Forth Valley, in the heart of Scotland, is an exciting place to live and work. It’s diverse and rich cultural history embraces the ancient city of Stirling, once the country’s capital, Falkirk, home of the world’s only rotating boat lift, and Clackmannanshire, in the shadow of the Ochil Hills.
Transport links are second to none with excellent rail services to all major cities and a motorway network which accesses Edinburgh and Glasgow within an hour and brings stunning scenery within easy reach. The area is also noted for excellent schools, both state and independent, and for the friendliness of its people.
Scotland itself is a progressive nation built on dynamism, creativity and the fabulous warmth of its people.
A wee city with a big history, Stirling punches well above its weight for historic attractions and spectacular scenery, not to mention shopping, places to eat and exciting events. Visit Stirling and take in the magnificent views from Stirling Castle’s hill-top esplanade towards the National Wallace Monument on the edge of the rolling Ochil Hills before looking north east for the mountain peaks of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Savour delicious food and drink on your holiday in Stirling in friendly pubs, cosy cafés and buzzing restaurants. At the local farmers’ markets you can speak to local producers and pick up some tasty treats, or browse independent boutiques in the historic surroundings of the Old Town and the Victorian Stirling Arcade.
- Find out more about the area on Your Stirling.
Midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Falkirk area is in the heart of Scotland with excellent motorway and rail links and two international airports nearby. The Falkirk area is steeped in history with a wealth of attractions, including 2 of the world’s most unique, including:
- The Falkirk Wheel (the world’s only rotating boat lift)
- The Kelpies in The Helix Park (the world’s largest equine sculptures)
Plus the Falkirk area has a significant section of the John Muir Way. This walk links Dunbar to the waters of the Clyde in Helensburgh.
Falkirk town centre boasts first class shopping facilities including a fine selection of local independent stores, boutiques and gift shops. Throughout the area, an excellent selection of quality bars and restaurants provide the ideal setting to relax and unwind. Local area leaflets can be found in the Helix Visitor Centre and the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway.
- Find out more about the area on Visit Falkirk.
Clackmannanshire lies between the majestic Ochil Hills and the River Forth and provides the perfect year-round base to explore the stunning countryside, rich history, medieval castles and tower houses and today’s growing art scene which includes an impressive collection of public art by international artists. For leisure, there is six golf courses, a luxury spa, a major shopping outlet, a fantastic choice of hotels, B&Bs, cottages and campsites, and a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs.
- Find out more about the area on Discover Clackmannanshire.