The small city of Stirling is dubbed the Heart of Scotland - and the reasons are not merely geographic. Its great castle has helped to give it a key place in Scottish history, with almost legendary Scots victories such as the Battles of Stirling Bridge, and Bannockburn, fought in its shadow. Today the iconic Wallace Monument and the distinctive outline of Dumyat complete a unique landscape.
The Ochils are a very extensive plateau providing great scope for hillwalkers, whilst the abrupt southern flanks, carved by a fault, make a sharp contrast. These flanks are riven by series of dramatic short glens which make ideal shorter walks. Further south the landscape is more rolling as it extends to the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth, but fascinating features such as the medieval towers that dot the landscape, and the unmissable town of Culross, ensure there is no lack of interest.
|Plean Country Park, Plean||2.5km||45 minutes|
|Wallace Monument and Abbey Craig||2.5km||1 hour|
|Doune Castle and the River Teith||2.75km||1 hour|
|Culross - Heritage walk||4km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Stirling Castle and Gowanhill||4.25km||1 hour|
|Darn Walk: Bridge of Allan to Dunblane||4.25km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Dunblane to Ashfield riverside walk, Dunblane||4.25km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Gartmorn Dam circuit, near Alloa||4.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Dollar to Tillicoultry on the Devon Way||5km||1.25 hours|
|Bannockburn, near Stirling||5.25km||1.5 hours|
|Cambuskenneth Abbey from Stirling||5.25km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Rumbling Bridge Gorge and Crook of Devon||5.75km||2 hours|
|Blairadam Forest Explorer, near Kelty||6.25km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Mill Glen, Tillicoultry||2km||1 hour|
|Alva Glen||2.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Castle Campbell and Dollar Glen||3.25km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Castlehill Trails, Glen Devon||4.25km||1.5 hours|
|Stirling University and Hermitage Woods, Stirling||4.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|North Third Reservoir, near Stirling||4.75km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Clackmannan and the Towers||6.25km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Dumyat by the hill path||7.5km||2 - 3 hours|
|Devilla Forest - Four Lochs, near Kincardine||9.75km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Glen Sherup horseshoe, Glen Devon||16km||5 - 6 hours|
|Dumyat from Blairlogie||6km||2.5 - 4 hours|
|King's Seat Hill from Tillicoultry to Dollar||9km||4 - 6 hours|
|Ben Cleuch circular||9.5km||4.5 - 6 hours|
|Fife Coastal Path||183km||11 stages|
Ben Dolphin watches the Red Kites at Argaty.
"It’s a cold, bright winter’s day and I’m sitting in a wooden hide. As I look through an open hatch the sun is warm on my face. Outside the hide, in an adjacent field, is a small pile of raw meat that our guide has dumped onto the ground from a bucket..."