Scotland is famous for its breathtaking scenery, vibrant culture and dramatic history. A part of the United Kingdom along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland has a population of over 5 million, with the Scottish people having a reputation for their warmth and spirit.
Scotland has one of the strongest economies within the UK and Europe. It has a rich diversity of artistic and cultural heritage and a history of making a huge impact on the wider world. Popular with country and city lovers alike, Scotland offers the picturesque beauty of the countryside and famous historical sites, in addition to bustling, cosmopolitan cities with a vast array of unique attractions.
Home to the College, the Forth Valley region is situated in the heart of Scotland and covers three local authority areas: Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling.
A gateway to the scenic highlands and an area of outstanding beauty overlooked by the magnificent Ochil Hills, the area has a wide variety of things to do and see with something to cater for every interest.
Discover the heritage of the Forth Valley area by exploring popular galleries and historical sites such as Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, Callendar House, the Stirling Old Town Jail and the Tower Trail in Clackmannanshire. The Antonine Wall, a World Heritage site, passes through the area and the canal link between Edinburgh and Glasgow is home to The Falkirk Wheel, the World’s first rotating boat lift, another popular tourist attraction.
The region boasts a great selection of recreational facilities and activities including swimming pools, leisure centres, golf courses, ten pin bowling, laser gaming, ice-skating, adventure sports and go karting for those who enjoy being active. There are also a number of countryside parks as well as city parks, such as The Helix and Kelpies, Callendar Park and Kings Park, with cycle and walking routes. Those looking for a more relaxing experience can enjoy a football match, go to see a film at one of the local multiplex cinemas, or book tickets to one of the many concerts, festivals or theatre shows happening regularly throughout the area.
The Forth Valley area is also a great place for shopping with a huge selection of stores from big high street names to more exclusive, independent outlets for something a little bit different. Bargain hunters will also enjoy a trip to Sterling Mills, an out of town shopping centre offering huge discounts on designer goods. There is also a buzzing nightlife ranging from traditional pubs to stylish bars and restaurants and a variety of nightclubs.
So as you can see, Forth Valley really does have it all...