Dog friendly walks in the Falkirk area


The Falkirk area has plenty of picturesque dog-friendly routes. We have pulled together some suggestions of places where you can walk your dog, and at the same time get some much needed fresh air and exercise during this lockdown period. We will be developing a list of dog friendly cafes, pubs and accommodation providers for when you are allowed to visit - so please check back.


Make the most of our many outdoor spaces but we strongly urge you to continue to stay local and mindful of social distancing.



1. From the Falkirk Wheel to Rough Castle, Antonine Wall


Suggested walk 850m (1/2 a mile) circular walk from car park. (Allow at least 1 hour).


A popular dog walk in Falkirk 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.


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 Estates. It offers fantastic walking opportunities from short walks for all abilities to longer, more challenging walks. Five way marked Heritage Trails that will take you on a journey of discovery and adventure. (When restrictions ease enjoy a snack at the Dog-friendly Cafe at Canada Wood.) 



You could also pay a visit to The Milk Barn Ice Cream Parlour, and treat yourself and your furry friend to a delicious ice-cream or a lovely take-away coffee and cake. They even have their own special dog friendly ice-cream!




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 of some wildlife and habitats to disturbance 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


Suggested route - 2 miles (3.5 km)


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.


Dog Blackness Castle

Blackness shoreline


6. Dunmore Pineapple circular walk


Suggested walk (number 4) 1.5 miles (2.3km) circular walk from car park. (Allow at least 1 hour).


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.


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7. The Helix park and the Charlotte Dundas Heritage trail


The Helix Park, Home of the Kelpies, has a good network of paths to explore, wide and flat paths and loads of green space at the park. 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 get a chance of stopping to relax and have a hot drink.


Be mindful of other park users when letting your dog off the lead and remember social distancing rules. And 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


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


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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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