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Falkirk Family Fun

Itinerary Overview

The Falkirk area is a fantastic destination for unforgettable family days out. Easy to get to and less than an hour away from the centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow, it’s a great destination if you’re looking for something different to do. Or, if you’re coming from further afield, you’ll find plenty to keep the younger members of the family entertained. The Falkirk area boasts attractions for kids of all ages and interests.

From outdoor adventures including parks, bike tracks, boat hire and kayaking and Segway tours to indoor fun on rainy days with soft play, trampolining, go karting, swimming, ten-pin bowling and even potion making, there's something for everyone. Get ready for memorable family moments packed with fun, laughter and adventures!

Recommended Time - 3 Days

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Day 1

Farmyard Adventures and Steam Trains

Stop 1 – Marvelous Muiravonside Country Park

Make your first stop at Muiravonside Country Park near Grangemouth. Explore this picturesque 170-acre oasis offering spectacular nature trails, a working demonstration farm, scenic picnic spots and fun play areas. Meet Highland cattle, Clydesdale horses, Shetland ponies, pigs, and more at Newmark Farm, while restored farm buildings are home to rabbits, guinea pigs, and other furry friends. Follow the River Avon Heritage Trail through the spectacular gorge to discover Scotland’s biggest aqueduct or take the Sculpture and Poetry trail with ‘art in the park’ markers. There’s also a fun play area and two adventure trails and the Wee Coffee Cabin for refreshments. Perfect for family fun!

Stop 2 – All Aboard At Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

Round off a wonderful day with the thrill of a ride on a real steam train at Bo’ness and Kinneil Heritage Railway. Enjoy a scenic ten-mile round trip on a heritage diesel or steam train. The kids might even get the chance to go and see the steam engine and its roaring firebox! When you return to Bo’ness and Kinneil station, take a short walk to the Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland’s largest railway museum. Here you can try your hand at sorting mail on a mail train, become a signaller, and explore historic steam engines and train carriages, including a vintage Glasgow Subway car.

Day 2

The Modern Marvels Of Falkirk

Stop 1 – The Kelpies & Helix Park

No trip to the Falkirk area is complete without visiting the spectacular Kelpies and the Helix Park. Say hello to the Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures, and see if you can get a selfie feeding them. Don’t worry – they don’t bite! For many children, the attractions at Helix Park will be just as big a draw. The park includes an impressive adventure play area, a picturesque lagoon, a splash play area plus miles of smooth bike tracks and trails to explore. Plus, there’s a café in the Visitor Centre or the Horse Box Café & Gift Shop, both at the Kelpies, offering a great place to recharge batteries before the fun continues! 

Stop 2 – The Falkirk Wheel & Segway Experience

Take a walk or bike ride from The Kelpies along the Forth & Clyde Canal to find the wonder of The Falkirk Wheel. Experience the thrill of sailing 115 ft into the air on the world’s only rotating boat lift! Let the kids roam free in the play park and remember towels for water park fun. You can play mini golf, rent paddle boards, kayaks, and bikes, or, for a truly unique experience, try zorbing in the Falkirk Wheel Basin as boats sail above you. Take a Segway tour for a different kind of adventure. Perfect for families, you’ll discover stunning views, woodland trails, and historic sites like nearby Rough Castle, part of the Roman Antonine Wall.

Day 3

Local Family Favourite Recommendations

Stop 1 – Artisan Ice Cream at The Milk Barn

Every member of the family will find their favourite flavour at the Milk Barn Ice Cream Parlour. Using milk from their own herd of dairy cows, the ice cream is freshly made on the premises. Enjoy breakfast or brunch and relax as your children have fun in the indoor or outdoor play areas. On sunny days, sit on the terrace and enjoy views over the Forth Valley and rolling hills as cows graze in the farmer’s fields and kids play on the bouncing pillows below. Your little ones can even try their hand at milking ‘Glenda’, the fibreglass cow! From here, you can walk, cycle of take a short drive to another firm Falkirk favourite, Callendar House & Park.

Stop 2 – A Falkirk Bairns Favourite – Callendar House & Park

Loved by every generation of Falkirk ‘bairn’, at Callendar House & Park you’ll find things to do for kids of all ages. From a Roman themed playpark for younger kids and a nature play trail, to ziplines, the Cycle Hub and mountain bike and pump tracks for older children, there’s something for everyone. In the summer, you can hire swan shaped pedalos, play crazy golf or let your children take a turn on the bouncy castle. Free to visit, inside Callendar House, you’ll find exhibitions tracing Falkirk’s Roman and Royal past, tasty treats in the historic tearoom and you can take a journey back in time in the warmth of the Georgian working kitchen.

Stop 3 – A Magical Experience At The Lonely Broomstick

Just a short walk from Callendar House, add a bit of magic to your day with a spot of potion making at the Lonely Broomstick in Falkirk Town Centre. Book an experience at the most magical shop in Scotland, choosing from potion making, wand selection or candle making. Or simply pop into the shop on the High Street to browse its collection of Harry Potter merchandise and stock up on some Lonely Broomstick Butterscotch Beer. At its nearby sister shop, Whimsic Alley, you’ll find a quirky collection of handcrafted gifts made by small businesses from across the wizarding world.

Stop 4 – Pirate Adventures at Dollar Park

Not far from Falkirk High Street, you’ll find Dollar Park. If you still have the energy, this lush green park includes a walled garden that’s perfect for picnics, spacious lawns for playing games, and colourful flower beds adding a touch of charm to its walks. Kids will love the pirate ship-themed play area, tailor-made for toddlers and younger children. From April to September, you can also try out the 18-hole putting green, hire tennis courts, and get refreshments at the park kiosk. Plus, during the summer holidays, your little ones will love the excitement of the bouncy castle.

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