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.
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.
Black Devon Wetlands is a mosaic of untouched wet grassland and wetland habitat including freshwater pools, brackish pools and reedbeds. The reserve is set back from the Inner Forth and forms an important area for large flocks of wintering wading birds and wildfowl.
Facilities on the reserve include a stunning and innovative viewing screen, perfectly placed for viewing wildlife on the freshwater pools, as well as paths, boardwalks and benches to enhance your visit to this hidden gem.
Opening times – Open at all times
Entrance charges – None, though donations to help us continue our work here are very welcome.
If you are new to birdwatching…
Their habitat enhancement work has been designed to bring the birds to you, making Black Devon Wetlands ideal for new birdwatchers. In autumn and winter, the pools are home to many different ducks and flocks of songbirds can often be seen flitting across the reserve. In the spring, there are many species of breeding birds to keep an eye (and an ear!) out for.
Information for disabled visitors – Paths and gates on the site are suitable for wheelchair users but please be aware that there are some gates on the approach to the site which may not be.
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.
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.
Edinburgh University Exmoor Pony Trekking Section (EUEPTS) is a non-profit, student run organisation and a university society, running treks for students and the general public. Any level of rider can come and experience this cheeky native breed whilst enjoying our beautiful surroundings from horseback.
The trekking experience is unique, taking the ponies straight from their field onto the hills (no roads involved on any of our usual treks), and allowing you to join in with caring for your pony before and after the trek.
eXplora Stirling is the first local company that offer tours of Stirling in Spanish. You are in trusted hands with Stirling in Spanish, as they have native Spanish guides with more than 10 years of experience in the area.
The guides range from being local historians to mountain guides, with them all having a certification in first aid and are highly trained to give the best service.
They can organise excursions in Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Perthshire and offer a special route to Loch Ness from Stirling.