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Dog Friendly Days Out

Itinerary Overview

The Falkirk area is a great place to bring your furry friends on holiday. With 500 km of trails to choose from, plus plenty of dog-friendly attractions, Falkirk is a dog-friendly destination. From gentle walks along historic canals to exploring scenic country parks or grand estates, Falkirk welcomes well-behaved humans and hounds alike. Whether you're strolling through picturesque landscapes or uncovering the rich history of our region, Falkirk promises an unforgettable experience for every member of the family, including furry ones.

Recommended Time - 3 Days

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Day 1

Bark & Stroll: Dog Walking Adventures In Falkirk

Walk 1 – Modern Marvel to Ancient Wonders

Explore Falkirk’s beauty on a dog-friendly walk from the modern marvel of The Falkirk Wheel to the Roman ruins of Rough Castle. Start at the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre, admiring the world’s only rotating boat lift soaring overhead. Then follow the path that takes you under the wheel and delve into ancient history at Rough Castle. Your dog will love padding through tranquil woodlands to reach the ancient Roman fort, part of the UNESCO Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. This picturesque walk blends history, natural beauty, and dog-friendly trails in a perfect experience for both you and your pet.

Walk 2 – Paws & Plaques: Wandering Falkirk Town With Your Pooch

Embark on a dog-friendly journey through history with Falkirk Town Heritage Trail. Linking 25 sites of interest, plaques mark each site and its historical significance. Start at the historic Steeple on the High Street and take in sites ranging from the original Barrs Irn Bru factory, Falkirk Old Parish Church and Graveyard, with tombs from the time of William Wallace, and the cottage where Rabbie Burns stayed. See if you can spot the town’s coat-of-arms on the Old Burgh Buildings with the motto “Touch Ane, Touch A’ – Better Meddle Wi’ the Deil then the Bairns o’ Falkirk” then stop for a spot of lunch at one of the dog-friendly cafes in the town centre.

Walk 3 – Dog-Friendly Delights: Exploring the Kelpies and Helix Park

End the day with a dog-friendly stroll at the enchanting Kelpies and Helix Park. Start your walk marvelling at the towering equine sculptures against the backdrop of the Forth and Clyde Canal. Wander serene paths through lush greenery, past ponds buzzing with wildlife and around the lagoon. With handy clips on picnic tables for leash breaks and hot drinks you can take your time exploring the beautiful Helix Park. Here, you’ll also find Falkirk’s only 24/7 self-service dog wash. So, you get your pup cleaned up before taking a dog selfie at the Kelpies! With plenty of space to roam, the Kelpies and Helix Park offer a perfect setting for an unforgettable outing with your beloved pet.

Day 2

Falkirk's Dog-Friendly Countryside Walks

Walk 1 – Strolling Through History at Callendar Park

Indulge in a delightful dog walk in Callendar Park, with its enchanting woodlands and open green spaces. Take your furry companion on a leisurely half-hour wander through the picturesque grounds of this fairy tale French chateau. With a variety of easy trails, Callendar Park offers something for dogs of all types to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the woodlands and gardens, where intriguing historical features abound, including an Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens, a family Mausoleum, and a charming small loch. From the remnants of the Roman Antonine Wall, to the woodland that Mary Queen of Scots herself once strolled, it’s a perfect blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue.

Walk 2 – Trails and Treats at Callendar Estate

From Callendar Park, make your way to the nearby Callendar Estate where your dog will be in for a treat. Whether you prefer short strolls or longer, more challenging hikes, Callendar Estate caters to every four-pawed adventurer. Its fantastic walking trails take you through stunning woodlands and farmland and include five marked Heritage Trails, promising a journey of discovery and adventure. After your walk, visit Canada Wood Cafe or The Milk Barn Ice Cream Parlour to indulge your furry friend with a delicious dog-friendly ice cream while you take in the views with a coffee and cake on the terrace. Callendar Estate offers the perfect setting for a dog-friendly day out.

Walk 3 – Whisky Trails: A Dog-Friendly Peek at Falkirk Distillery

End the day with a visit to the dog-friendly Falkirk Distillery. Embark on a fascinating whisky adventure in this new, family-run distillery on the outskirts of Falkirk. With public tours coming soon, you can request your own behind-the-scenes tour of this impressive newcomer to the whisky world. Find out more about the process of making Scotland’s national drink and get a glimpse into the craft of whisky-making in the grand distillery building. With plans for public tours and tastings, and a café and shop opening soon, Falkirk Distillery promises to be a whisky-lover’s paradise. It’s also a great place to share an unforgettable experience with your furry friend.

Day 3

Waggy Wanders to Let Off Steam

Walk 1 – Muiravonside Country Park & Bridge 49

Explore the dog-friendly haven of Muiravonside Country Park, 170-acre gem 2 miles from Grangemouth. Open all year round, it offers nature trails, picnic spots, and play areas, including Newparks Farm where you can see farm animals ranging from Highland cattle to Shetland ponies. Follow the River Avon Heritage Trail to discover relics of bygone industry, including the towering Avon Aqueduct, the largest in Scotland. Panoramic views, a spectacular river gorge, and diverse flora await, along with over 90 recorded bird species. Make your way to Bridge 49 café for a spot of lunch on the banks of the Union Canal, where furry companions are welcome to relax after a busy morning.

Walk 2 – All Aboard for a Paw-some Adventure at Bo’ness Railway & Museum

From Muiravonside Country Park, make your way to Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. Get on board for a steam train adventure, with your dog welcome to ride with you in the standard class open carriages. Remember to keep those paws on the ground with no sneaky seat snuggles allowed! After the 10-mile round trip, grab some treats at the Station Buffet and enjoy a tail-wagging picnic at the charming benches dotted around the site. Then take a short walk to the nearby Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland’s largest railway museum for a look around its collection of heritage trains, carriages and memorabilia. It’s a dog-friendly day out with a difference. So, get all aboard for adventure!

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