10 ideas to enjoy an Autumn break in Falkirk

Discover central Scotland this Autumn. A great season to explore this beautiful country. Its Autumn colours, and dark starry skies make it a perfect time  to enjoy an Autumn break with the family.


Here are some of our ideas for your autumn holidays, with places to visit and to stay, family breaks for school holidays, walks and activities in the Falkirk area for more inspiration keep checking our website and follow our social media channels.


Keep up to date as to which businesses have the 'We're Good to Go' accreditation here (this means they have adhered to Government and public health guidance on COVID-19).



1. Discover 2,000 years of history at Callendar House & Park


Callendar House is a stunning 14th century, French chateau styled house, 5-star rated visitor attraction. Enjoy a wide range of temporary and permanent displays, including The Story of Callendar House, The Antonine Wall and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850.


Don’t miss the Georgian kitchen with costumed interpreters creating an exciting interactive experience. Explore the magnificent park and woodlands, have fun in the Roman themed play park (weather permitting). Please note that The Tearoom will remain closed temporarily.


Check which Covid-19 safety measure Callendar house is taking here.


Fun fact – did you know that the kitchen in Callendar House was used in Season 2 of Outlander  


Callendar House Good To Go



2. Explore the world’s largest equine sculptures – The Kelpies


A visit to the Falkirk area must include the world famous Kelpies in the Helix Park! A colossal 30 metres tall sculpture above the Forth and Clyde Canal.


Have a wander and amaze yourself with these magnificent 100ft tall equine sculptures, discover the Helix park, which boasts a large lagoon for water sports, a great lawn for events and activities and area, an extensive network of family friendly cycling and walking paths. Enjoy a warm cup of tea or coffee and and cake at the Plaza café (weekends only) or Horsebox café just beside the Kelpies. Why not hire an e-bike and take a cycle along the canal all the way up to the Falkirk Wheel.


Please keep checking here for the re-opening date of the visitor centre and Kelpie’s tour.


Kelpies Good To Go



3. Sail into the air on an unforgettable boat trip at The Falkirk Wheel


Just a short 10 minute drive or bus trip from the historic Falkirk Town Centre will take you to The Falkirk Wheel,  the world’s only rotating boat lift. Sail 115 ft into the air in one of their barges, have a delicious coffee and a wide variety of quality foods at the visitor centre. The kids will love the play parks and keep an eye out for some exciting new activities coming on line soon. Check the Falkirk wheel Covid-19 safety guidelines before your visit here.


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4. A hidden gem on the outskirts of Falkirk - Cloybank Estate


Discover Cloybank Estate, a must-visit hidden gem on the outskirts of Falkirk.


Cloybank offers a wide variety of Country Sports, including Golf, Air Rifle Shooting, Fishing; an animal area with ducks, Geese, Pygmy goats, and much more.


Make sure you visit their family run tearoom, with a great range of  home baked products as well as produce from the onsite polytunnel.  It has a relaxed comfortable atmosphere to enjoy with your children and it is dog friendly too! The golf academy offers 3 pitching greens, 1 large putting green, and bunker practice. Plus a 300 yard driving range complete with 6 open bays is also on-site.


Cloybank Estate



5. Experience the thrill and adrenaline of indoor karting


Xtreme Karting is a 5-star  VisitScotland rated, karting centre. Whether you aim to be the next F1 champion, or you are a complete novice just wanting to experience the thrill of racing, Xtreme Karting has race tuned karts, an exhilarating track and a range of exciting race sessions guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping and put a smile on your face. (Check out their Escape room on site too NB for 16 year olds and over)


Check their new safety guidelines here


Xtreme Karting Good To Go



6. Take on a challenge with family and friends at Divergent Escape Rooms


If you love mystery, suspense and excitement, then Divergent Escape Rooms is the perfect place to enjoy time with your family and friends. This highly rated escape rooms will transport you to a different time and place. Find the clues, solve the puzzles and beat the clock. Please visit their website to check the new safety precautions.


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7. Explore the ship that never sailed - Blackness Castle


Shaped like a ship and situated on a promontory which juts out into the Firth of Forth, Blackness Castle is known as 'the ship that never sailed'. The kids will love exploring this 15th century castle and be fascinated by the ‘Pit Jail’.


After your visit to the castle, enjoy home-cooked food and a warm atmosphere at The Lobster Pot, a quirky local pub a stone’s throw from the historic landmark or make your way to Mannerstons farm shop and cafe and sample their award winning ice-cream.


Please be aware that  Blackness Castle car park and external grounds are only available to paying visitors at present. You must pre-book your tickets which you can do online here.


Blackness Castle Good To Go



8. A peaceful and natural haven - Dollar Park & Walled gardens


Visit Dollar Park and enjoy a walk in this stunning parkland. Located a stone’s throw from Falkirk town centre it has a range of spectacular flower displays throughout the year, the beautiful Autumn colours are lovely to see.


Covering a half-acre it offers a range of features/activities including: a sensory garden, and arbour area if you want to bring your own picnic, bandstand and a pond area teeming with wildlife. The walled garden is open 7 days a week from 10am until 3.30pm.


A large Victorian two storey mansion can be found within the park’s boundaries, which has its own café, Arnotdale House and Café, and is currently open. (Thursday through to Monday from 10am until 3pm) and certified as a 'We're Good to Go' business.


Dollar Park Vass Media



9. Enjoy an exclusive collection -  Bo'ness Motor Museum 


Opened in 2004 by Caroline Munro and Shane Rimmer, 2 of the stars of the Bond film, "The Spy who Loved Me".


Bo’ness Motor museum has a private collection of over 25 vehicles ranging from a Baby Austin A30 to a Grand Tourer Aston Martinon display. A wide range of James Bond memorabilia including cars, props and posters from many 007 films and TV, plus a comprehensive collection of transport memorabilia and a varied selection of artefacts from days gone by.


Museum and gift shop is open weekends only from 11am to 4pm. For a weekday visit please phone 01506 827007 to book an appointment.


Boness Motor Museum



10. Immerse yourself  in a magical experience - School of Witchcraft & Potions


Discover the first School of Witchcraft & Potions in the UK, and possibly the world!


It is an immersive magical experience in the heart of Scotland. Enter into a world like you've never seen before. Meet their Potion Master and be immersed into the creation of potions (from a choice of over 200+ ingredients), wand movements, spells & so much more.


School Of Witchcraft Potions



Places to stay

With plenty of things to see and do, you may want to stay in the Falkirk area a bit longer. You will find we have a great range of accommodation. From B&Bs to hotels, safari tents, camping pods, camp sites and self-catering properties, there is plenty accommodation to choose from.


For our full listing of accommodation click here


Places to eat

A stop off at one of our many award-winning restaurants and cafes is a must. Plus if your kids ( and you ) fancy an ice-cream you are spoilt for choice with a number of  ice-cream producers dotted throughout the area including:


Read more here.


And of course if you are thinking of bringing the family pet check out our listing of Dog Friendly attractions/hotels/cafes & bars here.

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