Central Region

Visitor Attractions in Central Region Scotland

Available as Day Tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow
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In commemoration of the 700 year anniversary in 2014, the new state of the art Bannockburn Visitor Centre is now open and monuments restored.

Central Lowlands: Stirling Castle and Bannockburn 

"Stirling is amazing and I wouldn't have even known to stop here, We'd have missed all this on our own."  Anthony, Oxford

In the rush to the Highlands it is too easy to drive up the M9 and miss out what this area has to offer. Yet the area around Stirling Castle has had a greater impact on Scottish History than Edinburgh or Glasgow.

The reason is simple, on Medieval maps, Stirling Bridge, the lowest crossing on the River Forth is shown as the gateway to the whole of the rest of Scotland; and overlooking it, the imposing prize, Stirling Castle, now beautifully restored to the time of James V (the father of Mary Queen of Scots).
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Wallace Monument
Wallace Monument
Robert the Bruce
Robert the Bruce
Doune Castle
Doune Castle

Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine and The Trossachs

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To the the west of Stirling is Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine, which were a day's journey north from Glasgow by carriage and became the must see area for the Georgians and early Victorians inspired by the vivid descriptions of the area in the poem, "The Lady of the Lake" (1810) by Sir Walter Scott. Though little read now, every notion we have of Romantic Scotland originated in this sublime work.

This is the land of heros such as the outlaws, William Wallace and Rob Roy; and while films such as "Braveheart" and "Rob Roy" don't let history stand in the way of a good story they have reinvigorated the tourist trail in the truly stunning landscape of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

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Falkirk and West Lothian

Falkirk Wheel
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The world's only rotating barge lift
The Kelpies
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The imposing 30m high stainless steel structures guarding the entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal
Blackness Castle
blackness castle
Imposing 15th Century castle on the banks of the River Forth. Used in Mel Gibson's, "Hamlet."
Other highlights of this area:
The Antonine Wall World Heritage site: Constructed by the Romans in AD142, before withdrawing south to Hadrian's wall in AD160.
The Museum of Scottish Railways: Bo'ness and Kinneil Steam Railway
Linlithgow Palace: One of the principal residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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