The Ochils Landscape Partnership aims to increase access to the hills and glens of the Ochils, improve the quality of our rivers, and restore parts of the historic built landscape. The project will provide opportunities for community involvement and volunteering to tell the story of the area's cultural, social and industrial heritage. It aims to enhance the lives of people in the Hillfoots and also to increase visitors to the area.
The Ochils Festival is a varied programme of FREE events throughout June, designed to celebrate the landscape, heritage and people of the Ochils and Hillfoots area of Clackmannanshire and Stirling.
The programme includes something for everyone - locals and visitors alike: walks; talks; workshops; craft, discovery and genealogy sessions; tours of historic kirkyards; and fun family activities. There is an unmissable family day on Saturday 21 June - Ochils Fest.
New to the programme for 2014 is the Tartan Ball, a revival of the event that was first held in the 1840s to give the local textile industry a boost.
The Ochils Landscape Partnership works with local people to conserve and celebrate the heritage of the Ochils and Hillfoots.
The Virtual Visitor & Education Centre is now live!
You can access our 'Virtual Landscape' by clicking on the banner at the top of the page, or via the green tab above.
There are clickable 'hotspots' to information, images, animations and CGI films. The animations were created by the 6 Hillfoots primary schools as part of the recent environmental projects they did with us - each film is on the topic related to their outdoor lessons. And you can learn a bit about Hidden Hillfoots History by watching our amazing films: 'Alva House and Ice House' , Bronze Age Burials', and 'The Ochils and the Locals'.
Though the competition has ended, our Woodland Park Geo-caching trail is still in place. You can find the GPS co-ordinates via the Virtual Visitor & Education Centre or download the paper-based version of the trail.
There is also trail information about the Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way, with two more trails - The River Devon Trail and The Kirkyards Trail - to follow. There will be another Geo-caching trail (and competition) next year too.
Have fun exploring!
Did you know ... ?
Did you know that in 1930 eight bus services (334 buses daily) used the bus station in Murray Square, Tillicoultry? This was one of the first bus stations in Scotland. The clock (1931) is still there today.