The Complete Guide to Visiting Free Attractions in Central Scotland

Last updated on December 12th, 2020

Find a great selection of free attractions with my list of the best free attractions in Central Scotland and Tayside.

If you’d like to discover even more places to visit take a look at my Scottish Tourist Attractions Map – but don’t forget to check my Weather Forecast Map before you leave home.

Callandar House

Address:               Callendar Rd, Falkirk, FK1 1YR

Opening Times:   Daily 10:00 to 17:00

Tel Number:        01324 503770

Email Address:    N/A

Website:              Callandar House

About: Callendar House is set in the historic landscape of Callendar Park, which also contains a section of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site. The House features informative displays including The Story of Callendar House, The Antonine Wall, Rome’s Northern Frontier, and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850.

Cambuskenneth Abbey

Address:               Ladysneuk Rd, Stirling, FK9 5NG

Opening Times:   1 April to 30 September: Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm. 1 to 31 October: Daily, 10am to 4pm

Tel Number:        0131 668 8600

Email Address:    N/A

Website:              Cambuskenneth Abbey

About: This Abbey was founded in 1140 by King David I to serve Stirling Castle, which stands a short distance to the west. The abbey is unusual in that it has a bell tower that is unlike any other construction of its type anywhere in Scotland.

Dollar Museum

Address:               Castle Campbell Hall, 1 High St, Dollar, FK14 7AY

Opening Times:   Saturdays: 11am to 1pm, 2pm to 4.30pm. Sundays: 2pm to 4.30pm

Tel Number:        01259 742185

Email Address:    N/A

Website:              Dollar Museum

About: Dollar Museum is an independent museum dedicated to the history and heritage of the village of Dollar, in the county of Clackmannanshire. The Museum includes an excellent store and an archive room, as well as a major display on the Devon Valley Railway.


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Fife Coastal Path

Address:               Various points of entry. See website for details.

Opening Times:   N/A

Tel Number:        01592 656 080

Email Address:    mailto:[email protected]

Website:              Fife Coastal Path

About: The Fife coastal path stretches for 117 miles from the Firth of Forth in the south to the Firth of Tay in the north. The route offers a spectacular walking experience with difficulty levels ranging from flat and easy-going, to steep and demanding.


Kinneil Museum

Address:               Duchess Anne Cottages, Bo’ness, EH51 0PR

Opening Times:   Mon to Sun 12:30 – 16:00

Tel Number:        01506 778530

Email Address:    N/A

Website:              Kinneil Museum

About: Kinneil Museum is located in the 17th-century stable building of Kinneil House, and aims to tell the story of Bo’ness town, which was built on Roman remains. Kinneil Estate contains part of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site and also includes the site of a deserted medieval village.

Loch Leven Heritage Trail

Address:               Kinross, KY13. Various points of entry. See website for details.

Opening Times:   N/A

Tel Number:        01577 864439

Email Address:    mailto:[email protected]

Website:              Loch Leven Heritage Trail

About: Loch Leven Heritage Trail is a unique 21km trail that links natural, historic and cultural heritage around Loch Leven. The trail is suitable for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities and is disabled-friendly.

Maid of the Loch

Address:               Loch Lomond Marina, Riverside, Balloch, Alexandria, G83 8LF

Opening Times:   See website for details

Tel Number:        01389 711865

Email Address:    mailto:[email protected]

Website:              Maid of the Loch

About: The Maid is a fine example of Clyde-built ship engineering and features a beautiful art-deco inspired interior. The vessel is located on the banks of Loch Lomond, and is currently being renovated into a fully operational paddle steamer.


North Queensferry Harbour Light Tower

Address:               60 Main St, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, KY11 1JG

Opening Times:   Thur to Sun 11:00 to 16:30 (plus Weds in Summer)

Tel Number:        +44 (7852) 437384

Email Address:    mailto:[email protected]

Website:              N/A

About: The harbour light tower in North Queensferry is an extremely interesting example of 19th-century engineering that sits nearby the UNESCO world heritage Forth Rail Bridge. It is most famous for holding the title of the world’s smallest working light tower.

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St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve

Address:               The Old Lifeboat Station, Nether Warburton, Montrose, DD10 0AQ

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        01674 830736

Email Address:    mailto:[email protected]

Website:              St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve

About: The St. Cyrus grasslands are protected from the ravages of the weather by the natural barriers of inland cliffs and a seaward ridge of sand dunes. In summer the reserve is home to countless butterflies and moths, and peregrine falcons can be frequently seen in search of prey.


Stirling Smith Museum and Gallery

Address:               40 Albert Pl, Stirling, FK8 2RQ

Opening Times:   Tues to Sat 10:30 – 17:00. Sun 14:00 – 17:00

Tel Number:        01786 471917

Email Address:    N/A

Website:              Stirling Smith Museum and Gallery

About: The Stirling Smith Museum functions as a gallery and museum for historical and contemporary artefacts and paintings from the Stirling area. The building also houses a lecture theatre, café and a biodiversity garden.

Tentsmuir Forest and Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

Address:               Fife, DD6 9PF

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        01382 553704

Email Address:    mailto:[email protected]

Website:              Tentsmuir Forest and Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

About: Tentsmuir exhibits a diverse mixture of wildlife across its dunes and heathland, where seals frequently come ashore and seabirds feast on the food hidden in the mudflats. Morton Loch can be found slightly inland, where birds like the teal can be seen at the water’s edge, and sightings of otters are surprisingly frequent.

The Church of the Holy Rude

Address:               St John Street, Stirling, FK8 1ED

Opening Times:   Open daily.

Tel Number:        N/A

Email Address:    mailto:[email protected]

Website:              The Church of the Holy Rude

About: This fascinating building has been the Parish Church of Stirling for over 900 years. It is the only church still in active use, apart from Westminster Abbey in London, to have hosted a coronation, when King James VI of Scotland was crowned in 1567.

The River Tay Public Art Trail

Address:               River Tay, Perth, PH1. There are various points of entry.

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        N/A

Email Address:    N/A

Website:              The River Tay Public Art Trail

About: The art trail of Perth takes you along Tay Street, over the river and through a beautiful riverside park. There are many gardens and flower beds to discover as well as some fascinating pieces of public art that are on permanent display.


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