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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle has a rich history that has included the crowning of several Kings and Queens and been subject to numerous sieges, including several during the Scottish Wars of Independence.

The castle is open to the public all year (except public holidays) and you can discover more about Stirling Castle by joining a guided tours.

Stirling Castle has been used for many open-air concerts such as R.E.M., Ocean Colour Scene, Bob Dylan, Wet Wet Wet, and Runrig.  The esplanade or Parade ground hosts the city's Hogmanay celebrations.

National Wallace Monument - Stirling

The National Wallace Monument commemorates Sir William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish hero recently depicted in the Mel Gibson film, Braveheart.

The 67 metre tower monument stands on the summit of Abbey Craig, a volcanic crag above Cambuskenneth Abbey, from which Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of King Edward I of England, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The monument is open to the public and visitors can climb a 246 step spiral staircase to reach the viewing gallery inside the monument's crown. The view is amazing and one of the finest sights in Scotland. Views extend from Ben Lomond and The Trossachs in the West, through The Forth Valley past the city of Stirling and The Ochil Hills to The Pentland Hills in the East.

A number of artifacts believed to have belonged to Wallace are on display inside the monument, including the Wallace Sword, a 1.68-metre (5 ft, 6 in) long claymore. Inside is also a Hall of Heroes, a series of busts of famous Scots, effectively a small national Hall of Fame.

Bannockburn

The battle of Bannockburn was a significant Scottish victory over the English who occupied Stirling Castle. Today you can relive the event at the vistor centre with the help of exhibitions and 3d technology. No visit to Bannockburn would be complete without taking the short walk from the Visitor Centre to the historic landscape and battlefield.

Castle Campbell and Garden - Dollar

Everyone is awestruck by Castle Campbell. The imposing ruin stands in solemn isolation upon a narrow ridge, overlooked by a crescent of the Ochil Hills. Two precipitous ravines hem it on either side, through which thunder the Burn of Care and the Burn of Sorrow. The setting couldn’t be more dramatic.

Menstrie Castle

Menstrie Castle is a crenellated (fortified with defensive battlements or parapets) manor house. The ground floor houses a fascinating slice of Scottish-Canadian history in a museum dedicated to the founding of Nova Scotia by Sir William Alexander, who was born here in 1577.

The local council has saved the building from demolition and it now stands very imposing surrounded by a local housing estate.

The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is a brilliant piece of engineering and the only one in the world. Basically this is a rotating boat lift, lifting boats between the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. Before this lift was built, boats needed to navigate through 11 sets of locks.

Go Ape - Aberfoyle

Go Ape is a tree top course containing bridges, climbs, tunnels, jumps, and zip wires. The high rope course has two of Britains longest zip wires, each stretching over 400m long, 150 feet above the ground and over a 90 foot waterfall.

Central Scotland Shooting School

If you have never held a gun in your hands but have wanted to try Clay Pigeon shooting then this is the place to come. Central Scotland Shooting School can train you from total beginner right up to international competitor levels in various different disciplines.

 Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park is a Zoo, Safari Park and a children's adventure park with lots of activities. Attractions include a drive through safari, a boat trip around chimp island, a children's adventure playground, a walk through a Lemur sanctuary, bird of prey display, sea-lion show, a pet's farm and many talks and opportunities to watch animals at feeding time.

Polmont Hill Snowsports Centre

 Polmont Hill Snowsports centre has a 100m long artificial ski slope and a 20m nursery slope. Both slopes are floodlit and offer year round, all weather skiing and snowboarding. The main slope has a sprinkler system and button ski tow.

The Helix - The Kelpies Tour

The Helix is a new parkland project in Falkirk. The park contains 2 huge horse-head sculptures next to a new extension to the the Forth and Clyde canal. The Kelpies tour is 45 minutes long and will give you the background to the sculptures and take you inside to see the complexity of the sculpture.

Things to do Central Scotland

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