Arndean Cottages are located at the Mains of Arndean, Blairingone, Dollar, Clackmannanshire in Central Scotland.
In a glorious rural setting with spectacular long distance views to the Trossachs, this delightful converted steading enjoys a very convenient location, being within 45 minutes drive of Edinburgh, Perth, Stirling and Glasgow. The self catering holiday cottages are situated in a quiet setting on a private estate.
Firpark Ski Centre, in Tillicoultry, offers a whole range of snow sport activities throughout the year on its 120m dry ski slope. Firpark offers skiing, snowboarding and blading for people of all levels of experience, with expert tuition given by their experienced instructors.
For something different they have tubing lets, which allow up to 15 people to descend the slope in tubes (similar to a large inner tube) just for fun. This activity is great fun and suitable for all age groups. To book a tubing session please telephone the Leisure Booking line on (01259) 213131.
Inside the Centre they offer cold drinks and confectionery.
The Mill Cafe, large and family friendly, is located next to their Homestore. Their aim is to provide fresh drinks, snacks and hot meals that, wherever possible, are prepared with local ingredients. Mill Cafe know that your time is precious and so your meals will be prepared as quickly as possible and brought to your table by one of their hospitality team. Their menu changes daily with exciting specials created depending on the seasonal ingredients available.
Situated opposite the main front entrance the fully licenced Butterfly Restaurant is the perfect place for a more leisurely sit-down meal or spot of afternoon tea. The traditional indoor setting is complimented by a large outdoor seating area that’s surrounded by a fresh herb garden.
Friendly, tastefully decorated b&b and adjoining bistro with French Boules Pistes and views of Ochil Hills from guest patio area. Located close to Sterling Designer Outlet village, golf courses, shops, pubs, cafes, and cycle routes along the River Devon. Hill walking and other activities in the area. Stirling is only 9 miles away and Alloa 3 miles (train station for Glasgow and Edinburgh).
If you don’t know it and haven’t been before, The Woolpack is an institution. Generations of drinkers use the pub and as tenders of the bar it is a great responsibility to make sure that standards that have been in place for over 100 years are maintained. The pub recently won The C.A.M.R.A. Forth Valley pub of the year and it is in Cask Real Ales where we excel, with a choice of four ales, using breweries from all over the country to ensure there is always a variety of tastes and flavours for our customers.
At Westbourne House they do their utmost to ensure visitors enjoy a warm, comfortable, relaxed and memorable stay. Their hard work and dedication to achieving and maintaining such high standards is reflected in their over 400 five-star reviews. They can offer the house on a last minute B&B basis or on a self-catering basis.
Edinburgh University Exmoor Pony Trekking Section (EUEPTS) is a non-profit, student run organisation and a university society, running treks for students and the general public. Any level of rider can come and experience this cheeky native breed whilst enjoying our beautiful surroundings from horseback.
The trekking experience is unique, taking the ponies straight from their field onto the hills (no roads involved on any of our usual treks), and allowing you to join in with caring for your pony before and after the trek.
Founded in 1899, the club and course enjoy a backdrop more reminiscent of the Swiss Alps than Central Scotland. Indeed, this was confirmed when, on 20th June 1879 while passing by train, Queen Victoria described Tillicoultry as “lying in a wooded green valley at the foot of the Ochil hills, reminding me of Italy and Switzerland”. The course itself is visually stunning, with magnificent views, some taxing golf and a fiercely proud reputation as a friendly welcoming club, Tillicoultry Golf Club, is a must for the keen amateur (and not so amateur) golfer.
An exciting short walk exploring the dramatic Mill Glen, one of the gorges that scour the southern wall of the Ochils. There are many bridges and small waterfalls as well as the fabulous glen itself. Clear and popular path; however there are many steps, it is rough in places and there are unprotected drops.
For the past 49 years, Gartmorn has been a family run farm who offer the finest free range poultry.
Gartmorn Farm ethos are to rear happy, healthy birds that have lived as naturally as possible. A true free-range environment is incredibly important for the welfare of the birds and everyone who works on the small farm is dedicated to maintaining high standards of animal welfare and are passionate about producing the high quality produce they have become known for.
Tigh Na Mairi is an old stone cottage that has been completely renovated and upgraded to provide all the comfort and facilities visitors would expect for a holiday, whilst retaining its character.
There are miles of footpath from the cottage door and 2000 acres of open access Woodland Trust land surrounding the cottage.
The peaceful hamlet of Burnfoot is 15 minutes from the main A9 road north Gleneagles exit and is five minutes walk from the local award winning pub and restaurant.
Gartmorn Dam is a peaceful retreat for people walking, cycling, horse riding, picnicking and bird watching. The reservoir is based on a natural loch that occurred here before the damming took place and as such was always home to water-loving wildlife, from very small insects to larger animals, like otters.
Gartmorn Dam was recognised as a nationally important site of special scientific interest in 1971 with a variety of rare pondweeds and part of it is also designated as a Local Nature Reserve as it is an important site for migratory wildfowl in the winter months. Many birds also live at Gartmorn all year round and breed here in the summer time, like the Great Crested Grebe.
Wild brown trout are at home in the water body and often shoals of young perch can be seen. They live in high densities as it helps them to avoid being eaten by larger fish, such as local pike.
In 1982 it became Clackmannanshire’s first and only Country Park.
You can take in the incredible views Central Scotland has to offer with Real World Riding, a Mountain Bike Coaching and Guiding service.
If you are a beginner and would just like to enjoy the ride, Real World Riding takes all the stress out of the experience by guiding you through it. This will allow you to build your confidence, visit somewhere special and have an adventure.
They also offer bespoke skills sessions and programmed courses if you are looking to develop your trail riding skills.
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Formerly a grand 17th century house, the former lordly estate now acts as an attractive woodland park that cuts through some of Clackmannanshire’s finest scenery.
The Ochil Hills lie north of the Forth valley, straddling Stirling, Alloa, Kinross and Perth. Located near the Wood Hill, between Alva and Tillicoultry, the park is now all that remains of Alva House’s grounds.
Alva House was once home to the Erskine family and it dates back to 1636. Eventually sold to the Johnstone family in the late 18th century, it was rebuilt as a mansion by Robert Adam in 1789. It was further extended in 1820, but when the last of the Johnstones died in the 1920s no new buyer could be found. The house collapsed during World War II.
The old 19th century stable block was designed by architect William Stirling and has now been transformed into a visitor centre for the park, which houses exhibits detailing the formation of the Ochil Hills and the history of Alva House.
The estate offers many woodland walking routes, while display boards provide information on Alva House.
There is also a paper-based trail, which you can download here
In 1321 King Robert Bruce granted the lands of Sauchie to Henri de Annand, Sheriff of Clackmannan. Mary de Annand, his descendant, married Sir James Schaw of Greenock in 1431. He probably built Sauchie Tower soon afterwards. The Schaw family was very influential and in c1460 Sir James’ son became Governor of Stirling Castle. The tower complex included an outer wall on at least two sides, a cobbled courtyard and a large hall with kitchen and bread oven, contemporary with the tower or perhaps built c1460, as the family needed to entertain on a grander scale.
This sculpture by Andy Scott was installed on Marywood roundabout, on the outskirts of Clackmannan in August 2009, and gives drivers a fantastic welcome as they enter the county.
The brief was for an artwork which marked the entrance into Clackmannanshire as seen from the new bridge connection and should somehow celebrate that new crossing.
The two figures stand atop two halves of a steel arc which are intended to look as though they are connecting. The figures reach out and make the connection and each holds a symbolic element.
The male figure holds a crown, which is a feature from Clackmannanshire’s heraldic coat of arms. The female holds a draped circle of 23 stars, which represent the flag of the European Union, the suggestion being that Clackmannanshire is welcoming Europe and visitors from the east via the new bridge.
The composition creates an archway which frames the road beyond the roundabout leading into the county.
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Lying at the foot of the Ochil Hills in a peaceful country setting, visitors will find The Woodsman Restaurant. Since opening its doors in December 2012, the family run eatery has provided a great spot to enjoy traditional home cooking in a relaxed environment. Sitting at the entrance to the Woods Caravan Park, it has become a local food and watering hole, enjoyed by both holiday goers and the surrounding villages.
Centrally located with ease of access from the motorway network, The Woods offers incredible views with a virtual 180degree panorama of the Ochil Hills The park is quiet and tranquill and is an ideal base for exploring Stirling, Clackmannanshire, The Trossachs, Perth. Loch Lomond, Glasgow and Edinburgh, which are all within easy reach. Park facilities include two modern heated sanitary blocks, extra large pitches, serviced pitches, TV booster system including freeview and so much more!
Nothing could be better than, after a hard days sightseeing, returning to a peaceful cosy B&B away from traffic and noise. At B&B Taigh Lusnambansith visitors can stay in one place and visit everywhere you need to see in Clackmannanshire and Central Scotland from one place.
Taigh Lusnambansith is located in “The Wee County” Clackmannanshire close to the city and closer to the countryside, just a short drive from junctions Edinburgh and Glasgow. B&B Taigh Lusnambansith is family run bed and breakfast and has an ideal base for your Scottish holiday. The “Wee County” of Clackmannanshire is next to the county of Stirlingshire, but closest to Alloa, our nearest town and ideal for dining out as well as being next to the famous Alloa Tower and twenty minutes drive to the Kelpies