Pink buses provide a stand-out service for tourists visiting Falkirk

The distinctive pink Loop buses have proved a hit with tourists
The distinctive pink Loop buses have proved a hit with tourists

More than 10,000 people have travelled on Falkirk’s tourist bus within the first three months of a major tourism drive.

Distinctive pink bus, The Loop, was launched in April and provides an hourly service between tourist attractions and bus and train services.

The Kelpies, Falkirk Stadium, Callander Park, the Falkirk Wheel and the town centre are all points of interest on the bus route, which is funded by the Scottish Government.

Councillor Craig Martin said: “Passenger numbers for The Loop are very encouraging and we’ve had positive feedback from the public about the service, which shows that it is benefitting the area, creating better connections to improve the visitor experience and supporting local attractions.”

A marketing campaign by VisitFalkirk has helped to attract tourists with many other local organisations such as Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Delivers and Scottish Canals helping to promote the area as a top tourist destination.

Falkirk High and Grahamston stations have dedicated bus stops for the route, which is operated by First Midland Bluebird, and there are VisitFalkirk signs along the way to help people make the most of their trip.

Tickets cost £5 for an all-day hop on hop off ticket and a family ticket is £12. The Loop is free for those aged over 60 with a valid travel pass and for children under five. An itinerary is available to download from VisitFalkirk.com