Central and 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.
Things to do in Central and Stirling
Dewars Aberfeldy Distillery
Aberfeldy Distillery is a distillery in Scotland that distills Aberfeldy 12 and Aberfeldy 21 single malt Scotch Whisky
This bold medieval keep looks forbidding, but it’s full of art, riches, and intriguing tales. The 14th century tower was built to guard the strategically important ferry crossing located on the nearby River Forth.
The Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures, are situated in The Helix, an area of parkland bringing the surrounding Falkirk Communities together. The recently developed parkland promotes activities including cycling, walking, watersports, and more.
Flanders Moss Nature reserve
Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve is a great expanse of all things damp and wonderful. One of the largest intact raised bogs in Britain remaining, Flanders Moss is a wild and ancient landscape that has barely changed for thousands of years. The moss' surface is a mosaic of sphagnum mosses and other plants and animals adapted to a land that is rich in water. You can hear the rush of birdsong in spring, see lizards basking in the sun in summer, or witness the geese arriving in winter - Flanders Moss is worth a visit at any time of year.
Situated above Dolar Glen, Castle Campbell is a 15th-century fortress overlooking the Ochil Hills.
Doune Castle is a medieval stronghold close to the village of Doune, in the Stirling district of central Scotland. The castle is located on a wooded bend where the Ardoch Burn flows into the River Teith.
The Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel is a popular landmark in Central Scotland. The world’s first rotating boat lift is an exceptional example of modern engineering, linking the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, for the first time since the 1930s.
Located in the town of Stirling in Scotland, Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, and indeed in Western Europe, both historically and architecturally. Built on 'the castle hill,' a volcanic crag, it is surrounded on three sides by sheer cliffs, making it easy to defend. Together with its strategic position, this feature made it an essential stronghold from the outset, the object of struggle between the Scots and English. Numerous kings and queens of Scotland were born, died, or were crowned here. The castle is a national monument and is now governed by Historic Scotland, the Scottish Historic Buildings Agency.
Located in the nationally significant Callendar Park Historic Landscape, which contains a section of Antonine's Roman Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The house's permanent exhibitions are The Story of Callendar House, a history covering the 11th to 19th centuries, The Antonine Wall, Rome's Northern Frontier, and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850, which tells the story of how the area was transformed in the first century of the industrial age.
Callendar Wood is an ancient woodland that is a great place to come and visit with the whole family, behind Falkirk.
Argaty Red Kites
Argaty Red Kites is an award-winning conservation project. From red kite and red squirrel refuges to nature walks and conservation events, they bring you closer to the best of Scotland's wildlife. Argaty Red Kites is the only red kite feeding station in central Scotland. Every day they feed the birds, and visitors come to the hide to watch them and learn their fantastic story. The site also offers red kite and red squirrel photography hides, summer nature walks, and evening talks.
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Blair Drummond Wildlife Park is Scotland's premier wildlife park and adventure park.
Dollar Glen is a beautiful walking trail filled with rare and varied wildlife habitats, with tall trees, flowing burns, and the ruins of Castle Campbell tucked away within.
Stirling Albert Halls
The Albert Halls in Stirling has been the city's leading venue for the arts and civil functions for over 100 years; only a few minutes walk from the city center, the venue is the place to see a performance during a stay in the city.
Menstrie Castle is a beautiful three-story Manor house in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire. It is a fantastic example of 17th-century architecture, a rich history, and a collection of stunning portraits.
Stùc a' Chroin
Stùc a' Chròin is one of three beautiful Monros located around Callander in Stirlingshire. It makes for a beautiful climb that can give gorgeous views of Stirlingshire.
Ochil Hills Woodland Park
Once the grounds of a 17th-century manor, Ochil hills Woodland Park is a large green area that showcases some of Clackmananshire's most beautiful scenery.