The forest trails at Gartmorn Wood make up part of the larger Gartmorn Dam Country Park in Clackmannanshire.
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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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.