A PICNIC trail is hoping to encourage people to fill their baskets with goods from the Wee County and wider Forth Valley.

The trail, launched by Forth Valley Food and Drink network, highlights some of the county's and the region's food and drink businesses, free outdoor attractions and beautiful picnic areas.

Around 50 businesses from the wider region are taking part and are being highlighted in an online interactive trail map, funded by Scotland Loves Local.

The map –, available at forthvalleyfoodanddrink.org/food-trail/ features Wee County businesses such as Stag Bites The Hog, Ochil Fudge Pantry and Polly's Pantry (pictured).

Pantry owner Polly Watt said: "We are delighted to be part of the picnic trail and love the idea of shopping local to support small businesses in the region.

"We are a new business and have felt a huge wave of support from the local community, it is actually quite overwhelming.

"There are so many amazing local producers that we work with to sell their products in our farm shop or cafe and its incredible to see so many thriving little businesses growing and succeeding. Thank you so much to all of our customers who have supported us so far and we look forward to welcoming new faces in the future."

It also showcases picnic areas at Gartmorn Dam and in the Hillfoots.

Carolyn McGill, coordinator of Forth Valley Food and Drink, said: "We're encouraging locals to rediscover the fantastic array of local food and drink businesses on their doorstep – from farm shops and delis to local producers and eateries offering food to go.

"Follow the trail map for some suggestions of where to buy your al fresco feast and pop some local produce in your picnic basket.

"You'll also find tips on where to picnic and free attractions you can visit along the way."

Food and drink businesses looking to be added to the trail can contact hello@forthvalleyfoodanddrink.org for more details.