Virtual and Stay at Home activities in the Falkirk area

 

Although the lockdown is being eased, it’s still recommended to stay at home and local as much as possible. To give you something new, different and fun to fill your last few weeks at home we have created this virtual activities guide, which collects a variety of resources from a wide range of great visitor attractions in the Falkirk area. This is of course also ideal for a rainy day activity post lockdown!

 

Learn, get inspiration and dream of your visit to the Falkirk area when the time is right.

 

The following are some of our recommendations – enjoy !

 

 

Travel in time and follow the journey of Claire and Jamie in Outlander

 

Are you an Outlander lover? Step inside Claire and Jamie's world and experience some spell-binding Outlander magic from the comfort of your home.

 

Explore the Outlander based filming locations and hang out with other “Outlander friends” in a virtual tour created by a Scottish Tour company, Mary’s Meanders.

 

Get inspiration with our Outlander inspired itinerary and dream of an exciting journey in our area when the time is right.

 

Claire and Frank at Bo’ness Railway - PC: Sony Picture Television Inc. All rights reserved.

Claire and Frank at Bo’ness Railway © Sony Picture Television Inc. All rights reserved.

  

Stay fit and active at home

 

Have you had the opportunity to visit the great community and sport facilities at The Mariner Leisure Centre? With a large family friendly pool, sports facilities and a cafe, the Mariner has something for all the family.

 

With the centre currently closed, they have  free at home workouts for their customers. Due to their strong partnership with Les Mills they are able to offer this opportunity to help keep you active and working out at home.

 

If you’ve got bored kids in the house, you can all keep active together as there are kids’ workouts too!

 

Find out more and see what’s in offer.

 

Mariner Centre

The Mariner Centre Leisure Pool, Falkirk

 

Dream of experiencing Falkirk top’s and international acclaimed visitor attractions

 

If you are missing or haven’t not met our beloved Kelpies, Duke and Baron yet, we’ll bring them to you!

 

Towering a colossal 30 metres above the Forth and Clyde Canal they  form a dramatic gateway to the canal entrance on the East Coast of Scotland. Created by Scotland's leading sculptor Andy Scott, The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Central Scotland.  

 

Get a taste of what you could feel and experience in The Kelpies tour and explore what to  see and do when you are there.

 

Kelpies by Vass Media

The Kelpies, Falkirk © Vass Media

 

A visit to Falkirk is not complete without experiencing The Falkirk Wheel, the World's only rotating boat lift - which links the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

 

The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed with 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering and  recognised as an iconic landmark.

 

Watch the rotating lift in action and experience an exciting canal journey and virtual tour  from the comfort of your home.

 

Falkirk Wheel by David Wilkinson

The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk © David Wilkinson, Scotdrone

 

The majestic Kelpies and the famous rotating boat lift will always stand here waiting for you. Come and see them up close when it’s safe to do so.

 

Entertain your kids with fun and interactive games

 

Do you like mystery, suspense and excitement and love solving puzzles?

 

Falkirk’s highly rated Escape Rooms, ‘Divergent Games’, has put together a list of some of brilliant problem solving games to keep young and adults entertained during lock-down.

 

Discover other exciting escape rooms in the area, ‘Transcend’ and ‘Game Over’ and experience them when the time is right.

 

Divergent Escape rooms flyer

Divergent Games Escape Room, Falkirk

 

Another way to keep you children entertained at home is with Wonder World Soft Play apps, Falkirk's biggest and most exciting children's indoor adventure centre.

 

Empower you children’s creativity and imagination with engaging educational games, which are fun for both kids and parents. Access Wonder World apps here.

 

Wonder World Soft Play Falkirk

Wonder World Soft Play, Falkirk

  

Learn and discover the rich history and heritage of the Falkirk area

 

Discovering  your local history and heritage is a great and fun way to spend your time at home productively with the whole family.

 

Falkirk is full of history and its numerous historical attractions have  online resources which you can access from the comfort of your home. 

 

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

 

4 star Visit Scotland rated attraction Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway offers some great resources  to support our youngsters whilst schools remain closed.

 

Discover a practical educational pack, which includes a range of tasks covering relevant subjects like maths, science and history. Aimed at teachers, but suitable for home schooling too or even just something to give you a railway ‘fix’ until your next visit.Hopefully you will be able to soak up the atmosphere of this great heritage railway, enjoy its programme of special events and explore Scotland's largest railway museum in the not too distant future.

 

Bo'ness Railway

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness

 

Historic Environment Scotland

 

Historic Environment Scotland manages two of the must-visit attractions in the Falkirk area: The 15th century castle known as 'the ship that never sailed' Blackness Castle; and the impressive historic country house Kinneil House & Estate in Bo’ness, with some of the best examples of Rennaisance Art.

 

HES offers a wide range of resources for you to enjoy at home:

 

Historic Scotland App: Get inspiration and discover HES visitor attractions, this  includes activities to do at home and short relevant reads about history.

 

Learning and Crafting Resources: HES has brought together some of their  favourite resources to share with you online and entertain the whole family. It includes games, Gaelic learning, drawings and much more!

 

Archives and Historic Environment Records 

 

Kinneil House 2

Kinneil House & Estate, Bo’ness

 

Antonine Wall

 

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

 

Some of the best sections of the visible Antonine Wall Ditch and Rampart can be found in  the Falkirk area, including attractions such as Kinneil Estate, Callendar House & Park and Rough Castle.

 

The Antonine Wall site offers numerous resources and interesting information about the wall. It includes:

 

Learning centre: This holds  information for families, teachers and students to help you explore, investigate and learn about the Antonine Wall.

 

Research resources: Discover detailed references for each site along the Wall, a searchable object database, and lots of information on publications and ongoing research.

 

Antonine Wall app: To add to your visit and help interpret the many sites along the Antonine Wall. Explore the Antonine Wall on the palm of your hand and increase your online experience with  360° virtual reconstructions.

 

Antonine Wall, Falkirk by David Wilkinson, Scotdrone

Antonine Wall, Falkirk © David Wilkinson, Scotdrone

 

John Muir Way

 

Explore the John Muir Way, a unique journey through Scotland’s landscapes, history and heritage; and learn all about John Muir, America's 'father of national parks'. A great route that stretches 134 miles across Scotland’s heartland. A large section of the route can be found in the Falkirk area, a must for walking and cycling enthusiasts.

 

In the John Muir Way site you can find education resources to help you plan your own adventure, the history of John Muir, one of the most influential figures in the conservation movement, as well as detailed information of the route.

 

Callendar Estate Walking Trails

Callendar Estates in Falkirk, John Muir Way

 

Learn how to draw famous Scottish landmarks

  

Spend a fun time sketching some of the most famous Scottish landmarks. VisitScotland has pulled together this great resource to show you how to create Scottish drawings of 20 iconic landmarks, with easy step-by-step video tutorials that are perfect for beginners.

 

Among the 20 iconic attractions featured, it is included the most bizarre building in Scotland, The Dunmore Pineapple. This impressive and exotic building is located in our area. You will love sketching it!

 

The Pineapple is an elaborate and eccentric summer house built in the shape of a pineapple in the 18th century by Lord Dunmore. It presides over an immense walled garden open to visitors, while at the back is a private garden for those staying, with steps leading into the elegant room inside The Pineapple itself.

 

There will be new videos added every week, so keep checking back to see what's next! The Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel coming up soon! Access resources here.

 

Dunmore Pineapple 

 The Dunmore Pineapple, Airth

 

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:

Scottish Canals

Falkirk Community Trust

Ramblers Scotland

 

Discover our dedicated ‘Family days out’ and ‘Heritage’ pages for more inspiration.

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