The Tuesday 10 #8

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Last week there were some great holiday destinations, Jen has made me slightly jealous – would love to go to Barbados 🙂

This weeks theme is 10 things to see and do in your town:

1. The Kelpies/The Helix

http://www.thehelix.co.uk/

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(image source the kelpies webiste)

Falkirk’s  newest attraction! It has been a long time in the works and it officially opened a few weeks ago. The Kelpies are impressive 30 meter high horse-head sculptures. They are part of The Helix which they are branding as a place to be active and a place to discover.

 

2. The Falkirk Wheel

http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk

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(source Falkirk Wheel website)

Otherwise known as the Millennium wheel, this is part of the same project as The Kelpies and it was officially opened in 2002.

 

3. Callendar House &Park

Callendar House 

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This is a stunning building that was in ruin for years, then it got restored. The have a fully working Georgian kitchen which if you time your visit right you can sample food made using the same techniques as they would have back in the day – the staff even dress in Georgian attire.

The park and woodlands surrounding the house are beautiful and there are walk ways through the woods as well the old Forbes family mausoleum.

4. World of Wings

http://www.worldofwings.co.uk/

They are now Scotland’s largest bird of prey centre that is open to the public and they have so many species including eagles, vultures, owls and many more.

Whilst we haven’t been yet -which is terrible considering it is right on our doorstep I would love to go and the kids would love it. The center is very much geared at educating and conservation, which I think is great as so many birds of prey especially the osprey are diminishing in numbers.  I used to be a member of the RSPB 🙂

 

5. Blair Drummond Safari Park

http://www.blairdrummond.com/

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source – blair drummond website

This place is brilliant. I love taking Jack here and cant wait to go during the summer this year with Max and Lucy. 

You can expect to see lions, rhinos and elephants – which you now cant even see at Edinburgh zoo! and all the other usual safari creatures. Whikst we dont obviously live in warm climate, I have to say the animals dont look “sad” and are well looked after – from what can be seen of the animals themselves and their enclosures.

The park also some amusements and a sea lion show, which is kind of short but long enough really for the animals.

6. Stirling Castle

http://www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk/

source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling
source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling

Gotta get a castle thrown into this list somewhere right? lol

Whilst not in my town it is easily about 15-20 min drive away so still counts 🙂 I cant even begin to describe the castle and its history, it has had  long and eventful history – its a great day out to experience.

7. Wallace’s Monument

http://www.nationalwallacemonument.com/

image source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling
image source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling

“Standing tall and proud outside the city of Stirling, and overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge.

This is a place where history is something you can touch and feel, as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland.

For over 140 years, this world-famous landmark has fascinated visitors with its exhibits and displays, telling the story of Sir William Wallace.”

 

Ok its not quite 10 but I am going to stop there, as some things will end up being repeated. Most of my readers are American, and there is so much I could post about what to see and do in my lovely homeland but that would take forever lol

Tbe next few topics – for those that like to plan ahead will be:

#9 Goals for June

#10 Favorite quotes

#11 Favorite foods

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30-something living in Scotland with her fiance Lee and 3 year old son Jack. Baby number 2 is due Dec 2012.
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5 thoughts on “The Tuesday 10 #8

  1. AWESOME list! I’d love to see the Callender House – it looks like what I picture when I read Jane Eyre.

  2. Oh I have always wanted to come to scottland.. then I met you online and now I see all of this awesome.. *sigh* I hope someday 🙂

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