Central Scotland Tourist Information

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Central Scotland is best thought of as the central ‘waist’, North of Glasgow. Its boundaries are with the North East, Loch Lomond and the West Highlands, encompassing Dunfermline, Falkirk, St Andrews and Stirling and Fife.

What’s it like?

Well populated and mainly comprising relatively accessible lowlands, central Scotland is teeming with character and areas of great natural beauty, such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Peace at the Loch

Peace at the Loch

Outdoors activities

Scotland in general is well known for its being a great place for walking, cycling, horse riding and other outdoors activities, and the Central Scotland Forest epitomises this, being a populous area from Lanark to Stirling, and described on its website as “not a single forest but a mosaic of many woodlands spread throughout 620 square miles bounded by Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk/Stirling and Lanark”.

There are also a great number of golf courses in the central area –around 119 quality courses if you include those in Glasgow, which are very accessible. And of course, the world renowned St Andrews courses are in this Central Scotland area.

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

No visitor should make a trip to central Scotland without experiencing the majestic beauty of Loch Lomond for walking and mountain exploration, for river boat trips on the water bus, or for canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, water skiing and wind surfing. For those visitors who prefer to be land-based, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs encourage camping and walking, wildlife spotting, cycling and horse-riding, not to mention climbing activities. The Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park website lists a Top Ten of walks in this area of spectacular beauty at the following link (search for top ten walks):

Stirling Castle Exhibit

Stirling Castle Exhibit

Spotlight on Dunfermline and Stirling

Two of the central region’s main settlements, Dunfermline and Stirling, attract many visitors. The former started life in the Neolithic period and is now the central region’s main shopping town, but is also home to Dunfermline Abbey and Palace (overlooking the Firth of Forth), and Pitreavie Castle where a Robert the Bruce festival is held.

Stirling, the largest city in this area, is medieval in origin, built at the mouth of the River Forth. Modern and bustling, it boasts a cliff-top castle with origins of more than a thousand years ago. It was voted the UK’s finest heritage visitor attraction in 2012, beating the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle. The National Wallace Monument (celebrating William Wallace) is positioned here to overlook the Battle of Stirling Bridge site – where Wallace used his strategic skills to overcome the mass of English troops. And not forgetting, the Battle of Bannockburn was fought nearby and the site’s visitor centre is definitely worth a visit.

How to get to Central Scotland

Central Scotland is eminently accessible, being reached by a network of motorways and A roads – from Glasgow, Edinburgh, North and South. Just take the M74 North past Glasgow and you’re there!

Where to stay

We are pleased to offer the visitor to Scotland’s central belt, a wide variety of accommodation of many types. Mainly in the form of self-catering holiday cottages and hotels, we also offer guest houses, pubs and apartments. Our accommodation – some grand, come contemporary, some traditional, some pet-friendly and some award-winning, will inspire you to take a break in Central Scotland, so browse our lists today.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.