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Stirlingshire

Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and the Campsies is a unique part of Scotland. There are so many things to near to our holiday cottage - from ancient historic houses and castles to the new Falkirk Wheel, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to munroes in the Scottish Highlands. All are easily accessible from this luxury, well-equipped self-catering accommodation.

Stirling sits in the lowland scenery of Scotland's central belt. Stirling Castle, formerly the residence of many Scottish Kings, perches on a long-extinct volcano. Leading up to Stirling Castle is the beautiful architecture and cobbled streets of Stirling's Old Town.

Here William Wallace - the Braveheart - and Robert the Bruce won independence for Scotland. The William Wallace Monument was built as a memorial, and BruceÕs historic victory is vividly remembered at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre.

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway is a great favourite with children as you can take a 7 mile journey on a steam train along the Forth. There is a fascinating railway museum and you can break the journey on the train with a visit to the Birkhill Mine. There are huge caverns and fossils of enormous tree ferns, 300 million years old.

Ochil Hills, Clackmannanshire The busy commercial centre of Falkirk was once the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, and around its outskirts the remains of AntonineÕs Wall still stand, as does the fifteenth century Blackness Castle, poised above the River Forth, a reminder of earlier, stormy times. However, an icon of the 21st century has appeared in Falkirk with the opening of The Falkirk Wheel, the worldÕs first revolving boat lift, making it possible to sail right across Scotland for the first time in over 40 years. Clackmannanshire - the Ôwee countyÕ- the main town of Alloa reaches out toward the sloping Ochil Hills, home to picturesque Dollar and the spectacular Castle Campbell. Away from the Ochils lies the elegant Victorian spa town of Bridge of Allan, and further north again, is the city of Dunblane, with its 13th century cathedral. To the west lie The Campsie Fells - rolling countryside and craggy outcrops, sheltering the villages of Kippen, Buchlyvie, Balfron and Fintry, as well as the special charms of the Glengoyne Distillery, which provides tours with the emphasis on whisky tasting. The countryside surrounding the ancient city of Stirling is rich and fertile, with the gentle slopes of the Campsies and the rolling farmlands of Strathallan. Scattered towns and villages dot the landscape, offering a rich flavour of rural Scotland.

BONNYBRIDGE This small town is a must for those interested in science fiction, as it has become world famous for the numerous local sightings of UFOs.

BRIDGE OF ALLAN Home to Stirling's university with a bustling high street with some great shops, including Clive Ramsay's wonderful deli. This well preserved former Victorian spa town is home to the Wallace Monument. The views from the top of the Wallace Monument make the climb worthwhile!

DOLLAR Nestling in the foot of Dollar Glen, this pretty small town with its river is overlooked by Castle Campbell. Castle Campbell is a magnificent castle and well worth a visit.

DOUNE With its ancient medieval castle (open to the public) and interesting architecture, Doune is a pleasant, traditional village and Doune Castle (under the stewardship of Historic Scotland) is well worth a visit - it featured in a Monty Python film amongst others. Nearby is the Doune Antique Centre with a good restaurant and lots of wonderful antiques.

DUNBLANE The magnificent 13th century cathedral dominates the ancient city, which still retains its historic character. It is also home to the Leighton Library, built in 1687 and containing a remarkable collection of books. Dunblane museum is an interesting well laid out museum.

FALKIRK Large bustling town with a big shopping precinct and leisure facilities. The area has a rich and colourful history with links to the Roman Empire, William Wallace, the Jacobites and the Industrial Revolution.

FINTRY Quiet, colourful village noted for its regular awards in the "Scotland's Best Kept Village" competition and 700 year old clan castle.

KILLEARN The preservation of several 18th and 19th century cottages provides strong character to this historic village. Visitors are welcome at the nearby whisky distillery.

KIPPEN With fine views over the Carse of Stirling, this large village has an elegant parish church.

MENSTRIE Attractive Hillfoots village, noted for its pleasant setting and for the remains of Sir William Alexander's 16th Century castle.

PLEAN Small former mining community and home to beautiful Plean Country Park.

STIRLING Steeped in Scotland's history, the city was the focal point of Scotland's Wars of Independence and favoured seat of the Stuart Kings. The Old Town is one of Scotland's best preserved and Stirling castle is a popular tourist attraction.

Alive with history, visitors to Falkirk can explore the Roman remains of the Antonine Wall, watch large pots steaming in the 19th century kitchens of Callendar House. Falkirk is also home to the engineering marvel of the Falkirk Wheel Ð the world's first revolving boatlift. The Antonine Wall dates from the 2nd century, and marked the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Kinneil Estate, meaning ÔWallÕs EndÕ, has the best preserved sections of the wall along with the foundations of a fortlet. Other parts are visible at Callendar Park, Polmont Hill, Watling Lodge and at Tamfourhill, where the defensive ditch can be seen to its best advantage. Roughcastle, at Bonnybridge has the most complete fort on the wall. Imagine a Latin legionnaire, looking out from the wall into the wild land of the blue-painted Picts. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the wall was only held for 20 years before the imperial forces retreated further south, finding the struggle to subdue the Picts a thankless task.

Blackness Castle is a 15th century fortress which stands proud on the banks of the Firth of Forth near the peaceful little village of Blackness. Its situation is most appropriate, as the shape of its outer wall is said to resemble a battleship. The moody and atmospheric castle made the perfect setting for the film version of Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson. Falkirk also saw the defeat of ScotlandÕs hero, Sir William Wallace, in the battle of 1298.

The Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk was a major player in the growth of the industrial revolution. James Watt developed his steam engine in the area. Carron Iron Works, which used to lead the world in iron smelting, was famous for its cannon, which was used at Waterloo and helped secure the victory. The Forth & Clyde and Union Canals played a key role in carrying raw materials and finished products. Today, with the completion of the Millennium Canal Link and the Falkirk Wheel at Tamfourhill just outside Falkirk, it is possible for boats to travel across Scotland from Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea for the first time in over 40 years. The Falkirk Wheel is the world's first revolving boat lift and visitors to the Falkirk Wheel can board a vessel for The Falkirk Wheel Experience - to view the Falkirk Wheel from land or water. This is a great experience but best to pre-book in the summer.

Callendar House and Park - The impressive mansion of Callendar House, standing in attractive parkland in Falkirk, features an exhibition which reveals the 900 year history of the house. Sample freshly cooked food in the restored working kitchen, visit period shops or enjoy the history of the period in the Victorian Library. The exhibition 'Forbes's Falkirk' allows visitors to experience life in Victorian Falkirk. The mansion's grounds, Callendar Park, offers a wide range of leisure pursuits and pleasant walks.

Stirling town has many tourist attractions, not least Stirling Castle, set within the beautiful old town - details of Stirling's visitors' sites. There is a wealth of tourist attractions on the doorstep of our self-catering holiday accommodation. This is also a wonderful area for walking, cycling and all outdoor activities.