Monday, 20 December 2021
Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.
Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.
Explore historic paths and estate carriageways to find panoramic viewpoints, majestic old oaks, yew groves and tree-lined avenues. If built heritage is more your thing, keep an eye out for a mausoleum built as a tribute to the Forbes family, Victorian kennels, mining remains and a hill fort.
Callendar Woods are part of Callendar House and its surrounding parkland. It’s a great place for the whole family. The park has an amazing Roman themed play area opened in 2019, and an adventurous Natural Play trail up into the woods.
In the summer you can play on pedalos, crazy golf, a Par 3 golf course and bouncy castles. Callendar House contains a tea room, art gallery, museum exhibitions and the local history archives. Everyone is welcome on there are no entry charges.
A charming tour of Callendar Park and the native oak woodland above. The route passes tranquil Callendar Loch and the Forbes family Mausoleum.
Wide, firm and largely smooth gravel and tarmac surface. Long moderate slopes with regular resting places. Some slightly uneven sections.
Allow 1 hour
This scenic circuit of Callendar Wood and Park is suitable for everyone. Look out for dense lumps of Yew and other specimen conifers, as well as the Forbes family Mausoleum enclosed within a vast circular wall above Callendar Loch.
A longer trail following many of the traditional carriageways through Callendar Wood that are lined with specimen trees. The route passes the Victorian kennels, Henry’s Hill and the Barrel Well.
Wide, firm gravel and tarmac surface, with some slightly uneven sections. Long moderate slopes for up to 600m.
Allow 1½ hours
These roads were laid in the nineteenth century with trees like lime, sweet chestnut and copper beech along their route.
There is a café and public toilets, including accessible facilities, at Callendar House.
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
The main car park for Callendar Park is at Callendar House. Follow the signs for 'Callendar House' along Seaton Place, off Estate Avenue.
There is also parking at Callendar Business Park, off Callendar Boulevard. The wood can also be accessed on foot from Kemper Avenue and New Hallglen Road, where there is plenty of on-street parking.
FK1 1YR is the postcode for Callendar House.
Falkirk High train station is a 5 minute walk from the west end of Callendar Wood. Local buses serve all sides of Callendar Park. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
An oasis of calm in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Watch for red squirrels scurrying through the pine