Walking & Cycling Excellent hiking and walking
paths can be found around The Ochil Hills and Campsie Fells.
Enjoy the extensive network of cycleways in Clackmannanshire.
Golf There are numerous courses to challenge
the golfer. Try a put over- looking Stirling Castle, or drive
down the fairways in the shadow of the Ochils.
Shopping Treat yourself or take home a souvenir
from one of the modern shopping centres in Falkirk
and Stirling, or grab a designer bargain at Tillicoultry. Simply
browse in the many country stores found in other towns and
Arts & Crafts Visit local galleries or craft shops
or take in a theatrical occasion at the MacRobert, the regional
arts centre situated on Stirling University Campus.
Indoor Sports A variety of different activities
await the visitor. Why not take a dip at one of the swimming
pools at Alloa, Falkirk, Grangemouth or Stirling.
Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire and the Campsies is a unique
area. It is here that Scotland’s historic past and exciting
future are both very much in evidence.
Nestling in lowland greenery of
rolling hills and farmland, the former town of Stirling was named
as Scotland’s newest city as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s
Jubilee Celebrations in 2002. Stirling, whose name signifies ‘place
of strife’, sits on the narrow waistband of Scotland’s
central belt. Stirling Castle, once the residence of Scottish Kings,
perches atop a long extinct volcano, trailing behind it the exquisite
architecture and cobbled streets of Stirling’s Old Town, both
castle and cobbles testament to Scotland’s more troubled past.
It was here that William Wallace
- the Braveheart - and Robert the Bruce won independence for
Scotland. In memorial was built the William Wallace Monument,
while Bruce’s historic victory is vividly remembered
at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre.
In more peaceful times Stirling wears
its historic importance lightly, and travellers are as likely
to come to Stirling for its contemporary shopping as they
are to visit the Victorian prison.
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
busy commercial centre of Falkirk was once the northernmost
frontier of the Roman Empire, and around its outskirts the
remains of Antonine’s Wall still stand, as does the
fifteenth century Blackness Castle, poised above the River
Forth, a reminder of earlier, stormy times.
Further along the Forth is Bo’ness,
at one time a hotbed of the Industrial Revolution, as attested
by the Kinneil Steam Railway, the once bustling Forth &
Clyde and Union canals and Birkhill Clay Mine with its 300
million year-old fossils.