Discover Falkirk area’s rich history and wilderness

 

As lockdown is being eased, we recommend you stay local and discover the hidden gems our county offers.

The Falkirk area has an extensive network of walking and cycling paths to explore, some of them are even suitable for horse-riding and Segway. Apart from stunning landscapes, our path network is rich in history and biodiversity.

 

Immerse yourself in Roman history, the Falkirk section of the Antonine wall has  some of the most remarkable places, or explore the site of the  Jacobite Battle of Falkirk located in  Callendar Estates. Discover the varied, rare and unique wildlife, enchanting woodlands and ancient hedgerows in some of our stunning nature reserves and protected areas.

Explore your area and discover its rich heritage and wilderness, you’ll be truly amazed at what you will find on your doorstep.

We strongly urge you to please continue to stay local, mindful of social distancing and respectful of your environment.

The following are some of our recommendations – share your favourites discoveries on social media using the hashtag #Visitfalkirk – enjoy!

 

Callendar Estates

Surprisingly close to Falkirk town centre and just over a mile from the Falkirk Wheel, you will find Callendar Estates. With fantastic mountain bike trails, waymarked walks, including the Jacobite Battle of Falkirk Trail, bike hire & Segway tours. It’s a great family day out.

In the estate you will find 5 waymarked heritage walks and a network of graded mountain bike trails From an easy stroll or leisurely cycle to heart pumping mountain biking, there is something for everyone.

The estate is on the route of the John Muir Way, a coast to coast trail, from Helensburgh in the west, to John Muir’s hometown of Dunbar on Scotland’s east coast.

Escape to the picturesque countryside and explore mature woodland and farm land; discover the varied wildlife, you may even be lucky and spot the very shy little pine marten; and enjoy fantastic views across the Forth Estuary and the Carse of Stirling to the Ochil Hills.

 

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Canada Wood Trails, Callendar Estates

 

Kinneil Nature Reserve

Once the site of the former Kinneil Colliery, Kinneil Nature Reserve is now fully restored and part of the Firth of Forth Special Protected Area. An excellent place to take the kids, go for walks, cycle and bird watching and appreciate the landscape of the inner Forth.

 It is a very special location for wildlife, home in the winter months to high numbers of rare birds. With a short coastal route and great views of birds feeding on the mudflats of the Forth Estuary, Kinneil Foreshore attracts a diversity of species.

The area is internationally important for breeding and overwintering birds as well as housing native tree species plus cycle paths and woodland.

Discover this and other nature trails in the Falkirk area here.

 

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Kinneil Nature Reserve

 

Skinflats

A  pleasant circular walking route with sustrans cycle route 76 cutting through the area behind the village of Skinflats. Skinflats is a protected area where you can find numerous ancient hedgerows and rare habitats.

Take a stroll through ancient hedgerows with raspberries, brambles, elderflower, hawthorns and rosehips. Great for collecting berries to make jam in the autumn.

Discover and admire some of the rarest habitats in the UK along the saline lagoons. Watch out for songbirds during the winter months, and wildfowl at high tide.

Find out more about this beautiful and fascinating area, as well as other fantastic paths around Airth Parish here.

 

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 Skinflats

 

Carron Glen

Carron Glen is a beautiful native oak and ash woodland along a steep-sided gorge carved by the River Carron.  

Carron Glen is a very old wood and is home to a great variety of wild plants and animals. The path through the reserve provides impressive views of the gorge and ancient woodlands where rare plants such as globeflower and toothwort grow. Also, this glen is one of the top 20 places in Scotland to see bluebells!

When is the best time to visit? The months of April and May are considered the best to look out for woodland birds and May and June for wildflowers. Autumn is a great time of the year to admire the stunning woodland colours.

Discover more walking and cycling paths around Denny and Dunipace area here.

 

Carron Glen

Carron Glen

 

Muiravonside Country park

The 170 acre, Muiravonside Country Park is Falkirk's only Country Park, providing 170 acres of stunning woodland and parkland, open all-year round with lots to do including nature trails, picnic sites, play areas and Newparks farm (currently closed).

Follow the River Avon Heritage Trail around the Park, climb up the historic and impressive Avon Aqueduct and see the relics of bygone industry and farming.

Muiravonside Country Park offers panoramic views, a spectacular river gorge and several relics of industrial archaeology, linked by a network of paths through a diverse ground flora. Over 90 species of bird have been recorded.

When it is safe to do so, we highly recommend you to take a wander around Newparks Farm where a charming collection of animals always surprise and delight, including Highland cows, alpacas and even a parrot. There is also a play park and café (which will open when regulations allow) , a great place to spend a family day out.

 

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Avon Aqueduct, Muiravonside Country park

 

Roughcastle

The Antonine Wall is the biggest, most awe-inspiring building project the people of Scotland had ever seen, stretching right across the country, from the Rivers Clyde to the Forth. Built by the Romans around AD142, as the north west frontier of their Empire, the wall is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rough Castle, although one of the smallest Roman Forts on the Antonine Wall is one of the best preserved. An ancient Roman fortress surrounded by an 80-acre woodland steeped in beauty and history.

The earthworks of its rampart and ditches are still clearly visible. Although the site is grassed over, this impressive landscape gives a vivid impression of what a Roman frontier defence must have been like 2000 years ago.

Walk along Rough Castle’s woodland, with a variety of native tree species, and immerse yourself  in  Roman history, you will find interpretation boards along the way. Short and easy going it is suitable for families with young children, elderly or less able walkers,  & cyclists.

Scotland's most exciting example of 21st century engineering, The Falkirk Wheel is just a stone’s throw away. Discover the path networks starting at the wheel here.

 

Roughcastle

 Roughcastle, Antonine Wall

 

Please remember to stay safe, stay local and continue to maintain social distancing at all times. And please take pride of your place and remember to take your litter home with you.

 

Check our Covid-19 resources for visitors and keep up to date with the response to Coronavirus and follow the guidelines from these various organisations:

Outdoor access guidelines during Covid-19 lockdown

Scottish Canals

Falkirk Community Trust

Ramblers Scotland

 

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