Vertical Descents pioneered the first commercial decents of these Canyons and have been the longest established operator in the area to be doing this, they provide all specialist instruction and equipment including hooded thermal neoprene wetsuits to keep you cozy and warm.
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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.
Jump N Joy is a trampoline park where kids can show off their skills on the trampoline. This is the newest and most exciting place in Central Scotland.
Children have the best time at Jump N Joy as they can either focus on all the jumps and flips their hearts desire with the 30 high performance trampolines or they can be challenged with the different obstacles, such as the log roll or the interactive light games.
They also hold fitness classes where you can burn up to 407 calories just by jumping on a trampoline, which is taken by a professional fitness instructor. If this has not tempted you yet then this might, as you are able to dance (and jump) the night away at their Disco Night.
Situated at the foot of the Ochil Hills, The Japanese Gardens Cowden is a beautiful picturesque place to visit.
There is also a nice tea room so you can pop in and have a nice cuppa and enjoy the delicious baking.
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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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.
Discover the drama of this brooding medieval castle, set high above tree- covered ravines and plunging burns on the edge of the Ochil Hills. This was the lowland residence of the powerful Campbell dynasty, where the Protestant reformed came to preach and Mary Queen of Scots came to feast.
What to see and do:
- Take in the location high above Dollar Glen – Castle Campbell is one of the most dramatically positioned castles in Scotland.
- Step inside one of Scotland’s best-preserved tower houses, a structure built back in the 1400s.
- Stroll down the loggia, an open walkway more often found in the warmer climates of Italy and Spain.
- Explore the attractive terraced gardens where the Campbells could walk and enjoy spectacular views down the glen.
- Spot ‘John Knox’s pulpit’ in the garden – said to be the site of a sermon given by the firebrand Protestant preacher in 1556.
- View films about Scottish history made by local experts and enthusiasts from the Forth Valley.
Alva Glen is a spectacular gorge situated above the village of Alva at the foot of the Ochil Hills.
Alva Glen is a diverse and attractive glen. The forest floor is carpeted with many wild flowers and there’s a variety of wildlife to spot, such as the kestrel and the long tailed wagtail.
The glen is managed by the Alva Glen Heritage Trust which is run entirely by volunteers. They regularly plant new tree and shrubs in the area as well as removing non-native species of plant.
Each year the formal garden and waterfalls are illuminated by coloured lights. These stunning Alva Glen illuminations have been attracting people from all over central Scotland for many years.
As you follow the path from the car park you reach the first of five waterfalls, the highlights of the glen, including the 23m Craighorn Fall and the Big Fall, a hidden waterfall which cascades magically into the Smugglers Cave. You can also see a number of ancient hill-terraces, known locally as ‘The Delvins’, on the slopes of the glen.
The glen was once the centre of a busy textile industry and the remnants of an old dam and numerous workshops can be spotted. There are a number information signs to tell you about the history of the area.
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.
The Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way is 21km long and passes through the Hillfoots villages of Blairlogie, Menstrie, Alva, Tillicoultry, Dollar and Muckhart. It is designed so that it can be enjoyed end-to-end or section at a time. From the Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way you can divert into the various glens (Menstrie, Alva, Silver, Tillicoultry and Dollar) or link up with other paths to create your own circular routes.
The route is based on the old King’s Highway – the via regia in Latin – which is mentioned in charters for Cambuskenneth Abbey that date to the 1300s.
It is thought that the route was used for royal progresses between Stirling Castle and Falkland Palace in the 16th century.
Dumyat is the rocky little cub of the Ochils, far lower than the main range but packed with character. It has a superb position on the fringe of the range overlooking Stirling and the Central Belt; the views are superb. A perfect first hillwalk on a fine day, this route avoids the very steep slopes on the southern flank of the hill.
Did you know that Dumyat was the capital of a lost Iron Age people, the Maetae, who challenged the Roman Empire? In addition, there’s a deserted farm at Fossakie, a 6000-year old quarry and much, much more!
A rougher approach to the lovely summit of Dumyat than the more popular route, however it has good views and although steep and indistinct in places makes a rewarding climb.
Rough and steep hill path, some indistinct sections where navigation skills essential. Short boggy areas.
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
The exploration of the gorges of the Dollar Glen have been popular since Victorian times. The walk crosses many bridges, viewpoints and the impressive Castle Campbell and is a good walk to interest children although care should be taken in many places.
FOOTGOLF is a new initiative launched recently at Muckhart Golf Club. It gives individuals, small groups, families, local schools and youth groups, an opportunity to play a different outdoor sport, have fun and enjoy physical exercise.
TEE-TIMES – please check available tee-times and book through the Pro Shop 01259 781493 / email@example.com
• Monday to Thursday from 12 noon
• Friday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm
• 9 holes of footgolf takes around 1 hour.
• 18 holes takes approximately 2 hours.
• Dress code is the same as for golf, ie wear a collared shirt and either plain shorts or trousers.
• No football boots are allowed, we recommend trainers or astroturfs.
• Size 5 footballs are provided and cost to hire is £2. You can bring your own football.
• Par for the footgolf course is 67.