Day trip gems in your back garden include numerous parks, historic buildings and feats of amazing engineering.

Take a trip to Helix Park, home to the 30-metre high Kelpies sculpture by Andy Scott, and relax in the landscaped gardens beside the lagoon.  Visit the Dunmore Pineapple, the most bizarre building in Scotland, built in 1761 by the 4th Earl of Dunmore who wanted to grow pineapples.

Wonder at feats of engineering at the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, linking the Forth, Clyde, and the Union canals.

If you’re the sporting type, Glenbervie Golf Club is just around the corner, while horse riding facilities are only a stone’s throw away.

Nearby Falkirk offers museums, art galleries, leisure facilities and a growing micro brewery industry.

Whether it’s with family or friends, there will always be plenty of nearby activities to pass the time.