- River Forth Trip
"In the February Countryside Matters we reported that the Council had been approached about a trip on
the 20 and 21 June on the River Forth from the Carron Sealock, at Grangemouth, up to Stirling City.
Following the item’s appearance in the Planning Schedule and then subsequently, being reported in
the Stirling Observer, we have received more approaches and positive feedback about this trip and the
use of the River Forth, than for any previous item, highlighted in the Countryside Matters.
The organisers had initially assumed that there would be between 6 and 8 boats in the convoy. From
recent discussions, that number has now grown to between 15 and 20 boats, with the expectation that
it could increase further. The popularity of this trip appears to be based on the desire to access
Stirling City by river, but also acknowledging that, for the less experienced boater, being in a flotilla,
there will be an element of security. There will also be an opportunity to explore a new section of
waterway, along with checking on the facilities for potentially future use. We are fortunate to have a
superb backdrop to the City from Forthside, but from those who previously have made the trip by river
up to Stirling, they suggest that no visitor could fail to be impressed by the backdrop of the Castle,
Wallace’s Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and the imposing landscapes of the Abbey Craig, Ochil
Should be good fun, but with bridge clearances of 9m and 3.5m at the Kincardine, Clackmannanshire, and Taylorton bridges, there will be no yachts except those that can lower their masts. Info at On the Forth.