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Callendar Wood

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Callendar Wood Forest Notices

We hope you’ve been enjoying the walking trails at your nearby forests during lockdown. As Scottish Government COVID-19 restrictions ease, we look forward to welcoming you back more fully, and are working hard to reopen our facilities as soon as safely possible.

At this location:

  • Toilets are closed while we work to make them safe for you to use by implementing new Health Protection Scotland guidance on cleaning and maintenance. Please “go before you go” and check helpful apps or websites to find toilets that are open nearby.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Landscaped woodland and parkland near Falkirk

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.

Guide map to Callendar Park woodlands (PDF 2.2MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Yew Trail

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.

Easy (all abilities)
2 miles / 3.4 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

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.

Walking

High Road

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.

Easy
3 miles / 4.7 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

These roads were laid in the nineteenth century with trees like lime, sweet chestnut and copper beech along their route.

Facilities & access

Toilets
Toilets
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments

There is a café and public toilets, including accessible facilities, at Callendar House.

Getting here

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.

Using SatNav?

FK1 1YR is the postcode for Callendar House.

Public transport

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.

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0300 067 6600 (option 1)
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