Where the Lowlands meet the Highlands, the Forth Valley is home to some of Scotland’s most notable sites.
Within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the deep glens, valleys and miles of canals of the Forth Valley are steeped in history and heritage and offer plenty of opportunities for adventures. The region is typically considered to include the city of Stirling, site of some of Scotland’s most dramatic historical events, and much of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, where stunning landscapes, dotted with shimmering lochs and tall mountains, form picture-perfect settings for outdoor activities. This is a prime summer holiday destination, but an autumn visit will let you dodge the crowds (especially around Loch Lomond).
Home to a picturesque Old Town, as well as the National Wallace Monument (honouring Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace), and close to Bannockburn, the historic city of Stirling is also within easy reach of the Ochil Hills. Camping options range from tranquil riverside pitches to glamping lodges with hot tubs.
One of Scotland’s oldest towns, Linlithgow is known for its Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. There’s also good walking and birdwatching around Linlithgow Loch and opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking and white water rafting. Campsites around here range from open farmland to leafy country parks.
The hills, mountains, valleys and lochs of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are some of Scotland’s most beautiful sights. You can follow a wide network of hiking trails and go kayaking, sailing and mountain biking. When it's time to set up camp, you can pitch a tent on the edge of the loch’s shore or even on a small island on Loch Lomond.
Falkirk is best-known for its engineering marvels. The Kelpies, the 98-foot- (30-metre-) high equestrian sculptures are a spectacular sight, as is the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift, linking the Union and Forth and Clyde Canals, which you can experience first-hand by taking a boat trip. Camping options range from back-to-basics pitches to luxury bell tents.