SAS Adventures offer adventure activities and outdoor training across Scotland and at all levels; from the first experience days all the way up to instructor qualifications.
Based in central Scotland SAS Adventures runs courses, activities and holidays across the country so that we can make the most of the amazing landscapes that exist around us. SAS Adventures’ mobility means that they can also provide tailored training and courses for groups or individuals on request at locations to suit.
They offer a range of different activities such as mountain, water sports, cycling, land activities, DOFE, first aid & safety, instructor training, equipment hire.
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.
This 12.8 mile circular route starts in Alloa (once the brewery capital of Scotland) and goes through the Hillfoots villages (the collective name for the villages along the base of the Ochil Hills).
Starting at Alloa station, follow the Route 767 signs from the roundabout, along the north side of Izatt Street and across the road on the signalised crossing opposite Primrose Street. Join a traffic-free, former wagon path which leads to the junction with Route 76 beside Limetree House on North Castle Street. Turn right and follow Route 76 west towards Cambus. After weaving through quiet residential streets in Alloa, the route joins a quiet farm road and then a tarmac multi-use path. From Cambus, where there is a nice tearoom right on the route, the path passes working whisky bonded warehouses to the right, the River Devon to the left, under the railway line and by a ruined Dovecot (pigeons used to be an important source of meat).
At the junction with Route 76 near Tullibody, continue northwards on Route 768 on good railway path towards Menstrie and the Ochil Hills. At Menstrie, the route joins a quiet shared road. This is not as smooth as the previous tailored paths but is still enjoyable as you follow manageable rolling hills along the edge of the Ochils. (There are many footpaths up into the hills, the most notable being Alva Glen.) The route by-passes the centre of Alva on a quiet back road and the only challenging, but short hill, is on this stretch. Be careful descending the other side of this hill as it has blind corners. Before you reach the hill, a short detour along one of the streets to the right will take you to cafes on the main street of Alva if you need a break.
At the east of Alva, join the shared-use path alongside the main road to Tillicoultry for just over a mile, head through the park and join some neighbourhood roads until you join the Devon Way (Route 767). You can turn left for a detour to the lovely village of Dollar three miles further east, but to complete the loop and return to Alloa, carry straight on, over the river and follow the railway path past Sauchie and back to the railway station. As you head along this path there are more panoramic views of the Ochil Hills and a satisfying overview the route just taken.
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.