Best Western Park
100 (853 reviews)/
100 (853 reviews)/
Conveniently located a short stroll from the Falkirk town centre, the three-star Best Western Park offers conference space and free on-site parking. The hotel lies 23 miles from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Amenities in the hotel’s 55 bedrooms include televisions, free newspapers, coffee makers and hair dryers. Room service is available.
Facilities at the Best Western Park include a 24-hour front desk, a safe deposit box and laundry amenities.
Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the hotel’s on-site restaurant. Drinks are available from the Foyer Bar.
Falkirk FC and the Grangemouth Sports Stadium are within three miles of the hotel. Callendar Park and Drum Wood are among the nearby green spaces.
Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, built beside Linlithgow Loch. An ancient 16th century fountain has now been restored and is thought to be the oldest fountain in Great Britain. Wander around this palace and absorb the history, it can also be used for weddings and in the summer Scottish country dance enthusiasts dance in the courtyard on some evenings. Easy to reach by train or public transport and several carparks near by, although it does get busy in the summer months. Part of Historic Scotland, admission tickets can now be bought online. Open all year, except 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January. The grounds open 9.30am and close 6.30pm in summer (1 April to 30 September) and 4.30pm in winter.
Stirling Castle is located in Stirling, on top of the Castle Crag. The western face of the rock drops 80m down, but the site is naturally well defended form three sides. Historically, the castle guarded a desirable crossing on the river Forth and effectively, the access to the Highlands from the south. The castle is connected with important events of Scottish history: battles of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn, coronation of Mary Queen of Scots, Jacobite uprisings. It was a favourite residence of the Stuarts in 16th and 17th centuries. The castle is approached via fortifications of the Forework: the Gatehouse, the curtain wall, ditch and several towers. Majority of the important buildings inside the walls date from the 15th and 16th centuries. The most important ones are located around the Upper Square: the Palace, The Great Hall, built as venue for state occasions, the Chapel, and King's Old Building. Other attractions include the basement Great Kitchens, the Nether Bailey and the Tapestry Studio. There is a cafe, a bookshop, a gift shop and a whisky shop. Admission: Adult £9 (10 Euros), Child £4.50 (5 Euros). Opens 9.30, closes 6pm in summer (Apr-Sep)
The National Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig outside Stirling commemorates the life of Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who battled the forces of King Edward I of England in the cause of Scottish independence. The monument, completed in 1869, is a 220-ft Victorian Gothic tower designed by John Thomas Rochead. Visitors climb 246 interior steps to view Stirling, the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and Stirling Castle—not to mention the River Forth and the surrounding countryside—from the tower’s crown. Along the way, they can pause to explore galleries depicting Wallace’s impact on Scottish history, to gaze at his sword, and to wander the Hall of Heroes with its busts of famous Scotsmen. Aside from the monument’s remarkable open crown, its most striking element is a 15-ft bronze statue of Wallace placed on a corbel about 30 ft above ground level. The caretaker’s house (attached to the monument) is now a tearoom. There is also a small on-premises gift shop. A separate reception center is located at the base of Abbey Craig, where visitors can purchase tickets and catch the shuttle leading up to the monument.