Plean Country Park
Cadgers Loan, Plean
On A9 South of Bannockburn
Telephone 01786 442464
In January 1963, the last pit in Plean closed. In the mid 1980's, after years of neglect, British Coal handed over the now derelict Plean House and 190 acres of land to Stirling Council. The paths and the main drives were completely overgrown when work on the park started in 1987. The area has now been transformed into 200 acres of woodland and parkland with way marked walks, an orienteering course and a biodiversity trail. Eighty different species of birds can be spotted and roe deer, rabbits and foxes roam freely.
There is a Walled Garden which was previously used by residents of Plean House to grow their own fruit and vegetables but is not open at present to the public. There are a variety of woodland walks and a horse trail at 4km in length being the longest trail around the park. The core paths laid mostly with tarmac are suitable for the disabled and lead to the picnic area where new picnic tables are suitable for wheelchair use. Older children can have a great time running around, playing hide and seek and building dens while children of all ages can enjoy the newly opened rustic playground.
Snowdrops and daffodils cover the park in Spring, red and blue rhododendrons burst forth in Summer. The Wildflower Meadow has a large variety of wild flowers including the Greater Butterfly Orchid which flowers in early July.
The fenced-off ruins of Plean House stand in the middle of the park, as a reminder of the park's history. A commemorative sculpture stands near the walled garden as a tribute to local miners who worked the pit seams and in memory of those who tragically lost their lives, in the 1922 pit explosion.
The park has a natural wildness and on the paths and trails you can feel like you are the only one there. No adventure playgrounds or gift shops but there are toilets and a recently constructed children's playground make it suitable for a great day out for the family.
Various events are organised throughout the year including Family Fun Days, special Park Ranger nature days, demonstrations and other events run by the Friends Group
Keep an eye on the What's on around Stirling pages and if you would like to find out more about the park or the Friends Group visit www.pleancountrypark.org.uk or contact Stirling Council Ranger Service.
All year during daylight hours