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					Falkirk Outdoor
Events Diary 2011
to Falkirk Council’s Outdoor Events Diary 2011.
This is your guide to outdoor events and activities
in and around the towns, parks, woodlands and
countryside of the Falkirk area
After three very successful outdoor diaries, this
year’s diary is full of events and activities to suit
a wide range of tastes. We hope the variety of
events and activities encourages you to get out
and about to enjoy your local environment.
So, if you want to find out more about local
wildlife, history or just want to keep fit we have
an event to suit you.
You are welcome to attend as many of our events
as you like but please ensure you book well in
advance to avoid disappointment as our events
are very popular.
If you have booked a place on an event and find
you cannot attend please let us know. This helps
us arrange the events for the numbers attending.
Most of our walks and events last between 1 and
3 hours. Please remember that our weather can
be a bit variable, so bring waterproof clothing
just in case! Some walks may be on rough terrain
so please wear stout and comfortable footwear.
Children under 16 years of age MUST bring along
an adult. Booking is essential!

        Contact: Ranger Service on 01324 504950
 Falkirk Council                             Falkirk Area                                  Useful Websites for Organisations
 Ranger Service                              Biodiversity Partnership                      Scottish Natural Heritage
 The Ranger Service operates throughout      Biodiversity is the diversity of life on      Biological Recording In Scotland
 the Falkirk Council area. The team is       earth, including the different habitats in    Scottish Wildlife Trust
 based within Development Services           which life is found, whether that be an
 at Abbotsford House, David’s Loan,          oakwood or your own garden. It includes       Central Scotland Forest Trust
 Falkirk. One of their key functions is      all living things from bacteria to badgers,   Greenspace Scotland
 promoting the Scottish Outdoor Access       from bluebells to bats, and of course us!
                                                                                           The Waterways Trust Scotland
 Code encouraging the public to behave
                                             Protecting and enhancing local
 responsibly whilst exercising their                                                       Scottish Outdoor Access Code
                                             biodiversity is important to us as it
 rights of access to the countryside.                                                      Forest Education Initiative (FEI)
                                             sustains our existence. Places rich
 We provide environmental education to       in wildlife provide us with the raw           British Waterways
 schools, community groups and anyone        materials for construction and fuel.
 with an interest in the great outdoor in    They serve to cleanse the air, provide        Muiravonside Country Park
 the form of events, guided walks, talks     amenity and make an important                 Bug Life
 and hands on practical activities.          contribution to Falkirk’s landscape.
                                                                                           Forth Estuary
 The Ranger Service will this year           Falkirk has its own Local Biodiversity        Water Scape
 be running a programme of events            Action Plan. This is a dynamic
 for everyone. These events will run         document developed by a partnership           Wow 4 Water
 throughout the year in many of the          of local organisations. The Biodiversity      The Falkirk Wheel
 council and partner organisations           Action Plan aims to safeguard a
                                                                                           Forestry Commission Scotland website
 parklands, open spaces, paths and           range of nationally and locally
 at historical and cultural venues.          important plants and animals.                 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
 Contact: Ranger Service on                  There are many ways you can                   Scottish Wildlife Trust
 01324 504950                                become involved in the conservation           Historic Scotland
 Email:               of your local biodiversity.
                                                                                           International Biodiversity Year
                                             Contact: Biodiversity Officer
                                             01324 504863
                                                        Friends of Kinneil
                                                                                           Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness
                                                                                           National Spring Clean, Scotland
Special thanks to David Jones for contributing some of his
photographs in our Outdoor Events Guide.
Scottish Wildlife Trust                       Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre                 Jupiter Wildlife Watch Club
Scottish Wildlife Trust is the largest        Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre situated in    If you are aged between 8 and 12 years
charity working for all of Scotland’s         the heart of Grangemouth is one of SWT’s     old, and nuts for nature, the Jupiter
nature, with over 120 wildlife reserves       most popular urban nature reserves.          Wildlife Watch Club is for you!
across the country. You can visit SWT’s       Situated on ex-industrial land, Jupiter is
                                                                                           The club meets once a month, normally
five reserves around Falkirk:                 now a haven for wildlife and people. The
                                                                                           on a Saturday morning, and costs only
                                              centre is open:
• Bo’mains Meadow near Bo’ness;                                                            £1 per child. And there is plenty of fun
  fabulous wildflowers in summer              • April - September:                         coming up…
                                                Monday- Saturday: 10am - 5pm
• Carron Dams in Stenhousemuir; marshy
  wetlands and woods                          • October - March:
                                                                                           Eggs-travagent Easter Saturday 2nd April, 2011
                                                Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm                Creepy Crawly Time! Thursday 7th April, 2011 • 2pm - 4pm
• Carron Glen near Denny; ancient oak           (plus frequently at weekends for
  woodland, filled with bluebells in spring     special events)                            What Lurks beneath? Wednesday 13th April, 2011 • 11am - 1pm
• Wallacebank Wood near Torwood;
  another ancient woodland with beautiful     Jupiter is a great place to find out about   Wondrous Wildflowers Saturday 16th July, 2011 • 2pm - 4pm
  spring wildflowers                          nature on your doorstep and there are
                                                                                           Slime-sters! Thursday 28th July, 2011 • 2pm - 4pm
                                              always plenty of things to do for all
• Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre;              ages. The Jupiter rangers run an exciting    Sensational Senses Saturday 15th October, 2011 • 2pm - 4pm
  teeming with wildlife in the middle of      programme of events at weekends and
  Grangemouth                                 during school holidays, as well as a fun     Get Ready for Winter Saturday 29th October, 2011 • 2pm - 4pm
For more information, please see              Wildlife Watch Club for 8 to 12 year olds.                                For more information please contact the
                                              Jupiter Rangers on 01324 486475 (07739
                                              428 203) or email
April                                                                                                                                         April/May

Spring into Action!                          Kinneil House open Day!                     Mid-week Ramble                           Two Houses & and a Castle
From Source to sea. The Source of            See inside this impressive historic         Why wait for the weekend to enjoy an      A very special walk between three
the River Carron. First of two walks         mansion, dating back to the 15th            uplifting walk in the countryside? Join   special places. Starting at House of the
celebrating the River Carron.                century. Guides from The Friends of         Falkirk Council Ranger Service for a      Binns we’ll walk to Hopetoun House
                                             Kinneil charity will take people through    midweek walk on some of Falkirk’s         and then on to Blackness Castle. Led
Join Falkirk Council Ranger Service
                                             the House and tell its fascinating story.   fantastic undiscovered path routes.       by Rangers from the National Trust for
for a long spring walk through the
                                             Look out for the rare renaissance           Enjoy seeing the countryside through      Scotland, Hopetoun House Preservation
woodlands of Carron Valley along the
                                             wall paintings – said to be the best        ranger’s eyes.                            Trust and Historic Scotland, there
shores of Carron Valley Reservoir, the
                                             in Scotland – and the resident ghost.                                                 will be fantastic views and interesting
source of The River Carron. This walk is                                                 Contact the rangers for more
                                             Organised in conjunction with Historic                                                stories along the way. Tearoom
a circular route of around 7 miles. It is                                                information on these seasonal walks.
                                             Scotland.                                                                             available at Hopetoun. Over 12’s
a flat easy route, but long and on rough                                                 Walks will range in length from 2 miles
paths. There are stunning views over         Kinneil House, Kinneil Estate,              to 7 miles.
the Stirling and Denny Hills and the         Bo’ness, EH51 0PR                                                                     Contact: N.T.S Lothian Rangers
                                                                                         Contact: 01324 504950
Reservoir.                                   Contact: 01506 778530                                                                 0844 4932124
The group will be picked up by free                                                                                                National Trust for Scotland
                                                                                         Date: Wednesday 20th April
minibus in Falkirk and dropped off at        Date: Saturday 16th &                                                                 Date: Monday 2nd May
Carron Reservoir car park and returned       Sunday 17th April                           Time: 10am - 2pm (Duration of walks may
to Falkirk after the walk. Please bring                                                  differ from times printed)                Time: 10am - 4.30pm
                                             Time: Noon - 4pm
along a packed lunch and wear suitable                                                   Meet: tbc                                 Meet: House of Binns
footwear and waterproofs. Bring plenty       Meet: Kinneil House, Bo’ness
of water. There are toilet facilities only                                               Price: Free                               Price: Adults £5, children £3, family £12
                                             Price: Free
at the car park and none on the path                                                     Booking: Essential                        Booking: Essential
                                             Booking: Not necessary, but can get busy
Contact: 01324 504950
Falkirk Council Ranger Service
Date: Sunday 3rd April
Time: 9am - 3pm Duration of walks may
differ from times printed
Meet: Melville Street car park, Falkirk
Opposite Behind The Wall pub
Price: Free minibus pick up and drop off
Booking: Essential places limited
May                                                                                                                             May

The Watery Depths                          Friends, Romans                           Landscape Exhibition
An afternoon of two halves – both          and Countryside                           An exhibition about how we view
watery! The first half will involve                                                  landscape with a focus on the history of
                                           Join Falkirk Council Ranger service
trawling the depths of the pond to                                                   Callendar Park.
                                           for a scenic walk through Falkirk’s
see what fascinating creatures lurk
                                           countryside that takes in Ancient         Callendar House, Callendar Park,
in the depth. After that we will be
                                           Beech Woodlands, The Antonine             Falkirk, FK1 1YR
concentrating on the surface, fashioning
                                           Wall,Roughcastle Roman Fort and
boats from natural materials and seeing                                              Contact: 01324 506850
                                           the Forth and Clyde Canal. This walk
whose can stay afloat the longest!                                         
                                           begins at The Falkirk Wheel and takes
Wear stout footwear and dress for          in woodland, The Antonine Wall,           Saturday 28 May – Sunday 16 October
the weather. All under 16s must be         Roughcastle Roman Fort. We reach
accompanied by an adult.                   the Forth and Clyde canal through the
                                           infamous Pend allegedly used by Burke
Contact: Stephen Owen
                                           and Hare in the 19th Century to store
01324 486475
                                           their grave robbed bodies. From here it
07739 428203
                                           is a peaceful and scenic walk along the
                                           canal back to Falkirk Wheel. This walk
Scottish Wildlife Trust                    is around 6 miles, but easy flat route.
                                           Suitable for walkers of all ages.
Date: Saturday 7th May
                                           Contact : 01324 504950
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Meet: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre,
Grangemouth                                Falkirk Council Ranger Service
Price: Donation. £2 per person             Date: Sunday 15th May
suggested rate
                                           Time: 9am - 3pm
Booking: Essential
                                           Price: Free
                                           Meet: Falkirk Wheel Entrance
                                           Tourist Information
                                           Booking: Essential
June                                                                                                                                                           June

The Great Jupiter                           Falkirk Walking Week                       Mid week Ramble                              Walk and Talk Event
Treasure Hunt                               Falkirk Council Access Team and            Join Falkirk Council Ranger Service          Walk & Talk 2011 – Take the Right
                                            partners are launching their first ever    on this 5 mile walk that begins at The       Route for Strathcarron Hospice
It is time for another epic treasure hunt
                                            Walkiing Festival. This is a week long     Hills of Dunipace Cemetery. Dunipace
at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre. Follow                                                                                            Come along and join us as we Walk
                                            event to celebrate what Falkirk’s great    cemetery is an ancient site with
the clues to the farthest reaches of the                                                                                            & Talk our way round Larbert and
                                            outdoors has to offer.                     history stretching back 1000s of years.
woods, with prizes to be had at the end!                                                                                            Stenhousemuir. Choose from a family-
                                                                                       From here we follow old tracks over
                                            The Walking Festival will be launched                                                   friendly 2km walk, a 5km walk, or the
Wear stout footwear and dress for                                                      farmland, past interesting historic ruins
                                            in the conference room of Callendar                                                     10km route round the streets and green
the weather. All under 16s must be                                                     then take the old carriage road that led
                                            House on Monday 6th June at 11am.                                                       spaces in the area.
accompanied by an adult.                                                               into Stirling. The route takes in Kirkland
                                            There will be a variety of routes to
                                                                                       path with great views over Denny and         All 3 routes start and finish at
Contact: Stephen Owen                       explore that range from short walks to
                                                                                       the surrounding hills. Enjoy some            Stenhousemuir Football Club and
01324 486475                                longer more difficult routes around the
                                                                                       history as well as nature on this pretty     everyone taking part will get a medal,
07739 428203                                Falkirk District.
                                                                                       and interesting walk.                        t-shirt and goody bag. So why not come
                                            A calendar of events will be produced in                                                along enjoy a blether with friends and
                                                                                       Wear stout footwear, bring waterproofs,
Scottish Wildlife Trust                     a leaflet and available in early May.                                                   have a fun day out?
                                                                                       water and a packed lunch.
Date: Saturday 4th June                     Week Beginning: Monday 6th June                                                         Contact: Mandy Brown at Falkirk
                                                                                       Contact: 01324 504950
                                                                                                                                    Council 01324 504950
Time: 2pm - 4pm                                                              
Meet: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre                                                    Date: Wednesday 8th June                     Organised by: Falkirk Council in
Price: Donation £2 per person                                                          Time: 10am - 1pm                             partnership with Stenhousemuir
suggested rate                                                                                                                      Football Club and Strathcarron Hospice
                                                                                       Meet: Hills of Dunipace Cemetery car park
Booking: Essential
                                                                                       Price: Free                                  Date: Sunday 12th June

                                                                                       Booking: Essential                           Time: Registration 10 - 11am;
                                                                                                                                    Set off 11am - 12pm
                                                                                                                                    Meet: Stenhousemuir Football Club,
                                                                                                                                    Ochilview Stadium, Stenhousemuir
                                                                                                                                    Price: Free
                                                                                                                                    Booking: All participants must register to
                                                                                                                                    take part in this event
June                                                                                                                                 June

Midweek Ramble                              Kinneil House Open Day!                    The Big Fit Walk 2011
Join Falkirk Council Ranger Service         Special free open day to tie in with       The “Big Fit Walk” is an annual
on this 5½ mile walk that takes in The      the Bo’ness Fair celebrations. This        community health promotion event
Forth & Clyde Canal, Cleuch woodland        impressive mansion was once a location     held in June, designed to encourage as
and Lionthorn Community woodland.           for the Fair. Guides from The Friends      many people as possible to step out and
This beautiful scenic walk begins at        of Kinneil will be on hand to provide      take a 30 minute walk from their own
Bantaskin Park and follows the canal        free tours of the building. Organised in   doorstep, in their local area.
through the Falkirk Tunnel which is         conjunction with Historic Scotland.
                                                                                       The event has helped to spread the
695m long. From here we head into
                                            Kinneil House, Kinneil Estate,             word about walking and other walking
the South Falkirk Countryside and the
                                            Bo’ness, EH51 0PR                          projects have been developing in our
secret woodland glen of Cleuch. The
                                                                                       area. Across Scotland and beyond
return walk takes in spectacular views      Contact: 01506 778530
                                                                                       people are taking part in our “Big Fit
over Falkirk and The Ochil hills before
                                                                                       Walk”. Please be part of something
returning to Bantaskin Park car park.
                                            Date: Sunday 26th June                     big in 2011 by joining in with the 2011
This is long but easy walk that is mainly
                                                                                       “Big Fit Walk” and find out for yourself
flat and follows surfaced footpaths.        Time: 12noon - 4pm
                                                                                       how much fun a short walk can be. It
Contact: 01324 504950                       Meet: Kinneil House entrance.              is something accessible, free, sociable                      Price: Free                                and enjoyable and this event shows
                                                                                       how easily a 30 minute walk can be
Date: Wednesday 22nd June                   Booking: Not necessary, but can get busy
                                                                                       incorporated into our normal routine
Time: 10am - 2pm Duration of walks may                                                 to improve physical and mental health.
differ from times printed.                                                             Physical activity for health benefit does
Meet: Bantaskin estate car park.                                                       not need to be extreme exercise.
Price: Free                                                                            Individuals or organisations can
                                                                                       register and join in and they will receive
Booking: Essential
                                                                                       participant’s stickers before the walk
                                                                                       and a certificate of participation after
                                                                                       the event.
                                                                                       For more information contact:
                                                                                       Dr. Jenny Lim GP Specialist at
                                                                                       Joanne Baillie:
                                                                                       or check the Falkirk Council “Big Fit Walk”
                                                                                       webpage for information, photographs,
                                                                                       video footage and details of how to join in
                                                                                       the “2011 Big Fit Walk” in June 2011.
July                                                                                                                                                       July

Hidden Away:                           The Big Summer Bug Hunt!                   Canine Capers                               Ramble on the
Exploring the world                    Join Falkirk Council Ranger Service for    A fun day for families with dogs. Agility   Rigg Roads
                                       a summer sweep of the meadows in           demonstrations, competitions, Green
of Camouflage                          Callander Park! Find out what bugs and     Dog Walkers, various dog welfare
                                                                                                                              Transmittor path. Join Falkirk Ranger
                                                                                                                              Service for this 8 mile walk to some of
There are many creatures that make     beasties lurk in the long grass and on     groups, dog toy vendors and more.           Falkirk’s most remote farmland tracks
a fine job of blending in with their   the trees! Children over 7 can be left                                                 and paths to the South of the town.
                                                                                  Contact: Michelle: 01324 504628
surroundings. We will have a look      with the Ranger service for the duration                                               The walk begins at The Falkirk Wheel
at a few and see how they do it,       of the event. All equipment provided.      Date: Sunday 10th July                      and heads south through Roughcastle
before having a shot at camouflaging                                                                                          Community woodland before entering
                                       Contact: 01324504950                       Time: 12noon - 4pm
ourselves. Expect to get messy!                                                                                               scented pine woodlands. From here we
                                                  Meet: Dollar Park, Camelon Road,Falkirk
Wear stout footwear and dress for                                                                                             follow forestry tracks before heading
the weather. All under 16s must be     Date: Wednesday 6th July                   Price: Free                                 south once more to old Drove roads
accompanied by an adult.               Time: 11am - 1pm                           Booking: Not necessary, just come along     that are lined with ancient Beech trees
                                                                                                                              and offer some spectacular views over
Contact: Stephen Owen                  Meet: Callander House entrance
                                                                                                                              Falkirk and the Ochil Hills.
01324 486475                           Price: Free
07739 428203                                                                                                                  Footwear and waterproofs. Bring plenty               Booking: Essential                                                                     of water and a packed lunch. This is
                                                                                                                              a moderate route. Not suitable for
Scottish Wildlife Trust                                                                                                       children under 10 years.
Date: Wednesday 6th July                                                                                                      Contact: 01324 504950
Time: 2pm - 4pm                                                                                                     
Meet: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre,                                                                                          Date: Sunday 10th July
                                                                                                                              Time: 9am - 2pm (duration of walk may
Price: Donation. £2 per person                                                                                                differ from times shown)
suggested rate
                                                                                                                              Meet: Falkirk Wheel. Tourist information
Booking: Essential
                                                                                                                              Price: Free
                                                                                                                              Booking: Essential
July                                                                                                                            July

Junior Ranger Boot Camp                   Young Ranger Day                            The Bantaskin
Do you love the outdoors? Are you an      A fun way for youngsters to learn more      Banter Ramble
animal nut? Join Falkirk Council Ranger   about wildlife and the countryside. Run
                                                                                      Fancy an evening walk through
Service in Callander Woods and Park       by the Historic Scotland Ranger Service,
                                                                                      Bantaskin estate with your own
and earn your Junior Ranger certificate   Young Rangers welcomes children from
                                                                                      personal countryside guide? Join
and badge! Follow animal tracks,          5 to 13 years of age accompanied by
                                                                                      Falkirk Council Ranger Service and
spot wildlife, eat wildfood and learn     an adult. Activities range from jellyfish
                                                                                      bring the kids along for a summer
woodland secrets.                         surveying and minibeast hunting to bird
                                                                                      evening walk through the woods and
                                          box building and tree planting.
Suitable for children 7+.                                                             along the canal towpath. Find out about
                                          Contact HS Ranger Service for details       the wildlife in the area, the folklore
Contact: 01324504950
                                          and booking 01506 842065                    of trees and plant uses and try some
                                                                                      hedgerow snacks. Fun activities for
                                          Contact: Ranger Service
Date: Wednesday 13th July                                                             children and adults.
                                          01506 84206
Time: 10am - 1pm                          Historic Scotland                           Contact: 01324 504950
Meet: Entrance to Callander House,                                          
                                          Date: Tuesday 19th July
Callander Park                                                                        Date: Wednesday 20th July
                                          Time: 10am - 12noon
Price: Free                                                                           Time: 7pm
                                          Meet: Blackness Castle
Booking: Essential                                                                    Meet: Bantaskin Estate car park
                                          Price: Free
                                          Booking: Essential                          Price: Free
                                                                                      Booking: Essential
August                                                                                                                                                       August

Young Rangers Day                           Hawkers, Darters and                         Carriden the Beach                           Kinneil Heritage Day and
A fun way for youngsters to learn more      Chasers: The world of                        Woodland                                     Kinneil House Open Day
about wildlife and the countryside. Run
by the Historic Scotland Ranger Service,
                                            Dragon and Damselflies                       Join Falkirk Council Ranger Service          Enjoy losts of free activities and
                                                                                         on an evening stroll through the             entertainment in the setting of Kinneil
Young Rangers welcomes children from        Colourful and lightning fast, dragonflies    scent filled summer air of Carriden          Estate Bo’ness. There is also the
5 to 13 years of age accompanied by         and damselflies are some of the most         woodlands. Walk along the lower              opportunity to explore Kinneil House
an adult. Activities range from jellyfish   stunning creatures living at Jupiter.        reaches of the woodland near the             and Museum free!
surveying and minibeast hunting to bird     They are expert hunters, and skilled         foreshore with your own personal
box building and tree planting.             pilots. They also have an almost             guides to nature. Find out fascinating       Date: Sunday 28th August
                                            unbelievable lifecycle, spending far         facts about wildflowers, trees and
Contact: Ranger Service                                                                                                               Time: 12noon - 4pm
                                            more time growing up in the murky            wildlife, try some hedgerow nibbles
01506 842065                                                                                                                          Meet: Kinneil Estate
                                            depths of the pond before growing up         and listen to stories of Scottish folklore
Date: Tuesday 2nd August                    and taking to the air. This afternoon will   and local history. Try your hand at clay     Price: Free
                                            be an excellent opportunity to find out      tree sculptures to celebrate summer.
Time: 10am - 12noon                                                                                                                   Booking: Not necessary but can get busy
                                            more about these wonderful creatures.        Suitable for nature lovers of all ages.
Meet: Blackness Castle
                                            Wear stout footwear and dress for            Families welcome.
Price: Free                                 the weather. All under 16s must be
                                                                                         Date: Wednesday 10th August
Booking: Essential                          accompanied by an adult.
                                                                                         Time: 7pm - 8:30pm
                                            Contact: Stephen Owen
                                            01324 486475                                 Meet: Carriden Woods, Bo’ness foreshore
                                            07739 428203                                 Price: Free
                                                                                         Booking: Essential
                                            Date: Saturday 6th August
                                            Time: 2pm - 4pm
                                            Meet:Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre,
                                            Price; Donation. £2 per person
                                            suggested rate
                                            Booking: Essential
September                                                                                                    September

            Denny Family Fun Day                        Fungal Foray                                  Forth & Clyde 10
            Featuring inflatable fun, craft and local   Now that autumn is here, the woods            2011 marks the 10th anniversary of
            charity stalls and family entertainment.    and fields at Jupiter are full of all kinds   the re-opening of the Forth & Clyde
                                                        of mushrooms and toadstools. Have             Canal. To celebrate this event the
            Denny Town Centre, open air event,
                                                        a close look at some of the different         largest flotilla of boats ever assembled
            free car parking at Davies Row and
                                                        species, and find out more about how          on the canal will travel from Glasgow
            Carronbank Crescent.
                                                        they grow and feed.                           and culminate in a day of activity and
            Tel: 01324 611293                                                                         entertainment at The Falkirk Wheel.
                                                        Wear stout footwear and dress for
            check with TCM
                                                        the weather. All under 16s must be            Price: Free admission to site. Standard
            Date: Sunday 4 September                    accompanied by an adult.                      activity charges apply. Further details
                                                                                                      online or by phoning the Booking Line.
            Time: 12noon - 4pm                          Contact: Stephen Owen
            Price: Roman                                01324 486475                                  Tel: 08700 500208
            Big Free         Week                       07739 428203
            Special week of events across the area
            to mark the Falkirk district’s Roman                                                      Date: Sunday 25 September
                                                        Scottish Wildlife Trust
            links. Final programme to be confirmed
                                                                                                      Time: tbc
            nearer the time. See online for details.    Date: Saturday 24th September
                                                                                                      Meet: The Falkirk Wheel,
               Time: 2pm - 4pm                               Lime Road, Falkirk FK1 4RS
            Date: 12th - 25th September                 Meet: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre,
            Price: tbc
                                                        Price: Donation. £2 per person
                                                        suggested rate
                                                        Booking: Essential
October                                                                                                            October

          Torwood Castle and Broch                    Rotten Good Fun                             Birdwatching from the
          Falkirk Council Ranger Service are          There is loads of dead stuff lying around   Blackness Battlements
          excited to lead an Autumn walk to the       in autumn, from leaves to whole trees
                                                                                                  Join Historic Scotland Ranger Service
          Atmospheric Torwood Castle and Broch        blown over in the wind. With time they
                                                                                                  and RSPB for a look out over the Firth
          near Torwood. This area is steeped          all seem to miraculously disappear.
                                                                                                  of Forth. RSPB optics on show, reduced
          in history with Roman roads, ancient        We will be exploring the different living
                                                                                                  price entry to Blackness Castle, and
          forests and the best preserved stone        things involved in this - in all things
                                                                                                  a talk on Forth Wildlife by an expert
          age broch in lowland Scotland. Wonder       rotten!
                                                                                                  (11:00 - subject TBC)
          at strange blue wells and ponder if
                                                      Wear stout footwear and dress for
          this is where Wallace’s army waited                                                     Contact: Historic Scotland Rangers
                                                      the weather. All under 16s must be
          before the Battle of Falkirk 1298? Join                                                 01506 843065
                                                      accompanied by an adult.
          us on this walk through 1000 years
                                                                                                  Date: Saturday 22nd October
          of Falkirk’s bloody history. This is a 6    Contact: Stephen Owen
          mile easy walk. Please ensure stout         01324 486475                                Time: 9.30am - 4pm
          footwear and bring waterproofs as well      07739 428203                                Meet: Blackness Castle
          as a packed lunch to eat on the walls of
          Ancient Broch.                                                                          Price: £5, £4 conc, £3 children
                                                      Scottish Wildlife Trust                     Historic Scotland members Free
          Contact: 01324504950
                                                      Date: Thursday 20th October                 Booking: Essential

                                                      Time: 2pm - 4pm
          Date: Sunday 9th October
                                                      Meet: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre
          Time. 9am - 2pm Duration of walks may
          differ from times printed                   Price: Donation. £2 per person
                                                      suggested rate
          Meet: Forth Valley Royal Hospital
          entrance car park, Stirling Road, Larbert   Booking: Essential

          Price: Free
          Booking: Essential

Kinneil House                               From Source to Sea                           Mid week Ramble
Halloween Open Day                         Where the River Carron meets the sea.        The last ramble of the year! Blow those
                                           Second of two walks celebrating the          cobwebs away join the ranger service for
Special Halloween open day at Kinneil
                                           River Carron. This is a three mile walk      a winter wander on one of Falkirk’s path
House, said to be haunted by the ghost
                                           that takes in the flat, expansive farmland   routes. Route T.B.C
of Lady Alice Lilbourne. Guides from
                                           of Skinflats. If we are lucky we will see
The Friends of Kinneil will be on hand                                                  Contact; 01324 404950
                                           some of the large numbers of seabirds
to provide free tours of the building                                         
                                           that visit our shores in the Forth Estuary
as well as spooky tales. Organised in
                                           to overwinter. Binoculars will be            Date: Wednesday 7th December
conjunction with Historic Scotland.
                                           provided. This area was once a thriving
                                                                                        Time. 10am - 12noon
Kinneil House, Kinneil Estate,             mining community and the rangers will
Bo’ness, EH51 0PR                          take you to sites of the old mines and       Price: Free
Contact: 01506 778530                      endeavour to tell you of the hardships       Booking: Essential                         endured while working in them. The
                                           walk ends at Kerse Bridge. Easy route,
Date: Sunday 30th October
                                           but stout footwear and waterproofs
Time: Noon - 3pm (last admission 2:30pm)   essential.
Meet: Kinneil House, Bo’ness               Contact: 010324504950
Price: Free                      
Booking: Not necessary,                    Date: Sunday 6th November
but it can get busy
                                           Time: 9am - 12noon Duration of walks may
                                           differ from times printed
                                           Meet: Car park at Kerse Bridge, Skinflats.
                                           Contact rangers for directions
                                           Price: Free
                                           Booking: Essential
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