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.
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.
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.
Book an adventure to remember, they look forward to welcoming you soon.
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.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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.