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The Helix, Falkirk
The Helix, Falkirk Falkirk Scotland FK2 7ZT GB

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures featuring kelpies, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project and isn’t far from Clackmannanshire.

A tour of the Kelpies can be booked for families or a group.

Open 09.30 – 5.00pm, 7 days a week.

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Founded in 1902, Tulliallan Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Central Scotland and is set in woodland adjacent to the Tulliallan Estate with scenic views of the River Forth, Ochil Hills and the Forth Valley.

Tulliallan Golf Course offers a challenging test of golf, requiring accurate shots in order to score well. Thanks to its excellent drainage, Tulliallan Golf Course is rarely closed. Temporary greens are seldom used and they try to keep playing the full course with normal greens for 52 weeks of the year.

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Lookabootye cottage sits in beautiful countryside perfect for those who enjoy walking, cycling, and hill climbing. Ideal also for a quiet romantic break away as the room afforded is luxurious and spacious. The continental breakfast can be served on a trolley to your room. They provide all standard amenities including free WIFI. Also packed lunches and laundry on request. Storage for bikes.

Clackmannan tower sits behind the cottage, a perfect place to watch the sunset over Dumyat. There is a magnificent view of the Ochil hills in all their splendour. Route 76 for cyclists passes the front entrance and connects to many local cycle paths and walk ways.

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Clackmannan 10.69 km

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

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Clackmannan 10.79 km

A handsome hilltop keep of about 1360, enlarged to an L-shape in the 1400s. The earliest part was probably built by Sir Robert Bruce of Clackmannan, a descendant of his famous namesake. View exterior only.

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Black Devon Wetlands is a mosaic of untouched wet grassland and wetland habitat including freshwater pools, brackish pools and reedbeds. The reserve is set back from the Inner Forth and forms an important area for large flocks of wintering wading birds and wildfowl.

Facilities on the reserve include a stunning and innovative viewing screen, perfectly placed for viewing wildlife on the freshwater pools, as well as paths, boardwalks and benches to enhance your visit to this hidden gem.

Opening times – Open at all times

Entrance charges – None, though donations to help us continue our work here are very welcome.

If you are new to birdwatching…

Their habitat enhancement work has been designed to bring the birds to you, making Black Devon Wetlands ideal for new birdwatchers. In autumn and winter, the pools are home to many different ducks and flocks of songbirds can often be seen flitting across the reserve. In the spring, there are many species of breeding birds to keep an eye (and an ear!) out for.

Information for disabled visitors – Paths and gates on the site are suitable for wheelchair users but please be aware that there are some gates on the approach to the site which may not be.

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Alloa 11.18 km

Alloa Leisure Bowl is a swimming pool and leisure facility in Alloa.

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Alloa Athletic Football Club have played at Recreation Park since 1895 and has a capacity of 3,100 (900 seated). Visitors can purchase match tickets in advance or at the door on the day.

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Alloa 11.3 km

Christina Apartments offers a great selection of properties that come with excellent catering facilities in the town of Alloa. All properties are well equipped with all the essentials needed for a comfortable homely stay. At the town centre you can find major supermarkets, wonderful restaurants and other amenities within a 10-minute walk from all of our properties. The impressive historic castle in the town of Stirling is just over 9 miles away

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A superior quality minibus and coach hire with driver service for every occasion. Now offering exclusive deals on your accommodation, activities, food and more.

Established in the summer of 2008, Extra Mile Coaches launched with the aim of providing a unique range of travel solutions for people from within the local area and visitors alike. They specialize in corporate and tourism-based travel, and are also happy to provide for all other minibus and coach hire requirements. These include airport transfers and wedding parties, transport to music or sporting events, stag and hen weekends and much more.

Always competitively priced for bookings originating from anywhere in central Scotland, Extra Mile Coaches are happy to serve groups from locations such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirlingshire, Perthshire, Fife, Ayrshire and beyond. We travel to any destination throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

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This bold medieval keep may look forbidding but inside it’s full of art and riches – not to mention intriguing tales. The tower dates back to the 14th century and was built to guard a strategically important ferry crossing on the nearby River Forth.

It became the ancestral seat of the Erskine family, the Earls of Mar and Kellie. This family have played a pivotal part in Scotland’s history through the centuries and were loyal supporters of the Stuart monarchs. Mary, Queen of Scots and her son, James VI, both spent part of their childhood here under the guardianship of the Erskine family.

Alloa Tower was lavishly updated by John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar, who created an 18th-century mansion within the ancient walls.

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Clackmannan 11.49 km

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.

 

Andy Scott Public Art Trail

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Alloa 11.52 km

The route heads north from Route 76 at North Castle Street, in the centre of Alloa, near the council offices in Lime Tree House.  It follows a narrow, traffic-free lane through the town for under half a mile, until it crosses the dual carriageway (A907) just west of the roundabout near Alloa Railway station and the ASDA supermarket. Follow the signs for Route 767 north east over the railway foot bridge. The route follows the railway path and some sections of cycle path through countryside, with views of the dramatic Ochil Hills. After 3 ¼  miles you arrive at the southern outskirts of Tillicoultry (Visitor Information Centre), one of the six Hillfoots settlements which are strung along the southern edge of the Ochil Hills. There are plans to extend Route 768 from Alva to Tillicoultry. After a further 3 ¼  miles, the Devon Way ends near playing fields to the south of Dollar. Regarded as the most attractive of the Hillfoots villages, Dollar was originally built to service the residents of Castle Campbell, the ruins of which are about a mile north of the village up Dollar Glen. The village also has shops and cafes, a museum, the grand Dollar Academy and a nearby campsite.

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Alloa 11.57 km

Gordon R McFarlane is a Family run business based in Alloa (The heart of central Scotland), established in 1962, offering sales and repairs to watches, clocks & jewellery, as well as general & Scottish gifts. The ranges of Scottish gifts and jewellery include Shetland Jewellery and Ortak Jewellery, as well as traditional quaichs and our exclusive collection of Alloa Tower gifts. They also sell silver and gold jewellery, many items set with unusual gemstones as well as the better known gemstones from around the world.

They also run an Art Gallery with a selection of original paintings, prints & hand-made cards, jewellery & glassware as well as wood turning & carving – by many local artists and makers.

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The Cairngorm- Self Catering, Grange road is a well equipped 3 bedroom guest house. Located in the town of Alloa, it is in the perfect location to visit all the nearest cities, like Stirling.

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Alloa 11.66 km

An unpretentious venue for a classic menu of pizza, pasta, Mediterranean dishes and all-Italian wines, perfect for a lovely night out with friends and family.

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Photowalk – Discover and enjoy some hidden treasures in Clackmannanshire, Central Scotland…

Whether you are a visitor or a local resident, here is a great and very fun way to discover Clackmannanshire, in Central Scotland. Although this photowalk is not really like a traditional workshop, Jeremy -your host- will take the time to teach you the basics on how to use your camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) in the most efficient way possible, if you need it.

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