Central and Stirling

The River House Stirling

The Stirling and Falkirk areas are littered with ancient battlefields from the time when Scotland was not considered worthwhile to conquer any further North than Stirling. Falkirk itself has little to offer other than Callendar park and the extraordinary Falkirk Wheel whereas Stirling has much more to entertain the tourist. Stirling old town, underneath the Castle, can be accessed from the train station but there are also key attractions that are spread out around the city and the surrounding countryside and thus are easiest accessed by car.

  • Beauty Spots

    Private House Stays has identified the following Beauty spots in the Stirlingshire area: Doune Ponds Nature reserve, Carron Glen near Denny, Carron Dam near Falkirk, Flanders Moss near Thornhill, Wallacebank Wood near Stenhousemuir, Gartmorn Dam Country Park, Glen Ogle Trail, Ochil Hills Woodland Park, Dundock wood, Alva Glen, Falls of Dochart in Killin and Valleyfield Wood

  • Museums and Art Galleries

    Private House Stays has identified the following locations in the Stirlingshire area for your consideration in addition to the links below: The Mill Trail Centre, The Breadalbane Folklore Centre, Dollar Museum, Grangemouth Museum and The Kinneil Museum

  • Wild Flowers

    There is one significant locations that is recommended for wild flower enthusiasts in the Stirlingshire area: Dollar Glen Nature Trail NTS. As with so many wild flower locations, these are also significantly beautiful places to visit anyway.

  • Archaeological Site

    The main archeological attraction in the Stirlingshire area are the best preserved sections of the Antonine Wall which for a while defined the North-west frontier of the Roman empire. Although the wall stretches from Boness to the Clyde, one of the best places to visit the wall is by parking at the Falkirk Wheel and taking the footpaths to Rough Castle, a Fort on the wall. The Kinneil Museum is particularly useful for studying the Romans and local history and is located in the 17th century stable building of Kinneil House near Boness.

    • Canals

      There are two fascinating canal attractions located either side of Falkirk city in the Stirlingshire area: The Kelpies, which is an enormous sculpture installation overhanging the M9 mororway that celebrates the breed of canal pony that used to drag the canal boats along the tow paths. The other attraction is the amazing Falkirk wheel which is a canal boat hoist that connects the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde canal so that you can connect direct from Edinburgh through to Glasgow

    • Ancient Castles

      There are a couple of ancient castles in the Stirlingshire area all with the history you would expect from an area littered with ancient battlefield sites. In addition to those linked below, we also recommend Finlarig Castle and Clackmannan Tower. Stirling Castle identifies all the battlefield sites that can bee seen from the castle battlements

    • Tourist Attractions

      The Blair Drummond Safari Park is located a few miles North-West of Stirling and is one of Scotlands biggest tourist attractions and a great day-out for all the family with lovely grounds and entertainment for all ages. G-Karting at Xtreme Karting is a big facility and we also recommend Argaty Red Kites, The Farmlife Centre in Thornhill, Kinneil House near Boness, The Leyden Obelisk, Muiravonside Country Park in Grangemouth and the Gardens of Callendar House in Falkirk for your consideration

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