Dog Friendly Walks Around Falkirk


The Falkirk area has many wonderful dog-friendly routes for your pet. Take a look at some of route suggestions below and make sure to snap a picture of your furry friend and share it with us using #VisitFalkirk on social media.




1. The Falkirk Wheel to Rough Castle, Antonine Wall


This popular Falkirk dog walk takes you to the best preserved Fort on the Antonine Wall, Rough Castle. It offers spectacular and memorable views of the surviving Roman remains.


Park at the Falkirk Wheel, and follow the path which is signposted from the visitor centre, a walk of about 15 minutes.


Distance: 850m (1/2 a mile) circular walk from car park

Time: Allow at least 1 hour



A picture of your dog at the World's only rotating boat lift is a must when visiting the area! Remember to tag us #Visitfalkirk and we will share your pictures.


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2. Callendar Park and Woods


Take your dog on a half hour wander through the wood at Callendar House & Park. The grounds of this fairy tale French chateau offer a variety of easy trails, perfect for dogs of all types. The woodlands and gardens host a number of interesting historical features including an Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens, a family Mausoleum and a small loch.


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3. Callendar Estate


Another great place to walk your dog in Falkirk is Callendar Estate. It offers fantastic walking opportunities, from short walks for all abilities, to longer, more challenging walks, with five marked Heritage Trails that will take you on a journey of discovery and adventure.



You could also pay a visit to Canada Wood Cafe for a bit to eat or to The Milk Barn Ice Cream Parlour, and treat your furry friend to a delicious dog friendly ice-cream or a lovely take-away coffee and cake!



4. Kinneil Nature Reserve


Part of the Firth of Forth Special Protected Area, Kinneil Nature Reserve is an excellent place to walk your dog and exercise, as well as appreciating the landscape of the inner Forth and take in some magnificent views over the River Forth.


The area is internationally important for breeding and overwintering birds, as well as housing native tree species plus cycle paths and woodland. Due to the sensitivity to disturbance of some wildlife and habitats, please keep to the path and do not allow dogs to disturb wildlife.


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5. Bo’ness to Blackness – The John Muir Way


A pleasant flat dog walk from Bo’ness to Blackness, part of the John Muir Way.


Follow the foreshore path heading towards Blackness. Continue through Carriden Woods. As you leave the wood, the views open up giving a superb outlook across the Forth. Continue past the ruined cottages and follow the foreshore path to Blackness.


Enjoy fantastic views of the Forth Bridges, and of course, Blackness Castle.


Distance: 2 miles (3.5 km)



6. Dunmore Pineapple circular walk


An exciting dog friendly walk in the Falkirk area around one of the most eccentric historic buildings in Scotland, The Dunmore Pineapple.


The all-ability path starts at The Pineapple car park, and leads to an immense walled garden where you are welcome to take a walk through the orchard of crab-apple trees, enjoy a peaceful stroll around the pond and through the surrounding woodland.


Distance: 1.5 miles (2.3km) circular walk from car park

Time: Allow at least 1 hour


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7. The Helix park and the Charlotte Dundas Heritage trail


The Helix Park, Home of The Kelpies, has a great network of paths to explore and loads of green space. This is a great place to get your daily exercise with your dog! There are also very handy clips for dog leads on the picnic tables so you can take a moment to stop and relax with a hot drink.


Be mindful of other park users when letting your dog off the lead. Don’t forget to take your doggie picture at the Kelpies before leaving!



Alternatively, from the Helix you can explore the historical Charlotte Dundas Heritage Trail. A 1.2km route where you will find a series of interpretative panels explaining the rich history of Falkirk and Grangemouth from 1700s to the 21st century.



8. The Foundry Fortunes Heritage Trail


Situated along one of the heritage trails in Larbert and Stenhousemuir, this trail takes in the sights of the Carron Dams, the Lido (Crownest Park), South Broomage and Larbert Old Parish Church. The route is made up of a series of six large coin monuments which depict the different elements and processes associated with the foundry.


Distance: 5 mile circular trail


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When you're outdoors with your pet, please clean up after your dog and do not disturb farm animals and keep your dog on a leash around farmland. Read more about responsible and sustainable tourism practices here#RespectProtectEnjoy Scotland.


Please share your pictures of your dog at our attractions and on the many great paths in the area by using the hashtag #VisitFalkirk

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Named The Best Walking Neighbourhood 2019 by The Ramblers, the Falkirk area offers a huge variety of places to walk. From canal paths, country parks to sections of the John Muir Way, and paths in and around The Helix and Kelpies.

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