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Visit Falkirk: Discover Coastline Castles, Pirate Ships and Country Parks

Discover the Falkirk area right in the heart of Scotland. Bursting with contrasts, you’ll find so much to do. Stay and explore some of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring sites, including the Kelpies and the iconic Falkirk Wheel. Dive into the area’s rich and ancient history, which includes the Roman Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Or enjoy the scenery at one of the many parks, play areas and cycling and hiking trails that criss-cross the area. Plan your visit to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are our top tips to make the most of your visit.

Things To Do

1. All Aboard at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Enjoy the thrill of a steam train ride at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway. Here you can savour a delicious onboard afternoon tea as views of stunning coastline and countryside roll by. If you’re travelling with children, time your visit to meet Thomas the Tank Engine. There are lots of other family events taking place throughout the year too.  With dogs welcome, everyone can enjoy their visit. Remember to pop along to the Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland’s largest railway museum before you leave. Stop for ice cream at McMoos or pop into the Corbie Inn for a bite to eat. Then complete your trip with a stroll along the waterfront, following the John Muir Way to the imposing fortress of Blackness Castle.

2. A Dramatic Coastal Castle at Blackness

Blackness Castle is dubbed ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its distinctive shape and location. Jutting out into the Firth of Forth, this imposing fifteenth century fortress was formerly a royal castle, a prison, and a garrison. It’s now a popular filming location that you might recognise from TV shows like Outlander. A great place to explore, the castle is dog friendly, and kids will love its craggy interior. While there, enjoy the spectacular views from its ramparts across the Firth of Forth and the three iconic bridges crossing the water. When you’re ready, stop in at the quirky Lobster Pot for a delicious seafood meal.

Highland Cow at Muiravonside Country Park

3. Marvel at Muiravonside Country Park

Explore this stunning 170-acre country park with its spectacular nature trails, working demonstration farm, scenic picnic spots and fun play areas. Meet Highland cattle, Clydesdale horses, Shetland ponies, pigs, and more at Newmark Farm. Then follow the River Avon Heritage Trail through the stunning gorge, discovering abundant wildlife as you go. While there, take in spectacular views from the top of Scotland’s longest aqueduct, which carries the Union Canal. Art lovers can follow the Sculpture and Poetry trail with its ‘art in the park’ markers and there’s also a fun play area for the kids. Remember to stop for refreshments at the Wee Coffee Cabin or Bridge 49 restaurant on the banks of the Union Canal.

4. Outdoor Adventures at Callendar Estate

With beautiful views across the Forth Valley, Callendar Estate is a great place to explore the outdoors. Its 67 km of paths include sections of The John Muir Way and take you through beautiful countryside and historic sites. Find the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie stood as he surveyed his troops at the Battle of Falkirk Muir in 1745. Or take an adventure on two wheels and rent bikes from Greenrigg Cycles to explore trails suitable for a range of ages and abilities. After all that activity, recharge with lunch at the Café at Canada Wood. Or enjoy a refreshing artisan ice cream (including one for your dog) at the nearby Milk Barn, where children can use up the last of their energy at the play area or on the bouncing pillows.

Pirate Adventures at Dollar Park

5. Pirate Ships and Picturesque Gardens at Dollar Park

A visit to Dollar Park is a must. This beautiful, ornate park close to Falkirk Town Centre features lush gardens, well-kept lawns, and picturesque walkways. Ideal for a leisurely stroll or a peaceful picnic, Dollar Park boasts a charming historic walled garden, colourful flower beds, and a delightful rose garden. Its pirate ship themed adventure playground will keep your littles ones occupied with lots of seafaring adventures. Tennis courts and a miniature golf course will keep older kids happy too. In the nearby town centre, you’ll find great places to eat, including the Falkirk institution, Behind the Wall, and the cosy Corner Café. Both welcome dogs and their well-behaved owners.

6. Discover the Heart of Falkirk

Leave the car behind and take this gentle, 10-mile circular route to discover Falkirk’s most iconic and best-loved landmarks. This scenic bike and walking trail takes you to the area’s modern marvels – the majestic Kelpies and mesmerising Falkirk Wheel, where you can take a boat trip on the world’s only rotating boat lift. The route also includes some of Falkirk’s most historic sites including the Roman Antonine Wall, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the newly restored Rosebank Distillery and the stately grandeur of Callendar House and Park. It’s the perfect way to see the biggest attractions in Falkirk.

The Falkirk area is easy to get to. Whether you’re coming from up north or down south, big cities or small towns, you’ll find us at the heart of Scotland’s motorway and rail networks. However you choose to travel, we’re less than an hour away from the big cities and airports of Central Scotland.

We want everyone to enjoy their visit to our area. Whatever your needs, you’ll find plenty of welcoming places to choose from. Our path network caters to visitors of all abilities, and we have many accessible attractions that help you explore with ease. So, while you’re here you can embark on adventures tailored to your needs.

Book the Perfect Base for your Adventure

Relax and unwind in style with our wide range of accommodation options. Whether you prefer the comfort of hotels, the charm of glamping sites, the serenity of a canal barge, or the warmth of a cosy B&B, Falkirk has the perfect home for every traveller.

Book your trip now and prepare for an unforgettable experience!

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