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What to See & Do 2013-14

Explore: The Forth Valley – Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire

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The Forth Valley is full of wonderful landscapes, picturesque towns and villages and one of Scotland’s most historic cities. An excellent destination for touring from Edinburgh or Glasgow, explore the Ochil Hills, wonderful attractions such as Callendar House and The Falkirk Wheel, and the bustling streets of the city of Stirling, overlooked by the striking Stirling Castle. From the landmarks and battle sites of Stirling, to the Antonine Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site in Falkirk and the Tower Trail in Clackmannanshire, you certainly won’t be short of things to see and do in this part of Scotland.

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At the heart of the nation City of Stirling Falkirk Clackmannanshire Strathallan & The Campsies The perfect mix of attractions Where legends come to life VisitScotland Information Centres Quality Assurance Practical information How to read the listings Great days out – Places to Visit Great activities Great days out – Leisure Activities Great days out – Family Fun Food & drink Great days out – Food & Drink Shopping Great days out – Shopping What’s on Great days out – Events & Festivals Travel tips Great days out – Tours Great days out – Transport The Forth Valley area map

Cover Stirling Castle, Stirling. 01 Ochil Hills, Clackmannanshire. 02 The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk. 03 Castle Campbell, near Dollar. 04 Callendar House, Falkirk. 05 Curling on the Lake of Menteith, Port of Menteith. Credits Photography: Paul Tomkins/VisitScotland/Scottish Viewpoint, Chris Robson, Nils Schlebusch, Richard Campbell, Alan Jamieson, R.Pogson, Elin Isaksson Glass, Clackmannanshire Council, Falkirk Council, Stirling Council, Stirling District Tourism, Spirit of Stirling Festival, M J Clark, Legends Coffee House (National Wallace Monument), Historic Scotland, Disney•Pixar, Forth Valley College, Allanwater Brewhouse and Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park.

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At the heart of the nation

Did you know? Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park can be reached in only half an hour from Stirling.

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The Forth Valley lies right at the heart of Scotland. Small villages reside peacefully beneath rolling hills, with the cultural hub of Stirling offering a great base for exploring the Highlands or Lowlands of Scotland.

• Stirling is a compact city, which makes it easy to walk around. It’s modern shopping centre provides a dramatic contrast to the historic Old Town, and the university attracts students from all over the world. There is something intriguing about the way that old and new perfectly intertwine in this city. • Climb the National Wallace Monument or visit Stirling Castle which sits high on the hill overlooking the bustling city centre streets.

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• Falkirk grew around its canal system during the Industrial Revolution and the waterways are still a defining feature today. Visit the iconic Falkirk Wheel to experience the canals.

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At the heart of the nation • The Helix, opening in 2013, is a new outdoor recreational area packed with woodlands and parks, cycleways, pathways, a watersports lagoon and the impressive Kelpies, two 30 m tall horses’ heads, by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott.

• The picturesque Ochil Hills are ideal for those who love walking in the great outdoors. • There are several notable landmarks on the Tower Trail that include the Lowland seat of the Duke of Argyll.

• To the west of Stirling, the Campsie Fells stretch out towards Glasgow. Fintry has been voted Scotland’s ‘Best Kept Village’ on several occasions and Killearn boasts attractive 18th and 19th century cottages.

• In Clackmannanshire, wind your way through sleepy villages where the Ochil Hills provide a fantastic backdrop.

• During the 1800s woollen industries flourished and this heritage is still visible in both Alva and Menstrie as is the local brewing history, with beer still being produced in Alva and Alloa.

• The Campsies provide beautiful scenery and panoramic views over Loch Lomond, capturing the magic of the nearby Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

01 Lake of Menteith, Port of Menteith. 02 National Wallace Monument, Stirling. 03 Village of Killearn. 04 Tolbooth, Stirling. 05 Alva and the Ochil Hills.

Tips for the journey From Stirling, you can drive to Clackmannanshire along the A927, cross the Clackmannanshire Bridge, and head to Falkirk and Bo’ness.

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Sleepy villages

Historic castles

National Park

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City of Stirling Enjoy one of Scotland’s most historic, yet modern and vibrant cities.

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Don’t miss The grand Old Town Cemetery which spreads over the valley between the castle and the Church of the Holy Rude.

• Begin your day at the award-winning Stirling Castle which stands proudly against the skyline, rising above the landscape on a hill of volcanic rock. • A favoured residence of medieval monarchs and regimental garrison, the castle highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Great Kitchens and Tapestry Studio. Don’t miss the Royal Apartments of James V and Mary of Guise, which have recently been restored to their colourful Renaissance glory.

• Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the National Wallace Monument for rewarding views. Three different levels provide an insight into the life of a national hero, the building of the monument, and other famous Scots. • Spend an afternoon shopping at The Thistles, which boasts over 90 popular high street brands, or at the 19th century Stirling Arcade, which has been beautifully restored and offers a wide variety of independent stores. • Take a wander through the ‘top of the town’, Stirling’s Old Town, and uncover many ancient places such as the Church of the Holy Rude and Cowane’s Hospital.

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City of Stirling

Family favourite

Walk around the city

Check out the Bastion for free, a 16th century hidden gem beneath The Thistles shopping centre, where shoplifters would find themselves if they were caught.

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16th century Town Walls. Look out for purple plaques telling the story of individual buildings. Stirling Old Bri dge acro the Riv ss er Fort h, Stirlin g

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Monument to Gowan Hill walk is a magnificent woodland and riverside stroll that takes in Cambuskenneth Abbey, Stirling Old Bridge and the Beheading Stone, finishing at Stirling Castle. Q Enjoy one of the guided history

and ghost walking tours through the Old Town.

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Don’t miss Not only is the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum free, but it is also home to the oldest football in the world. Here you can admire the menacing cloak and axe of the headman who decapitated the ringleaders of the radical rising of 1820.

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01 Costumed interpreters, Stirling Castle. 02 William Wallace window, National Wallace Monument. 03 Stirling Castle. 04 Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling. 05 The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling.

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Falkirk

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Stretching from Bo’ness, on the south banks of the Firth of Forth, to Polmont, Grangemouth, Larbert and Denny, this area offers great variety and rich history. The flat canal towpaths are excellent for walkers and cyclists, and families can enjoy many fun attractions.

Sail 35 m into the air on The Falkirk Wheel as you sit back, relax and admire the views while learning about this feat of engineering.

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• Boasting fantastic motorway links and two railway stations, with regular trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow, getting to Falkirk is easy. • The Falkirk Wheel is a must-see. This iconic, contemporary structure is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift connecting the Forth & Clyde and Union canals. Take a boat trip or walk up the path to the top, where you’ll be rewarded with impressive views across the landscape. • Take advantage of miles of towpaths which are ideal for walking (much of it wheelchair accessible) and cycling. • Everyone can have a go on one of the Callendar Estate Cycle Trails, 19 km of single tracks that are graded from beginner to advanced.

• Get onboard the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, central Scotland’s steam railway. Take a ride on a steam or diesel locomotive and look out for landmarks along the way. • Immerse yourself in the history of Falkirk at Blackness Castle, a 15th century fortess on the River Forth that is unusually shaped like a ship. • Journey through 2,000 years of Scottish history at Callendar House and Park. Costumed interpreters bring the history to life and you can sample Georgian food in the 1825 working kitchen. In the grounds you’ll find the Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a park with play area, golf course, minigolf and boating lake.

Mountain bike trail From Denny you can reach the Carron Valley and experience fantastic trails such as the Pipe Dream and the Cannonball Run.

Innovative surprises

Woodland adventures

Historical discoveries

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Tee-off Q Glenbervie Golf Club, Larbert Q Falkirk Golf Club Q Polmont Golf Club Q Grangemouth Golf Course Q Callendar Park Golf Course

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Surprise yourself! Admire the bizarre and intriguing Dunmore Pineapple, a pavilion near Airth that was built in 1761. View the exterior from the walled garden and explore the surrounding woodland and ponds which are rich in wildlife. You can even stay here.

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01 The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk. 02 Callendar House, Falkirk. 03 The Bo’ness Foreshore Path. 04 The Dunmore Pineapple, near Airth. 05 The Union Canal, near Falkirk.

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Clackmannanshire Ancient history

Rolling hills

Artistic flair

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The Ochil Hills are hugely popular with fell runners due to the diversity of trails and terrain on offer.

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Clackmannanshire This small but perfectly formed area provides a tranquil base to spend a few days exploring the villages, countryside and nearby urban centres. • Clackmannanshire is steeped in history, with a strong industrial heritage, and boasts four medieval towers and manor houses which can be visited along the Tower Trail. • Alloa Tower is a good place to start the trail with original oak roof beams, a pit dungeon and internal well.

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• Castle Campbell, a 15th century tower house, is one of the best preserved in Scotland and overlooks the idyllic Dollar Glen.

• Enjoy cycling and walking trails such as the Gartmorn Dam circuit, where you’ll find the oldest man-made reservoir in Scotland. For more of a challenge, try the walk between Kings Seat Hill and Dollar, which takes in the ridges of the Ochil Hills.

• Follow the Andy Scott Sculpture Trail which features six distinctive public works of art by the Glasgowborn sculptor.

• Step inside Dollar Museum, an early 19th century woollen mill, now dedicated to the history and heritage of this quaint town.

• Head to the Alloa Makers Village, a collection of workshops where you can browse original art and beautiful pieces, and pick up some gifts for family and friends. Courses, exhibitions and open studio events are held regularly throughout the year.

• Check out the golf courses at Alloa, Alva, Dollar, Muckhart, Tillicoutry and Braehead.

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3 mile walk between Dollar and Tillicoutry. Why not walk one way and get the bus back? Q Alva Glen rewards walkers with

stunning views overlooking the smugglers’ cave at the bottom of the gorge. Q Mill Glen, which starts in

Tillicoutry, is an exciting short walk with many waterfalls to spot.

Don’t miss Rob Mulholland’s intriguing sculptures on Alloa High Street which are known as The Sentinels.

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Family favourite Cycling along the Devon Way or around Gartmorn Dam.

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01 Castle Campbell, near Dollar. 02 Alloa Tower, Alloa. 03 Summit of Dumyat, Ochil Hills. 04 Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve. 05 Alva Glen, near Alva.

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Strathallan & The Campsies Walks of discovery

Unique shopping

Fine cuisine

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Uncover distinctive towns, villages and rolling farmland, all set in the backdrop of the picturesque Campsie Fells. • Visit Dunblane and see the striking medieval cathedral, established in the 12th century and one of only a few of its kind surviving in Scotland. • The nearby town of Bridge of Allan is a former Victorian spa town and boasts a wide range of independent shops. • From Bridge of Allan, take the short Darn walk which follows much of

the River Allan to Dunblane and a path that is thought to date back to Roman times. • Another great walk from Bridge of Allan is the Little Carse Route, which takes in numerous points of interest including an old mill. • Families can enjoy hours of fun at the award-winning Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park. A boat trip

Andy Murray’s gold post box to mark his Olympic win, in the centre of his hometown of Dunblane.

out to Chimp Island is a must, as is a visit to the new elephant habitat. See if you can win the race to the bottom on the giant astraglide and test your nerve on the flying fox. • Witness the imposing courtyard castle at Doune and enjoy a tour of the nearby Deanston Distillery with its new coffee shop.

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Family favourite Enjoy tractor go-karts, mini diggers, outdoor play structures and jumping pillows at Briarlands Farm.

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Did you know? The Leighton Library in Dunblane is the oldest purpose-built library in Scotland. With the guidance of volunteers, visitors are allowed to handle and inspect volumes from the collections with the gloves provided.

01 Dunblane Cathedral, Dunblane. 02 Doune Castle, Doune. 03 Deanston Distillery, near Doune. 04 Campsie Fells, near Killearn.

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The perfect mix of attractions There is no shortage of visitor attractions on offer in the Forth Valley from museums and mighty castles to parks and gardens. History and heritage are important aspects of the landscape but there are also contemporary additions that include the Andy Scott Sculpture Trail and The Falkirk Wheel.

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Family favourite Hire bikes from Katrinewheelz and cycle the loch side path at Loch Katrine.

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Don’t miss Q Stirling Castle boasts sumptuous

Royal Palace Apartments with costumed interpreters to give you an authentic royal experience. Q Take to the air in the world’s

first and only rotating boat lift, The Falkirk Wheel. Q The medieval Castle Campbell is

dramatically located in Dollar Glen. • Dating back to 1400, Doune Castle was built by the first Duke of Albany who used it as a summer retreat for relaxing and hunting in the forests of the Trossachs. The property was also used as a filming location during the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

• Head to Barbara Davidson Pottery in Larbert which sell a wide variety of quality gifts and unique designs that are made on the premises. • Also in Larbert, you can get behind the wheel at Xtreme Karting, Scotland’s first 5-star karting centre. • Go behind the scenes and learn about the processes involved in creating whisky, Scotland’s national drink. Take a tour of Auchentoshan, Glengoyne or Deanston distilleries before sampling a dram of the ‘water of life’ for yourself. • You’re guaranteed to love Go Ape! treetop adventure in Aberfoyle, home to two of Britain’s longest zip wires, which flies adventurers past a 90 ft waterfall.

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01 Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling. 02 SS Sir Walter Scott, Loch Katrine. 03 Callendar House’s Georgian kitchen, Falkirk.

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Mysterious castles

Brave heroes

Ancient landscapes

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Rich in ancient history, stunning wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, come and explore the Forth Valley and discover an area that is remarkably similar to that seen in Disney•Pixar’s Brave. • Head to the Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve (NNR), near Stirling, the largest lowland raised bog in Britain. Explore the moss on the circular path and boardwalk, look out for frogs, toads, lizards and geese and admire the views from the 23 ft high viewing tower. • Spot up to 13 different species of birds including peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks and kestrels on the Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail, a 25 mile circular driving route. • Argaty Red Kites in Doune, is part of the trail and is central Scotland’s only

red kite feeding station. There are guided walks and daily ranger-led visits to the hide. • Step inside the fascinating history of the Forth Valley at an ancient castle such as Doune, Stirling, Blackness, Finlarig or Castle Campbell. • Why not admire some of the region’s glistening lochs? From the enchanting Loch Katrine and Loch Achray to Loch Venechar and Loch Earn amongst many. You will no doubt gain inspiration from these stunning natural spots.

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• Are you the next Merida? Test out your archery skills at Go Country, based at Kinlochard. • Admire the mysterious Killin Stone Circle and the picturesque Falls of Dochart, where the last member of the fighting McNab clan is said to haunt a nearby burial ground.

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Where legends come to life

Wildlife highlights Q Frogs, toads and lizards can all

be spotted at Flanders Moss NNR. Q Ospreys soar at the Lake of

Menteith and The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, near Aberfoyle. terious the m ys Exp lore f the Trossachs o s e landscap e Ochil Hills and th

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Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, as well as the bird displays at Blair Drummond Safari Park.

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01 Stirling and the Ochil Hills. 02 Castle Campbell, near Dollar. 03 Doune Castle, Doune. 04 Stirling’s Old Town at dusk. 05 Magnificent golden eagle. 06 Alloa Tower, Clackmannanshire.

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Find all you want to do in The Forth Valley - Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire in one place. For inspiration and ideas on how to make the most of your time in The Forth Valley - Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire call in to a VisitScotland Information Centre. Our friendly experts can offer advice on all things local as well as sharing their wider knowledge of Scotland. Ask and you’ll find all the hidden gems, from cultural to culinary. We don’t just advise either. We can sort out your accommodation and all your travel needs, as well as tickets for events across Scotland. So if you’re looking to get the most from your visit, call in and see us we’ll point you in the right direction. Bo’ness

Bo’ness Station, Union Street, Bo’ness EH51 9AQ

01506 826626

Falkirk

Falkirk Wheel, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS

01324 620244

Pirnhall

Junction 9, M9/M80, Service Area, Stirling FK7 8ET

01786 814111

Stirling (Old Town Jail)

St John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA

01786 475019

Stirling City Centre

Customer First, 1-5 Port Street, Stirling FK8 2EJ

01786 432003

Open All Year Open April until October Plotted on the area map on page 48 Some Centres may not offer all services listed

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You’ll be surprised where our search for quality takes us. Quite simply, it takes us the length and breadth of Scotland to visit thousands of different properties and grade them on the standard of hospitality and service provided as well as the standard of facilities. We do all the hard work so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. VisitScotland Quality Assurance. Quality you can trust.

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Because we care – www.green-business.co.uk Businesses that work in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way are graded: Bronze ∫, Silver ß or Gold © The very best of food and drink – www.visitscotland.com/foodanddrink We assess the presentation, quality and service of food in every kind of eating establishment in Scotland from fish and chip shops to pubs, takeaways and top class restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly bar or a romantic restaurant, EatScotland gives a reliable, authoritative and comprehensive guide to eating out in Scotland. Only those operators who meet the EatScotland quality standards are accredited to the scheme so look out for the logo ‰ to ensure you visit some of Scotland’s best, quality eating establishments. Those with extra special standards of food are awarded EatScotland Silver Í or Gold Ì. Look out too for the new Scotland’s Best Bars scheme, assuring the quality of the vast range of bars and pubs on offer. For more information on Quality Assurance or comments on star awarded properties please contact us: VisitScotland, Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3BJ. Email. customerservices@visitscotland.com or qa@visitscotland.com or visit www.visitscotland.com/qa Call into any VisitScotland Information Centre for further information www.visitscotland.com/wheretofindus


Practical information The listings within this guide have been split into the following sections: • Places to Visit • Leisure Activities • Family Fun • Food & Drink

• Shopping • Events & Festivals • Tours • Transport

Businesses within these sections are listed in alphabetical order by business location, then by business name. Each entry has a map reference (see example) relating to the map which appears on page 48 of this guide. The map is helpful if you don’t know where a particular location is in relation to the area that interests you. The majority of entries will have a postcode which can be used to pin point exact location. Where businesses are listed as being ‘By’ a town or village it is wise to check the exact location with the operator before making your journey. Some listings have a distance beside the location; this indicates the approximate road distance in miles from the main location. These mileages are voluntarily provided by the businesses themselves. Pricing Where prices of admission, services and facilities are included in entries, these are based on information received from the relevant advertisers. Please note that prices include VAT where applicable and are for your guidance only (VAT as at December 2012). Smoking The majority of Scotland’s indoor public places, including pubs, restaurants and cafés, are smoke-free by law, creating a healthier and fresher environment for residents and visitors to our beautiful country. For further information, visit www.clearingtheairscotland.com ƒ Family Fun There is a wealth of things to see and do that will keep smiles on faces all day and boredom at bay. Attractions which are particularly suitable for children have been highlighted within this guide. Please note this icon is not verified by VisitScotland Quality and Standards Department.

E Assistance Dogs The new Equality Act 2010 protects anybody who has or has had a disability and people who experience discrimination because they are linked or associated with a disabled person. In respect of assistance dogs the law quite clearly states that to refuse admission to a registered assistance dog is now unlawful and constitutes discrimination under the Equality Act 2012 under three possible categories: 1: discrimination arising from a disability; 2: indirect discrimination and 3: disability harassment. VisitScotland is committed to equality of opportunity and is working through its Accessible Tourism Project to educate and inform all our customers about the requirements under the law. We have encouraged all our business customers to use the assistance dog symbol in order to comply with law, or make it clear in a statement that they welcome all assistance dogs. It is always advisable to check with each establishment prior to visiting. v Hearing Loop Induction loop and infrared systems help people with hearing loss hear more clearly by reducing the effect of background noise. When a building has been fitted with a loop or infrared system, you will usually find this mentioned in their adverts, newsletters and at the entrance to the building. Informative signs and symbols should be displayed such as the loop sign above, it is always worth asking if it is not obvious. Please note this icon is not verified by VisitScotland Quality and Standards Department. , Dogs Welcome Dogs are welcome to this establishment, on the understanding that they are on their leash and are kept under control. You may have to check with each establishment whether there are restricted areas for your dog. Please note this icon is not verified by VisitScotland Quality and Standards Department.

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How to read the listings Location ‘By’ designates that a property is within 10 miles of this location. Mileage in brackets after the location indicates the distance from the named location.

Map reference To assist you further in locating each business, this grid reference relates to the map on page 48.

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Kinross KY22 9YR T: 01599 862655 www.scottgardens.co.uk gardens.co.uk utiful 18th century gar Beautiful gardens with café and popular daily events, overlooking Sco one of Scotland’s famous lochs. Plenty to see and do for all the family.

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Quality Award Where a Quality Assurance award has been included on an entry, the business has been graded by VisitScotland and provides assurances on quality and standards. The scheme is explained on page 17 of this guide.

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Places to Visit Historic Homes & Attractions

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Park Gallery Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR T: 01324 503789/503770 F: 01324 503771 artsandcrafts@falkirkcommunitytrust.org www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org The Park Gallery is a contemporary visual arts and crafts gallery situated in Callendar House. The exhibition programme includes work by local, national and international artists and makers. It also offers a programme of workshops and gallery talks, often led by the exhibiting artists and makers, for most of the scheduled exhibitions. Open:

All year; Mon–Sat: 10am–4pm. Sun (Apr–Sep only): 2–4pm. Admission: Free.

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Alloa Tower The National Trust for Scotland Alloa Park, Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 1PP T: 0844 493 2129 www.nts.org.uk Fully restored and furnished, this is one of Scotland’s largest surviving medieval towers. Explore the original medieval dungeon and sweep down the impressive Italian-style staircase!

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23 Mar-29 Apr, Fri-Mon, 1-5pm; 3 May-31 Aug, Thurs-Mon, 1-5pm; 1 Sep-28 Oct, Fri-Mon, 1-5pm (last entry 4.15pm). Admission: Adult £6.50, Concs £5, Fam £16.50 NTS Members Free.

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10-12 Hope Street, Bo’ness EH51 0AA Box office 01324 506850 arts@falkirkcommunitytrust.org www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org Enjoy new releases, classics, events and a friendly welcome in Scotland’s first purpose-built cinema, opened 1912.

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The Hippodrome

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Jan-Dec, dependent on screening times. Please refer to local listings. Admission: Full price £5.85 (subject to change, other prices/discounts/ concessions apply).

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Castle Wynd, Stirling FK8 1EJ T: 01786 450000 hs.stirlingcastle@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk Highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal and wonderfully refurbished Renaissance Palace. Some wheelchair access. (See our advert on back cover.)

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All year: 1 Apr–30 Sep, Mon–Sun, 9.30am–6pm. 1 Oct–31 Mar, Mon–Sun, 9.30am–5pm. Last entry 45 mins before closing. Admission: Adult £14, Child £7.50, Concs £11.

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Dunblane, Stirlingshire FK15 0AQ T: 01786 823388 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk One of Scotland’s noblest medieval churches. The lower part of the tower is Romanesque, but the larger part of the building is of the 13th century. Sir Rowand Anderson restored the Cathedral in 1889-93.

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Dunblane Cathedral

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The Tower Trail museum@clacks.gov.uk www.clackmannanshiretourism.com Take a self-guided tour of castles and medieval towers, each with its own fascinating story. Some have been attacked, most have played host to royalty, and another has witnessed the knighting of Robert Burns! Ě&DVWOH&DPSEHOOĚ&ODFNPDQQDQ7RZHUĚ$OORD7RZHU Ě0HQVWULH&DVWOHĚ6DXFKLH7RZHU Open:

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Sheriffmuir Access from Dunblane/Bridge of Allan. Site of the battle in 1715 between the Jacobites and government forces.

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By DUNBLANE Sir David Stirling Memorial Statue

Dollar, Clackmannanshire FK14 7PP T: 01259 742408 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Forbidding looking 15th century fortress dramatically situated above Dollar Glen.

B824 between Dunblane and Doune. Statue in memory of Sir David Stirling, founder of the SAS (Special Air Services). Information panels. Car parking.

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Castle Campbell and Gardens

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Castle Road, Doune FK16 6EA T: 01786 841742 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle.

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St Serf’s Church and Dupplin Cross Dunning PH2 0RR T: 01764 684497 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Historic parish church housing the intricately decorated 9th century Dupplin Cross. Before being moved to St Serf’s the magnificent cross stood on a hillside overlooking Forteviot for over a 1000 years. Guided tours available.

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The Faw Kirk www.foasmpc.org.uk The graveyard at Falkirk Old and St Modan's Parish Church contains important historical memorials from the era of William Wallace, the battle of Falkirk in 1298 and the second battle of Falkirk in 1746.

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Killin Heritage Trail

Blackness Castle

T: 01389 722600 www.lochlomond-trossachs.org The Killin Heritage Trail is easy to follow, mostly along the line of Main Street and Manse Road through the heart of the village, beginning or ending at the historic Falls of Dochart or making wider loops to explore further. Download a helpful map at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org

EH49 7NH T: 01506 834807 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Castle built by one of Scotland’s most powerful families. Commands stunning views across the Firth of Forth. Enduring roles were those of garrison fortress and state prison.

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Menstrie Castle The National Trust for Scotland

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Menstrie Place, Menstrie FK10 1DS T: 0844 493 2130 www.nts.org.uk 16th century manor house, birthplace of Sir William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling and founder of Nova Scotia. An exhibition in the Nova Scotia Commemoration Room tells the story of this ill-fated scheme.

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May–Sept. Easter Sun 2–5pm. Wed and Sat 2–5pm, or by arrangement. Admission: Free.

Falls of Dochart, Killin.

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Great days out – Places to Visit PORT OF MENTEITH

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Port of Menteith, by Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire FK8 3RA T: 01877 385294 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk A beautifully situated Augustinian Monastery founded in 1238 with much 13th century building surviving. Briefly housed Mary Queen of Scots as an infant.

St John Street, Stirling Dating back to the 1800s, all that remains of the church is the façade, now incorporated into the Stirling Youth Hostel.

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Inchmahome Priory

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Castle Wynd, Stirling FK8 1EJ T: 01786 450000 (Stirling Castle) hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Argyll’s Lodging is Scotland’s most splendid and complete example of a 17th century townhouse located on the upper approaches to Stirling Castle.

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Argyll’s Lodging

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Open: Access by guided tour only. Admission: Adult £2, Child £1, Concs £1.50.

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Back Walk Scenic pathway around the Castle and Old Town, taking in the medieval Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling Old Town Jail and Stirling Castle.

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The Beheading Stone

Kings Knot

Gowan Hill, Stirling access from Upper Castlehill or Back Walk. Reminder of gruesome capital punishment in times past, thought to have witnessed the execution of various important figures including Murdoch, Duke of Albany in 1425.

Access from Dumbarton Road/Kings Park Road, Stirling. An octagonal stepped, grassy mound below Stirling Castle which formed part of a magnificent formal garden constructed for Charles I around 1630.

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Cowane’s Hospital

Ladies Rock, Star Pyramid and Valley Cemetery

49 St John Street, Stirling FK8 1ED T: 01786 472247 F: 0845 280 3277 info@cowanes.org.uk Built by rich local merchant John Cowane (1637) as an almshouse for ‘Decayed members of the Merchant Guild’. Its bowling green is one of Scotland’s oldest.

The Ladies Rock in the Valley Cemetery was once a vantage point for watching royal tournaments. The Star Pyramid remembers martyrs seeking religious freedom.

Open: All year. Admission: Free.

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Logie Old Kirk Off A91 – 2 miles North East of Town Centre, Stirling. Crumbling 16th century church and graveyard full of fascinating old stones.

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Places to Visit STIRLING

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Mar's Wark Castle Wynd, Stirling Façade of mansion built for the Earl of Mar around 1570.

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Museums

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Mercat Cross

Kinneil Museum

Broad Street, Stirling Heart of Mercantile town in medieval times.

Duchess Anne Cottages, Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness EH51 0PR T: 01506 778530 www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org Within Kinneil House’s 17th century stable block is the Kinneil Museum, which tells the story of Bo’ness over the last 2000 years. With object displays and information on the Antonine wall and Roman fortlet, Kinneil House and its occupants, and the social and industrial history of the Bo’ness area, Kinneil Museum offers visitors a great day out.

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Rob Roy Statue

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Corn Exchange, Stirling In the town centre at the Corn Exchange, statue of folk hero Rob Roy McGregor.

Open: Mon-Sat, 12.30-4pm. Admission: Free.

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Stirling Old Bridge Late 15th century bridge which for almost four centuries was the lowest bridging point over the River Forth.

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Dollar Museum

Paragliding from the Ochil Hills, Clackmannanshire

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FALKIRK Callendar House

1 mile East of Stirling off the A907 (Grid reference NS 809 939). In its day a famous house of Augustinian Canons, the scene of Robert Bruce’s Parliament in 1326 and burial place of James III and his queen. The fine detached bell tower is the only substantial survivor but extensive foundations remain of the other buildings.

Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR T: 01383 503770 F: 01324 503771 heritage@falkirkcommunitytrust.org www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org Situated amidst magnificent park/woodland, Callendar House tells stories spanning almost 2000 years of history. (See our advert on page 47.)

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Cambuskenneth Abbey

Open: Apr–Sep: Open view exterior only. Admission: Free.

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Castle Campbell Hall, 1 High Street, Dollar FK14 7AY dollarmuseum@btconnect.com www.dollarmuseum.org.uk This award-winning independent museum, situated within a former 19th century woollen mill, explores the history of Dollar village, the Devon Valley Railway and Dollar Academy through permanent and special exhibitions held throughout the year.

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Great days out – Places to Visit TULLIBODY

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Callendar Park

Civic Centre, Abercromby Place, Tullibody, FK10 2RS T: 01259 723376 www.tullibodyhistorygroup.com Tells the fascinating story of one of the Scotland’s oldest villages, through displays, exhibitions and photographs. History comes alive in the re-created Victorian school room and 1940’s kitchen.

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Tullibody Heritage Centre

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Pop into a VisitScotland Information Centre and pick up a free copy of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and The Forth Valley Where to Stay Guide

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South Bantaskine Estate Lochgreen Road, Falkirk Woodland park with open grass areas. The former estates of Bantaskine stretched from existing slopes below Arnothill to Falkirk’s wooded high ground to the south, because of its elevation providing dramatic views across the canal, railway and town to the Firth of Forth and the hills of Fife beyond.

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GRANGEMOUTH Zetland Park

1 mile east of Alva (off A91), Alva FK12 Clackmannanshire T: 01259 450000 rangers@clacks.gov.uk www.clacksweb.org.uk Wonderful woodland walks in one of the oldest plantations in Scotland. Look out for roe deer and woodpeckers, or enjoy the spectacular carpet of bluebells during spring. Facilities include picnic areas and children’s playground. Car parking facilities are free.

Grangemouth Grangemouth’s main park offers adventure playground, crazy golf, putting, tennis courts and mini-traffic area. Also football pitches, rose garden and cenotaph where a garden bed is laid out every year.

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Pullar Memorial Park

Kings Park

Off Henderson Street/Keir Street, Bridge of Allan T: 01786 448308 This well cared for park was donated to the community of Bridge of Allan by Edmund Pullar after the Great War. It is also the setting for the town’s war memorial.

Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET T: 01786 448308 The main park in Stirling. Seasonal facilities include mini-golf, putting and tennis. There is also a children’s large play area and skateboard park.

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Places to Visit BLAIR DRUMMOND, by STIRLING

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Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park Blair Drummond, by Stirling FK9 4UR T: 01786 843109 F: 01786 841491 enquiries@blairdrummond.com www.blairdrummond.com Set in 120 acres of beautiful woodland on the A84, a “wild” experience awaits you. From elephants to meerkats, giraffes to chimps, there is something here to suit all ages. (See our advert on page 46.) Ě%HDXWLIXO:RRGODQG6HWWLQJĚ6HD/LRQ6KRZV Ě'ULYHWKURXJK5HVHUYHVĚ$GYHQWXUH3OD\JURXQG Ě&KLPS,VODQGĚ/HPXU/DQGĚ%LUGVRI3UH\Ě5HVWDXUDQW

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Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (Forestry Commission Scotland) T: The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 01877 382258 Or Cowal & Trossachs Forest District 01877 382383 cowal.trossachs.fd@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestry.gov.uk/qefp In the heart of Queen Elizabeth Forest park, 16 miles of routes for cyclists, walkers and horse riders, running through a wide variety of terrain and past many impressive sights including Loch Ard itself, Loch Chon, Duchray Water and Kelty Water. Enjoy a family-friendly experience on the Loch Ard sculpture trails. There's a picnic place for you to rest and enjoy the view.

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Briarlands Farm

Hogmanay fireworks, Stirling Castle

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Bannockburn The National Trust for Scotland

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Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

Glasgow Road, Stirling FK7 0LJ T: 0844 493 2139 www.nts.org.uk Historic site where, in 1314, King Robert the Bruce routed Edward II's army to win freedom for the Scots. Heritage Centre closed; new visitor experience opens in 2014 to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle. Temporary information unit on site.

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Union Street, Bo’ness EH51 9AQ T: 01506 822298 enquiries@srps.org.uk www.bkrailway.co.uk Beautiful heritage steam railway with nostalgic steam train journey, Scotland's largest railway museum and coffee shop.

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Blair Drummond, Stirling FK9 4UP T: 01786 841309 info@briarlandsfarm.co.uk www.briarlandsfarm.co.uk Family Fun in the Fresh Air! Giant Jumping Pillows, Go Karts and lots of other outdoor activities. Family Friendly tearoom and indoor craft corner. Visit our website or telephone for opening times and prices. See us on Facebook.

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Bridgeness Road, Bo’ness EH51 9JR T: 01506 827007 M: 0798 941 8559 r.h.anderson@hotmail.co.uk Classic car collection, James Bond displays, Harry Potter, chitty chitty bang bang (email to check chitty is at home before travelling), memorabilia, movie props. CafÊ, bar.

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Bo’ness Motor Museum

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The Brewhouse, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NY T: 01786 834555 realale@bridgeofallan.co.uk www.bridgeofallan.co.uk Visit our brewhouse and enjoy traditional Scottish hospitality and award-winning hand-crafted beers.

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Allanwater Brewhouse and Visitor Centre

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Deanston, By Doune, Stirling FK16 6AG T: 01786 843 010 F: 01786 841 439 info@deanstondistillery.com www.deanstonmalt.com Visit Deanston to experience the sights, aromas and sounds of a true working scotch whisky distillery. Eight miles north of Stirling on A84, a warm welcome awaits with our Distillery CafĂŠ worth the visit alone! (See our advert on page 46.) Äš3HUVRQDO'LVWLOOHU\7RXUVÄš6SLULWHG:KLVN\7DVWLQJV Äš9LEUDQW:KLVN\6KRSÄš8QLTXH'LVWLOOHU\:DUHKRXVHV Äš,QGXVWULDO5HYROXWLRQ+HULWDJHÄš'LVWLOOHU\+\GUR3RZHU Äš'HOLFLRXV'LVWLOOHU\&DIHÄš*UHDW6FRWFK:KLVN\

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Muiravonside Country Park Near Linlithgow T: 01506 845311 www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org Muiravonside Country Park covers 170 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens. The park offers a wide variety of amenities including nature trails, picnic sites, guided walks, visitor centre, cafeteria and children’s farm.

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Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, By Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ T: 01877 332000 or 376315/316 www.lochkatrine.com A Heart of Scotland Experience - enjoy the beauty of Loch Katrine with a cruise on the famous steamship Sir Walter Scott. Cruises operating every day from April until October. First sailings depart from Trossachs Pier at 10.30am. Book online at www.lochkatrine.com. Äš6RXYHQLUDQGJLIWVKRSÄš&\FOHKLUH Äš%UHQDFKRLOHFDIÂżUHVWDXUDQWEDU

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The Whangie (Queen’s View) A809, 7 miles North of Milngavie, Strathblane The Whangie is a geological fault, 50ft deep and 300ft long, probably the result of glacial movement. Popular with climbers.

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Old Gallows Road, Western Edge, Perth T: 01738 445568 bookings@noahsperth.co.uk www.noahsperth.co.uk Noahs has a brand new state of the art indoor play structure which boasts huge slides, ball pools, trampolines and ball blowers. Our indoor Karting track will appeal to all members of the family. We also have a 4 lane ten pin bowling alley. Äš5HVWDXUDQWÄš&HUDPLF6WXGLRÄš&DUDYDQ3DUNRQ6LWH Äš'LVDEOHG$FFHVVÄš6HFXUHHQWU\H[LWÄš&&79RQVLWH

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North End of Brook Street, Alva FK12 T: 01259 450000 rangers@clacks.gov.uk www.alvaglen.org.uk Walk in spectacular and beautiful surroundings. Good paths lead from the carpark to more rugged ground, past waterfalls with views into the gorge. Rich in wildlife and fauna, this glen is popular with photographers and naturalists. The ‘Alva Glen Illuminations’ take place in September.

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Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Rd, Causewayhead, Stirling FK9 5LF T: 01786 472140 info@nationalwallacemonument.com www.nationalwallacemonument.com An outstanding landmark and an unmissable sight - commemorating the life of Scotland’s national hero. (See our advert on page 47.)

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Plean Country Park President Kennedy Drive, Plean, Stirling T: 01786 442541 (for information) Beautiful Victorian estate with woodland walks, parkland, picnic area and orienteering course. The beautiful woodlands, scrub, wildflower meadows and ponds provide homes to many different birds and animals. In early July, the wildflower meadows are dotted with the spikes of thousands of Greater Butterfly Orchids. On a quiet summer evening you may be fortunate enough to glimpse the shy roe deer as they venture out of the woods to graze in the fields. Car park. Toilets. Open all year, dawn to dusk.

Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve Sauchie (Nr Alloa) FK10 1EB T: 01259 450000 www.clacksweb.org.uk Industry created it, nature reclaimed it and people enjoy it – this area of outstanding natural beauty, is centred around Scotland’s oldest man-made reservoir. Walks, wildlife and fishery. No 1. spot for migrating ducks in winter. Ě,GHDOIRUIDPLOLHVĚ)UHHSDUNLQJĚ6KRUHDQGERDWILVKLQJ Ě/RZOHYHOZDONVĚ3LFQLFDQG%%4DUHDĚ%LUGKLGH 67189

All year: 1 Apr-30 June, 10am-5pm; 1 Jul-31 Aug, 10am-6pm; 1 Sep-31 Oct, 10am-5pm; 1 Nov-31 Mar, 10.30am-4pm. Closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan. Admission: Adults ÂŁ8.25, Concs (seniors/students) ÂŁ6.75, Children ÂŁ5.25. Family and group discounts. Prices subject to revision.

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Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve The National Trust for Scotland

Dollar Glen, Dollar FK14 7PP T: 0844 493 2133 www.nts.org.uk Wooded glen with spectacular walks to Castle Campbell. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its range of wildlife habitats and important geological features. Take care during or after rain as the paths can be dangerous.

Ben Lawers, by Loch Tay (off A827 near Killin) FK21 8UW T: 0844 493 2136 www.nts.org.uk Famed for its botanical riches, the rare mixture of lime rich underlying rocks, high altitude and climate combine to make Ben Lawers NNR a haven for a huge diversity of plants. There's everything from the lush vegetation of the lower slopes to rare arctic-alpine plants like saxifrage and gentian eking out an existence high on the mountain.

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Dollar Glen Woodland The National Trust for Scotland

Open: All year: Mon–Sun. Admission: Free.

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Lerrocks Farm, Argaty, Doune FK16 6EJ T: 01786 841373 bowser2@btopenworld.com www.argatyredkites.co.uk Central Scotland’s only Red Kite feeding station. A must for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.

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Loch Ard, The Trossachs

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Doune Ponds

Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve

By Doune, Perthshire T: 08452 777000 Woodland and wetland nature reserve with viewing hides, picnic area, nature trails and a variety of accessible trails.

Scottish Natural Heritage, The Beta Centre Innovation Park, University of Stirling FK9 4NF T: 01786 450362 nnr@snh.gov.uk www.nnr-scotland.org.uk This National Nature Reserve is a huge raised bog, remnant of one of the largest lowland bog areas in Britain. Stand on a viewing tower and take in the wide expanse of peat that covers the Carse of Stirling between the Trossachs and the Campsie Falls. In summer adders and common lizards bask in the warm sunshine, and the distinctive calls of snipe and stonechat ring through the clear evening air. Reserve open all year.

DRYMEN TO PITLOCHRY Rob Roy Way www.robroyway.com A 7 day walk following the tracks and paths usesd by Rob Roy MacGregor in the 17th and 18th centuries as he worked, fought and lived the life of Scotland’s most notorious outlaw. Starting from Drymen on the West Highland Way the route goes north east to finish in Pitlochry. The Way is 77 or 94 miles, dependent on route choice, travelling through glens, along rivers, past mountains and lochs. Experience Scotland at its scenic best!

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Ben Lui National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage, The Beta Centre Innovation Park, University of Stirling FK9 4NF T: 01786 450362 nnr@snh.gov.uk www.nnr-scotland.org.uk The four high peaks of this Reserve attract both walkers and naturalists. Moist cliffs and rocky outcrops support an unusually lush growth of specialist mountain plants. Look out for beautiful saxifrages in the rich carpets of mosses and lichens and keep an eye out overhead for golden eagles.

KB818, by Fintry Famed waterfall where the river Endrick cascades 94ft over rocky ledges, 2 miles east of Fintry village.

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The Forth Valley – Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire

Great activities

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Leisure centres, an abundance of outdoor activities and golf courses make it easy to get active whatever the weather in the Forth Valley. • Have a go on the high wires, zip wires and ladders at Go Ape! treetop adventure in Aberfoyle.

SS Sir Walter Scott or stay on land with Katrinewheelz cycle hire.

• Grab your wetsuit and try some water skiing, wakeboarding and towable rides at Lochearnhead Watersports Centre.

• Fishing is a popular pursuit in the region. Trout fisheries abound on the outskirts of Stirling with North Third offering a 120-acre trout fishery which is internationally renowned and set amid stunning upland scenery.

• At Castle Rednock, near Port of Menteith, join a guided Segway trek and enjoy pony trekking and orienteering while the kids will love being towed behind a quad in a quad pod.

• Bank angling and boat fishing is on offer at Swanswater and the rivers Forth, Teith and Carron are great for salmon fishing.

• Enjoy the views as you set sail on Loch Katrine on the historic steamship

• With 27 holes and magnificent views, golfers will love Muckhart Golf Club. Nearby Glenbervie at

Larbert provides a challenge for all abilities and Callander is beautifully set in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Both Alloa and Dunblane were designed by the famous course architect James Braid. • You may wish to walk a section of the West Highland Way or go up the Ochil Hills or Campsie Fells and round one of the charming towns. • Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve, near Alloa, is fantastic for walking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching.

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Great activities

Fantastic trails Q Callander Heritage Trail Q Killin Heritage Trail Q Falkirk Town Heritage Trail Q Rob Roy Way from Drymen Q Stevenson Way which passes

through Callander

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National Cycle Routes Route 76 goes along the Forth and Route 7 passes through Callendar and heads north.

Salmon fishing Great value-for-money permits are available for the Forth and Teith rivers from Stirling Council.

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01 17th green at Stirling Golf Club, Stirling. 02 Kayaking the Forth & Clyde Canal, near Falkirk. 03 Alva Glen, Clackmannanshire. 04 Paragliding from the Ochil Hills.

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Leisure Activities Activities

Golf

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MUCKHART, by DOLLAR (3 miles)

The Devon Way (Dollar to Tillicoultry)

Muckhart Golf Club

Lovers Loan (starting point) Dollar FK14 7AB T: 01259 450000 rangers@clacks.gov.uk www.clacksweb.org.uk This scenic, low-level route is popular with walkers and cyclists. A 3 mile section between Dollar and Tillicoultry follows the old railway line and offers great views of the Ochil Hills and River Devon. The route continues to Alloa, meeting with the National Cycle Route 76 ‘Round the Forth’.

Drumburn Rd, Muckhart, by Dollar FK14 7JH T: 01259 781423 T: 01259 781493 (to book tee-times) enquiries@muckhartgolf.com www.muckhartgolf.com 27 great holes. 18 hole course of the day with 9 casual rotating regularly. Fantastic views. Full bar/catering.

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Unit J, Lochlands Business Park, Larbert FK5 3NS T: 01324 579797 F: 01324 579747 xtremekarting.co.uk www.xtremekarting.co.uk Experience the thrill of Motorsport at Scotland’s FIRST 5 star karting centre! (See our advert on page 47.)

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All year: Mon-Fri, midday-10pm, Sat and Sun, 10am-10pm. Please call to check track availability. Admission: Karting Sessions available from £17.50/driver (dependant on age; minimum age 10 years old).

MILNGAVIE to FORT WILLIAM The West Highland Way

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152km (95 miles) long, the walk links Milngavie to Fort William – from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch.

All year: Mon–Sun, 9am–11pm.

GRANGEMOUTH

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Grangemouth Sports Complex

33 Stirling Enterprise Park, Stirling FK7 7RP T/F: 01786 445703 admin@cndoscotland.com www.cndoscotland.com Scotland’s Premier Walking provider – guided or independent – days, weeks or longer. Just get to Stirling, gateway to the best walking in Scotland. Fun, safety, sustainable are the qualities; along Trails, through Wilderness or up Mountains.

Abbots Road, Grangemouth FK3 9JD T: 01324 504560 There is a 25m swimming pool with a learner pool with two flumes, health and fitness studio, cond. room, one squash court and two large multipurpose sports halls, sauna, steam room and a general purpose meeting room in this centre.

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Stirling Castle

Blair Drummond, by Stirling FK9 4UR T: 01786 843109 enquiries@blairdrummond.com www.blairdrummond.com Set in 120 acres of beautiful woodland on the A84, a "wild" experience awaits you. From elephants to meerkats, giraffes to chimps, sea lion shows and bird of prey displays and an adventure playground with pirate ship and buried treasure, there is something here to suit all ages. See our advert on page 46.

Stirling Castle,Stirling FK8 1EJ T: 01786 450 000 hs.stirlingcastle@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk Recently voted Scotland’s best Heritage Attraction, Stirling Castle is a great place for all the family to get hands on with history. Meet the characters of the Royal Stewart Court in the newly refurbished palace, dress up in renaissance costume or try some of our interactive games and quizzes. Some wheelchair access.

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The Forth Valley – Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire

Food & drink

Try it now At Mhor Bread in Callander, bread is made traditionally by hand, using flour milled in Scotland.

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From hotels and restaurants to tiny tearooms and cosy cafés, you can have a casual coffee and bite to eat or indulge yourself with luxury dining in this region. • Visit one of the local farmers’ markets, which take place in Falkirk and Stirling. You can purchase everything from succulent meats including Highland beef, venison and wild game to scrumptious homemade scones, cakes and organic vegetables.

Unique experience Bottle your own whisky at Glengoyne Distillery, from an exclusive single cask, and record it in the official customs book.

• You’ll no doubt enjoy the delicious home baking, light lunches and snacks available at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum Café. • Hang out with friends and family in the sunshine, whilst enjoying some delicious al fresco dining in the outdoor booths at Adamo, Bridge of Allan.

• Savour the flavours of famous chef Nick Nairn at The Kailyard by Nick Nairn at Doubletree by Hilton, Dunblane Hydro. • In Stirling, have a barbeque outside at the Birds & Bees or enjoy a more traditional meal, followed by afterdinner drinks by the log fire. • Head to the Trossachs Beer Festival at The Lade Inn, Callander in September for more than 25 cask ales, over 100 Scottish beers and live music. • The Callendar House tea room in Falkirk is the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea and cakes.

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Food & drink

Instead of a wee dram Q In Bridge of Allan, enjoy a

tour and tasting experience at Allanwater Brewhouse for free. Q In Bo’ness, sample real ale

and cask beer from the Corbie Inn Brewery.

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Download The Stirling Food & Drink App is the perfect tool for finding a bite to eat while you’re out and about. For more information visit www.stirling.gov.uk/food-app

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01 Gallery Restaurant, Forth Valley College Stirling. 02 Allanwater Brewhouse, Bridge of Allan. 03 Legends Coffee House, National Wallace Monument. 04 Delicatessan sign on Port Street, Stirling.

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Food & Drink Cafés

Restaurants

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Deanston, By Doune, Stirling FK16 6AG T: 01786 843 010 F: 01786 841 439 info@deanstondistillery.com www.deanstonmalt.com Our Distillery Cafe for delicious wholesome, healthy food, freshly prepared. Great coffee and scrumptious cakes! (See our advert on page 46.)

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The Brenachoile Cafe, Loch Katrine.

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Great days out – Food & Drink STIRLING

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9 Upper Craigs, Stirling FK8 2DG T: 01786 451130 info@kiltedkangaroo.com www.kiltedkangaroo.com If you’re looking for a fantastic meal, a cold beer and some great entertainment in the heart of the city then this is the place to go. Ě$XVVLH7KHPH%DUĚ*UHDW)RRGĚ/LYH0XVLF Ě6WDQGXS&RPHG\Ě2SHQ0LF1LJKWĚ3XE4XL] Ě.DUDRNHĚ+XJH%HHU*DUGHQ

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The Forth Valley – Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire

Shopping

Don’t miss Farmer’s Markets are held on the 4th Sunday of every month at Sterling Mills in Tillicoultry.

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Whether you are looking for high street fashion, designer labels, or simply want to uncover small local treasures, you are sure to find something special in the Forth Valley. • Enjoy arts and crafts shopping at Barbara Davidson Pottery in Larbert, which sells unique and beautiful hand-thrown pottery.

• In Stirling, The Thistles shopping centre has more than 90 stylish shops with a mix of big brands and speciality stores.

• The Alloa Makers Village brings together an eclectic mix of artists and makers. Join in a class or visit one of the regular exhibitions.

• The Stirling Arcade is housed in a beautiful Victorian building and boasts everything from independent retailers to chic cafés.

01 Snow Bowls for sale from Elin Isaksson Glass, Alloa. 02 Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire.

• Escape the bustle of the high street at Sterling Mills Retail Outlet Shopping Village at Tillicoutry for designer outlet shopping at excellent prices.

• The Victorian spa town of Bridge of Allan has everything from Scottish needlework to books, glassware, and contemporary local arts and crafts. • Falkirk is home to the Howgate and Callendar Square shopping centres and many independent stores on the narrow cobbled lanes, while Bo’ness also has a great mix of traditional shops.

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Muirhall Farm, Larbert FK5 4EW T: 01324 554430 bdpottery@aol.com www.barbara-davidson.com www.cannycoasters.com One of Scotland’s best known potteries, fine handmade stoneware, cards, gifts and our new Dialect and Ken Lochhead ranges.

Jan–Dec: Mon–Sat, 8am–Late. Sun, 10am–4pm.

Hogmanay fireworks, Stirling Castle

For a list of exciting events taking place throughout The Forth Valley see pages 41-42

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The Forth Valley – Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire

What’s on

Don’t miss Q The Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival

motor race in September. Q The Doune Hill Climb, motor

sport event in April, June and September.

Highlights for the bookworms Q Off the Page, Stirling’s book

festival in September. Q September also welcomes

Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s first festival dedicated to crime fiction.

Don’t miss Forth Valley Open Studios is full of creative experiences waiting to be discovered.

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Discover events and festivals that take place throughout the year in rural villages and the lively city of Stirling. • The Tolbooth is one of Stirling’s main venues for music and arts and hosts a number of live music concerts, performances, exhibitions and art classes. Offering the perfect mix of modernity and history, certain features from 1708 still remain in the venue, regarded as one of the best in Scotland. • Enjoy a nip of the national drink at the Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival in May. • Uncover a weekend of classic and rare silent films, together with musical accompaniment and special

guests at the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema in Bo’ness. • Highland games take place during the spring and summer months in towns and villages throughout the region such as Bridge of Allan, Callendar, Airth and Stirling. • Watch some of the biggest names in comedy at Funny in Falkirk in July. 02

• With underwater lighting, a laser show, a fire juggler and a giant fairy, you’ll love the Alva Glen Illuminations – a visually stunning spectacle which takes place in September.

01 Fireworks at the National Wallace Monument, Stirling. 02 Bridge of Allan Highland Games.

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What’s on Key Map Reference (See map on page 48)

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May

Family

11 Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival

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June

Highland Games Local Shows & Galas

8 – 16 Forth Valley Open Studios

Music, Arts & Culture

Various across Forth Valley www.forthvalleyopenstudios.com

Sports

February

July

Feb – Dec First Friday Farmers’ Market

13 157th Famous Alva Games

High Street, Falkirk

2 – 19 May Minted: A history of coins, notes and banking Falkirk www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org

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14 Sekonda Stirling Highland Games D3

Bo’ness www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org

17 Alloa Half Marathon Alloa www.alloahalfmarathon.co.uk

20 – 22 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship Stirling www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org

29 – 30 Forth Valley’s Larbert Beer Festival Larbert www.camra-forth-valley.co.uk

Stirling www.sshg.org.uk

19 – 30 Funny in Falkirk – Central Scotland’s Comedy Festival

March 13 – 17 The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

Alva www.alvagames.co.uk

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20 Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games Lochearnhead www.lochearnheadhighlandgames.co.uk

26 – 28 Gartmorn Dam 300 Gartmorn Dam Country Park www.discoverclackmannanshire.com D4

27 – 28 Callander Highland Games Callander www.callanderhighlandgames.co.uk

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What’s on August

November

Aug – Oct Artists Rooms, Ian Hamilton Findlay

5 Fireworks display

Falkirk www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org

1–4 Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival Stirling www.lochlomondsoccer.com

4 Bridge of Allan Highland Games Bridge of Allan www.bofagames.com

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Alva www.alvaglen.org.uk

National Fishing Championships Lake of Menteith Fisheries www.sanacc.org.uk

7–8 Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival

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Bo’ness www.bonesshillclimb.org.uk

Various across Stirling www.bloodyscotland.com

Alloa www.scotfest.co.uk

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The Lade Inn, Callander www.theladeinn.com

Tryst Festival Falkirk www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org

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28 – 30 Callander Jazz & Blues Festival Venues across Callander www.callanderjazz.com

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More events to discover Alva Glen Illuminations

Throughout Scotland www.doorsopendays.org.uk

13 – 15 Bloody Scotland

31 – 1 Jan 2014 Stirling’s Hogmanay Festival Stirling Castle Esplanade, Stirling www.stirlinghogmanay.co.uk

1 – 29 Doors Open Days

Stirling www.stirling.gov.uk/offthepage

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7 – 14 Off the Page Stirling Book Festival

Falkirk www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org

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This list highlights just a selection of events taking place in The Forth Valley – Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire in 2013. The information contained in this publication is as supplied to VisitScotland and to the best of VisitScotland’s knowledge was correct at the time of going to press. VisitScotland can accept no responsibility for any errors. Events can be subject to change, we recommend you check details with a local VisitScotland Information Centre before travelling (see page 16).

Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival.

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FALKIRK Falkirk Town Hall Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, Falkirk FK1 5RS T: 01324 506850 arts@falkirkcommunitytrust.org www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org Falkirk’s premier arts centre; a year round cavalcade of comedy, drama, music and children’s entertainment. Open: All year Admission: Ticket prices vary, please see website

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Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE T: 01786 274000 www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth Located in the heart of the old town, the Tolbooth is Stirling’s venue for live music and the arts, with bar. The Tolbooth has always been a feature of Stirling’s cultural life: it has served as Townhouse, Burgh Chambers, Town Gaol (complete with death cells) and Court, and hosted a parliament in the reign of James VI. Open:

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The Forth Valley – Stirling, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire

Travel tips

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By road • A first-class road network makes the Forth Valley very accessible by car. • Sitting at the heart of Scotland, there are excellent motorway links into Stirling from where you can take main or country roads further into the region. • Nearby Falkirk is accessible on the road to the Highlands and only 30 minutes away from Edinburgh Airport.

By rail • Stirling railway station is located right in the centre of the city, serving the towns and villages across the Forth Valley. • Falkirk is particularly well served from Edinburgh and Glasgow,

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as it lies on the fast service between the cities, with departures every 15 minutes during the day. • Clackmannanshire is also well connected, with direct services from Glasgow and Stirling to Alloa railway station. • For more information contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

By bus • Stirling and Falkirk offer local bus services to major towns as well as some of the minor villages of the Forth Valley. • For more information and to plan your journey visit www.travelinescotland.com

By bike • Route 76 of the National Cycle Network runs from the Edinburgh area through Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa before continuing around to Fife. • Use the route as a great scenic way of exploring the region, with some sections largely traffic-free.

National Tourist Routes • The Forth Valley Tourist Route will take you from Edinburgh to Linlithgow, Bo’ness, Falkirk or Stirling through some magnificent scenery and takes in many historic sites and attractions. www.visitscotland.com/touristroutes

01 Alloa train station. 02 Local bus service, Bo’ness. 03 Stirling train station.

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Tours

Transport Transport

NATIONWIDE

Trike Tours Scotland (Est. 2006)

Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental (Stirling)

T: 0131 319 1199 M: 0778 626 7826 info@triketoursscotland.co.uk www.triketoursscotland.co.uk The first chauffeur-driven trike tour (carries two passengers). Helmets (integrated headsets), leather jackets and gloves provided. Complimentary photographs, whisky and shortbread.

T: 0844 875 9756 rental.reservations@arnoldclark.co.uk www.arnoldclarkrental.com The largest Scottish rental company, with an extensive range of vehicles, from small cars to people carriers, 4x4's, estates and automatics. Prices from ÂŁ25 per day. One-way hire available. Extras include child seats and sat nav's. Professional and easy to use service.

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Pop into a VisitScotland Information Centre and pick up a free copy of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and The Forth Valley Where to Stay Guide

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Included in Admission Price Wild Animal Reserves, Boat Trip around Chimp Island, Sea Lion Shows, Bird of Prey Centre & Displays, Lemur Land, Pets Farm, Adventure Playground, Giant Astraglide, Pedal Boats, Flying Fox, Picnic & Barbecue areas By Stirling Scotland FK9 4UR Tel: 01786 841456 Junction 10, M9 4 miles along A84 towards Doune signposted on M9 & A84. On-site parking

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Open 7 Days March - November 10am - 5pm December - February 10am - 4pm Direct Bus Service No. 10 bus from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow stops at the gates of Glengoyne Distillery. 40 Minutes Drive (approx) from Glasgow and Stirling. Glengoyne Distillery, Dumgoyne, by Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LB T: 01360 550254 F: 01360 550094 E: reception@glengoyne.com www.glengoyne.com

Distilled more slowly for the highest quality – THE REAL TASTE OF MALT.

The high point of your visit to Stirling t William Wallace’s Battle Sword t The Hall of Heroes t Souvenir and Gift Shop t Panoramic Views t Free Car Parking Relax and unwind at...

t Speciality Coees t Cakes & Sandwiches t Wraps & Paninis t Freshly Made Soups

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THE NATIONAL WALLACE MONUMENT OPEN EVERY DAY (except Christmas day, Boxing day, and 1st January) 5&-  twww.national wallacemonument.com

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Towpath by the Union Canal, Falkirk

Paragliding at the Ochil Hills, Clackmannanshire.

Main image: Looking towards Loch Katrine from the Summit of Ben A’an.

Scotland’s spectacular landscapes have been shaped by history and the elements throughout the centuries. Join us in the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 as we celebrate Scotland’s natural heritage; throughout The Forth Valley; take part in exciting outdoor activities whether on land, water or in the air, savour our delicious local produce and encounter rare and beautiful wildlife. The journey doesn’t stop there, plan your trip and experience it for yourself! www.visitscotland.com/natural


Memories You’ll Take Home. Book your tickets for a royal experience you’ll never forget.

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