Over 40 years as Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre and host to the UK’s top televised motorsport car and bike events. Knockhill is situated just 30 mins from Edinburgh, 40 miles from Glasgow and 2 hours from Aberdeen. Knockhill is a truly versatile venue and the perfect choice for all events including Corporate Days, Team Building, Karting, Trackdays and exciting Driving Experiences.
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.
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.