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Stirling & Forth Valley Including Dunblane, Bridge of Allan, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire



...which stands proudly on the summit of the Abbey Craig above the fields where William Wallace led his troops to victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge.


THE ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS Relive the domestic life of the 16th and 17th centuries amid the old buildings and cobbled streets. Explore the beautiful palace and garden, as featured in TV show Outlander. OPEN: 28 Mar to 31 Oct, see website for opening times. Access to Study and Town House by guided tours only. Garden OPEN: All year, 10am5pm. Off the A985, 12mls W of Forth Road Bridge. KY12 8JH. Tel: 01383 880359.


You haven’t seen Stirling till you’ve seen the Smith – it’s the soul of Stirling. Home to the world’s oldest football and curling stone. Social and art history of Stirling. Café, shop, gardens, picnic area. OPEN Tues to Sat 10.30 – 5pm, Sun 2-5pm. Free admission and parking. Tel 01786 471 917

Come and take a closer look – and discover the life and legacy of Scotland’s National Hero.

Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, Stirling FK9 5LF Tel: (01786) 472140


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STERLING MILLS OUTLET SHOPPING VILLAGE Have a look around and discover what makes Sterling Mills a unique shopping destination. You’ll find us at the foot of the stunning Ochil Hills, not far from Stirling, and an easy car ride from most of central Scotland. With FREE parking, a kids play park and loads of family events taking place throughout the year, shopping at Sterling Mills is a breath of fresh air. Find famous brands you love for less, M&S Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Adidas/ Reebok, GAP Outlet, Home Bargains, Thorntons, Pavers Shoes, Charles Clinkard, Trespass, Mountain Warehouse and many more! OPEN: 7 days, 10am to 6pm Devon Vale, Tillicoultry FK13 6HQ Tel: 01259 752 100.



The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery is a five-star visitor attraction that offers a truly authentic whisky experience. Making whisky today the same way since 1775, visitors experience the handmade distilling processes that have been used to craft the whiskies, By Hand and By Heart, at Glenturret Distillery for generations. Remember to visit our café and restaurant, Wilde Thyme at Glenturret, and our gift shop where you can Bottle Your Own whisky and purchase distillery exclusives. The Famous Grouse Experience, Glenturret Distillery, The Hosh, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 4HA. Tel: 01764 656565


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ALLOA TOWER Fully restored and furnished, and containing a superb collection of family portraits, this ancestral home of the Earls of Mar is one of Scotland’s largest surviving medieval towers. Original dungeon and roof-beams contrast with the elegant Italianate staircase, added in the 18th century. OPEN 23 March to 28 October, see website for opening times. Off A907. FK10 1PP. Tel: 01259 211701

STIRLING OLD TOWN TOUR Rated 5 Stars on Trip Advisor! A hilarious mix of comedy, drama and storytelling with costumed local guides. Meet: Cowan’s Hospital Departs: May, June & Sept (Saturday & Sunday) July & August (Wed – Sun) 2pm & 4pm Tickets: On-line, from your guide or tourist Information. 8

CAMBUSKENNETH ABBEY An Augustinian Abbey, was founded in 1140 by King David I. Now all a ruin except its tower. Descriptive plaques will help you unravel its past. Free Admission. OPEN Summer only (April to September) Mon to Sat 9.30am to 6pm & Sundays 2pm to 6pm. Historic Scotland. Access over the foot bridge at the end of Shore Road and Abbey Road. (Map Grid: D1)

THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN Prepare for battle at this brand new thrilling experience. With cutting edge 3D technology, you can experience medieval combat like never before and discover more about this crucial event in Scottish history. OPEN all year, daily. Visits are by timed ticket, book online in advance at On A872, 2 miles South of Stirling. FK7 0LJ. Tel: 01786 812664.




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MAHARAJA AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE Take great care in producing distinctive traditional curries related to Northern India. A number of curries that have never been cooked in Stirling before. Unique signature dishes along with popular British curries. Excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. OPEN 7 days Mon to Thurs 12 to 2.30pm and 5 to 11pm. Sat 12 to 11pm. Sun 1.00 to 10pm. 39 King Street, FK8 1DN Tel: 01786 470728

THE GOLDEN CROWN Has an excellent reputation for its Chinese and Cantonese cuisine. Operated by the same family for 40 years, it’s Stirling’s original Chinese Restaurant, offering over 160 dishes from their fabulous menu. Relax in their warm and friendly restaurant, visit the take-away or simply telephone for home deliveries. OPEN daily 12noon to 2pm and 5pm to 10pm (11pm Fri/Sat). 23-25 Barnton St, Stirling. Tel: 01786 473984 or 01786 446336 13

BREA Has over 200 excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. Famous for its gourmet food and burgers, delicious seafood, quality wines and craft beers like Brew Dog, Williams Bros and Thistly Cross Ciders and Cocktails. Open daily 11am - 9.30pm for lunch and dinner. Enjoy their fantastic locally sourced, freshly made food and friendly service. 5 Baker Street, Stirling, FK8 1BJ Tel: 01786 446277

FILLING STATION Is an all-American restaurant and bar in the heart of Stirling, offering authentic flavours of the USA from the East Coast to the West. It is casual dining at its best, where the food will always be good, the vibe always upbeat and the service second to none. Choose from a selection of wraps, burgers, pizzas, salads, grills, the ever popular sizzling fajitas, plus lots more. OPEN 7.00am until late. 1-7 Dumbarton Road. Tel: 01786 472 820 17



KILTED KANGAROO - Australian Bar & Grill House. Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, a great selection of drinks from around the world, some amazing entertainment or Stirling’s biggest Beer Garden there is something for everyone! Mon: Musical Bingo - Tue: Open Mic - Wed: Quiz - Thu: Karaoke. Party Bar open until 2am Fri & Sat! OPEN 7 DAYS. 9 Upper Craigs, Stirling (under the arch). Tel: 01786 451130 -

JIMMY CHUNGS. Authentic Chinese Cuisine presented in buffet style, a beautiful selection of starters and main courses, followed by a selection of fresh desserts - if you have any room left! OPEN 7 days a week, lunch 11.45 – 4.30pm only £7.49, (£8.49 Fri-Sun and bank holidays). Dinner 5pm – 10.30pm only £10.99 (£12.99 Fri-Sat). The chefs only use the freshest ingredients! 14 Friars Street, Stirling. FK8 1HA Tel: 01786 469911 24


Mediterranean food at the MEDITERRANÉA RESTAURANT. Simple, fresh food and a fantastic choice of wines. A wide selection of Eastern Mediterranean and Greek meze/tapas style dishes. Regular live entertainment! Mon - Open Jam Sessions. Salsa and DJ nights. 4 Viewfield Place, Stirling, FK8 1NQ, Tel: 01786 478 534. OFFER: 2 FOR 1 ON ALL MEDITERRANEAN MEZE/ TAPAS DISHES ON TUES, WITH THIS ADVERT.

CORRIERI’S PIZZERIA AND FISH & CHIP SHOP Owned by a Scottish-Tuscan family for over 50 years. Producing all their own pizza dough, pasta dishes, garlic breads and much more, from fresh ingredients sourced daily. Traditional Italian Ice Cream. Table Licence. Reasonably priced 6 page menu, catering for the whole family. OPEN 6 days, 10am to 10.30pm, closed Tuesday. 7 Alloa Rd, Causewayhead. 21


WELCOME TO THE STIRLING BELHAVEN PUB TRAIL: The City Walls, Morrison’s Cold Beer Co, The Corn Exchange, No.2 Baker Street, Drouthy Neebors and Molly Malone’s: Proud of the company’s Scottish heritage, Belhaven Pubs are renowned for excellent value and service regardless of the size or style of venue. Offering a wide range of beers, wines and freshly prepared food. Follow the purple footsteps on the page 5 town map. MOLLY MALONE’S Offers a touch of the Emerald Isle, so join in the ‘Spirit of the Irish!’ Live music, sport and good craic is what Molly’s is all about! Full menu of Irish, Scottish and British favourites served 11am to 9pm (children welcome before 8pm). “The best pint of Guinness, at the best price in town” OPEN Sun-Thurs 11am to midnight and till 1am Fri/Sat. 11 Maxwell Place, Stirling, FK8 1JU. Tel: 01786 478264.


NO. 2 BAKER STREET A traditional Scottish pub with a broad selection of cask ales. The pub is oozing with character with its wooden beams and pillars popular among both regulars and visitors alike. Regular entertainment includes Quiz Night (Tues), Jam Night (Wed) and live music (Thurs) & bands at weekends. Tel: 01786 448722. 2 Baker Street, Stirling, FK8 1BJ


DROUTHY NEEBORS Is a well known and much loved local gem! The bar takes its name from Robert Burns’ most famous poem “Tam O’Shanter” Fresh home cooked food, a superb selection of drinks, a down to earth style of service with real attention to detail, the best in local music all help Drouthys keep leading the way! This quirky little spot has live local music every Fri/Sat night Tel: 01786 450858. 7 Baker Street, FK8 1BJ


MORRISON’S COLD BEER CO In the listed building that was once the city’s post office. Over 30 different beers and lagers, cool cocktails and over 200 single malt and blended whiskies. Food is served 12pm-9pm. Big screen TV’s showing SKY Sports and a giant screen showing major events. Outdoor patio area with heaters. 84-86 Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 2BX. Tel: 01786 463 524.


THE CITY WALLS Is located within the ancient fortifications of Stirling on the ‘Back Walk’. Stylish interior with rooftop beer terrace, perfect for eating and dining alfresco on warm days. Lunch and dinner menus feature pub classics and Scottish favourites. Families are very welcome. 10 big screens with SKY sports! Wines, spirits, chilled beers and over 30 malt whiskies. OPEN till midnight Sunday-Thursday and 1am Friday/Saturday. Regular entertainment. Back Walk, Stirling, FK8 2QA Tel: 01786 451063


THE CORN EXCHANGE Situated in the heart of Stirling’s

City Centre. Kitchen open from 11am till 9pm with great Scottish classics such as steak and ale pie, haggis, neeps and tatties, award winning fish and chips and lighter lunches. Newly refurbished outside area and lounge-style seating on the ground floor. Music at weekends includes the most upto-date dance and chart tunes with resident DJ. An extensive cocktail menu is also available. 11-13 Corn Exchange Road, Stirling, FK8 2HX. Telephone: 01786 451904




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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS STIRLING Located next to the Forthside’s Sports Village, close to The Peak Leisure Centre, Stirling Albion Football Club, cinema, shops, restaurants & Stirling’s many visitor attractions. Complimentary continental breakfast with hot items, free parking & free WiFi throughout the hotel makes this friendly hotel a great value option. Reservations on 0871 9021628 or visit Springkerse Business Park, Stirling. FK7 7XH


STIRLING OLD BRIDGE Was constructed sometime around 1500. The bridge was the lowest crossing point over the River Forth, all armies going north or south had to cross here. It was also the point where custom duties were levied on goods for market as they entered the burgh. The customs man sat in a little roofed booth situated halfway across the bridge; today this is marked by a recess.

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THE STIRLING WHISKY SHOP. Stirling’s largest stockist of Scotch Whisky, with 100 or more tasting bottles and knowledgeable staff who will find the perfect dram for you. Stirling Whisky Shop is a must on your visit. OPEN Daily Monday-Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm Sunday 11.00am-4.00pm 29 Spittal St Stirling, FK8 1DU Tel: 01786 449152

MR SIMMS OLDE SWEET SHOPPE. There’s nothing to beat a good old traditional sweet shop. Choose from 400 jars of “weigh out” sweets, along with 80 varieties of pick ‘n’ mix. Indulge in 50 different flavours of exclusively made chocolate bars, 40 flavours of fudges and 50 varieties of liquorice. A range of imported sweets and drinks from the USA adds to the selection. 59 Port St, Stirling, FK8 2EW. Tel: 01786 358812 28


At the Stirling Arcade, we’ve got everything you need for an enjoyable shopping experience a great mix of independent retailers and businesses offering quality products and friendly personal service. With its beautifully restored Victorian architecture and period features a visit to the arcade is an experience all of its own.

EUROPA MUSIC ‘Worth a visit to Stirling itself’ The List. Floor to ceiling music of all types; Scottish Folk, Rock, Pop, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Blues, Country etc. New and used Vinyl Records/CD’s and DVD’s to buy or exchange. The largest browsable vinyl record collection in Scotland. Also T-shirts, books and memorabilia. OPEN 7 days. 10 Friars St, Stirling. Europa Mobile Disco for all functions. Tel/Fax: 01786 448623

29 ‘STIRLING BAGPIPES’ A family run business based in Stirling’s old town. A well-known Scottish bagpipe maker specialising in manufacturing and refurbishing Great Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Smallpipes and Border Pipes including a large collection of Antique bagpipes. A wide range of piping/drumming accessories, bagpipe tune books, tutor books and CD’s. One-stop shop for pipe bands and pipers. 8 Broad Street FK8 1EF 10%OFF WITH THIS ADVERT Tel: 01786 448886



THE HISTORIC TRAIL Just follow the footprints on the map, which take you around the Old Town to all the places, buildings and sites of historic interest. What makes this trail different is that there are a series of information plaques at points of interest along the route which tell the fascinating stories, history and events from the past. We would suggest you allow an hour to one and a half hours to walk this route. (Map Ref: A,B & C, 1 to 3)

You can relax with a glass of wine whilst enjoying a freshly prepared meal or snack at one of the quality eateries. The shops offer the latest fashions, must have accessories, for all ages and brides to be, traditional and niche gifts with a range of services available which include beauty treatments, leisure and fitness or visit Stirling’s first oriental supermarket.


At Stirling Arcade traditional values combine with contemporary style to provide the city’s most unique shopping experience. OPENING TIMES: 7 days a week Mon - Sat: 8am ‘til late Sun: 10am ‘til late. Individual shop opening times may vary.

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THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY RUDE Is one of the finest medieval buildings in Scotland, its construction dating back to the early 15th century. James VI was crowned here in 1567 with John Knox preaching the sermon. The stained glass windows are among the best in Scotland while the Dreaper and Rushworth organ is one of the finest in the UK. OPEN daily from 1 May till 1 October. Sunday services January to June at 11.30am, July to December at 10am.

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A short walk through Dunblane’s past Dunblane Museum - well worth a visit. It is housed in the 1624 Deans House. Open April to October, Monday to Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm. TeL: 01786 825691 The Cross marks where the weekly markets & annual fairs were once held. Dunblane Cathedral C13th. Open 1 April to 30 September, Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm; and 1.30pm to 5.00pm (last admission). Sunday 2.00pm to 5.00pm (last admission). Winter: Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.00pm (last admission). Sunday 2.00pm to 4.00pm (last admission). Dunblane Cathedral is a working church so it may be closed for services. Telephone 01786 823388 The Medieval Bishop’s Palace - last inhabited in 1579. The Town’s Bleaching Green. The Town’s Meal Mill was located at the end of Mill Row. The Bridge built in 1410 and widened later, see the different stonework. Allanside House the large white building nearest the bridge, was an C18th worship place for the ‘Auld Lichts’, a breakaway religious sect. The Leighton Library is the oldest private library in Scotland, dating from 1687. It was built for the 1,500 books of Robert Leighton, Bishop of Dunblane (1661-1670). The number of books has now grown to 4,500, covering a wide range of topics printed from 1504-1840. Open May to end of September, Monday to Saturday, 11am-1pm and other times by arrangement with Tho. & J W Barty Tel: 01786 822296


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Explore Bridge of Allan

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Bridge of Allan Heritage Trail Around 1854 Robert Louis Stevenson was a frequent visitor to the town. (See Darn Road Walk below) A




In the 1830’s, Bridge of Allan consisted of an old-fashioned Mill and Kiln (at point A), a wayside inn, a smithy and a few hovel-looking huts. The success of the spa changed all this by 1868. At the Victorian Spa’s peak in the mid 1800’s, some 500 people per day would drink from the water that many believed cured a multitude of ailments. The main road through Bridge of Allan used to be a swamp! The original road can be reached by taking the footpath up the steps from the bridge behind Allanwater Café. You will find the Tollbar Stone along here which once controlled access to the bridge


Charles Rennie MacIntosh designed the splendid chancel suite of furniture in the Bridge of Allan Parish Church in 1904. The church is open from June-Sept, 10am – 4pm.


The Fountain of Ninevah was erected by Mayor and town planner John Henderson in 1850 in honour of Sir Austin Lanyard who had made important discoveries in Ninevah in Mesopotamia.



THE COMPLETE SCOTTISH WINE MERCHANT 900 Wines, 200 Whiskies, 99 Craft Beers & Artisan Spirits including 40 Gins. Join us for tastings and Masterclasses. Worldwide shipping & Tax Free available. Browse, buy & sign up for our newsletter at Or better still pop in: 2 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4HT. Tel: 01786 834 894. OPEN 7 DAYS.

ALLANWATER CAFÉ. Family run café for more than 100 years. It is famous for the Fish and Chips and the delicious home made Ice Cream, made daily on the premises. Gluten free fish and chips on Mondays. It is open for breakfast, lunch through to dinner. Take- away is also available. OPEN 7 days, all year 8am (9am Sun) to 9pm. 15 Henderson St. Bridge of Allan. FK9 4HN Tel: 01786 833060 DARN ROAD WALK. 4.5km (2.5 miles). Past the Allan Water Cafe onto Blairforkie Drive. Walk until you see the sign ‘Allan Walk’, then along this path, cross the wooden bridge at the bottom of the fields which takes you across the mouth of an old mine shaft. Follow the path down to the stream and cross the small bridge made of re-cycled plastic and stop and take in the view. Further along this path you will find ‘Stevensons Cave’ from where the inspiration for Treasure Island is said to have come. Cross over the pipe bridge and turn left downstream then follow the way marker uphill and over the railwaybridge then turn left. Walk past Milesy Bank schools and when you reach the main road turn left and follow the road back into town.


The Paterson Clock is a memorial to one of the town’s much loved characters, Alexander Paterson, who was the local doctor and a distinguished botanist and horticulturalist.

The Provost’s Lamp is now situated at the Cross. It would have originally been placed outside the home of the Provost.

ALLANWATER BREWHOUSE. Tours, tastings and welcoming award winning pub with live music events. Delicious aromas of hops and malt greet you. See cask conditioned real ales produced and bottled. Enjoy a free taste. Selection of 8 cask beers and ciders and a great atmosphere with wood burner and shelves groaning with beer bottles. Open daily Sun - Thu 12noon - 11pm, Fri & Sat 12noon Midnight Free car park. Behind the Queens Hotel in the main Street. Tel: 01786 834555. 34


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FALKIRK is a great town to visit, whether for shopping, eating out, exploring the heritage trail or visiting fantastic attractions such as the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House. There are many historical sites and relics to visit, including the impressive Antonine Wall, built by the Roman Army around AD142. Half of the wall, along with some ancient forts and fortlets, stretches 15 miles within the Falkirk council boundary. The Antonine Wall has recently been awarded ‘World Heritage’ status. Bo’ness, just 7 miles east of Falkirk, was Scotland’s largest town in the 17th century. Today, in addition to many independent shops, cafes and restaurants, Bo’ness is home to many great family attractions including the Bo’ness & Kinneil railway, motor museum, Blackness Castle & Kinneill House & Estate. Kinneil House is open on selected days (see for details), but the museum is open all year round and features 2000 years of local history. Kinneil Estate has several sites of interest including a Roman Fortlet, a medieval village, the Antonine Wall site and inventor James Watt’s cottage – it was here 38 he tested the prototypes of his revolutionary steam engine. 6 nction Road M9 Ju From angemouth r A904 G


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MENSTRIE CASTLE. Home to Clan MacAlister (anglicised to Alexander). Sir William Alexander established a Scottish colony in Nova Scotia, Canada, financing the project by selling baronetcies. The house was restored in 1964 & converted into flats leaving two ground floor rooms for a display area. OPEN Easter Sunday and 1 May to 30 Sept, Wed & Sun 2 to 5pm. For info Tel: 01259 211701. NTS. Signed off A91 in the village of Menstrie.

Remember to visit for the latest special offers in Stirling THE FAW KIRK (meaning “speckled church”). In the passing of time the town’s name changed to ‘Falkirk’ as we know it. The only two known graves of the Scottish Wars of Independence are here. Sir John de Graeme, William Wallace’s right hand man at the 1298 Battle of Falkirk. Also graves from the 1746 Jacobite Battle of Falkirk Muir when Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army defeated a government army. 40

CASTLE CAMPBELL. The home of the Campbell family who acquired it around 1466 and were there until 1654. It is situated in a spectacular location above Dollar Glen. The castle was added to in around 1600 by the 7th Earl. John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots both visited the castle. OPEN 1st April - 30th Sept 9.30 - 5.30pm. 1st Oct - 31st March Sat - Wed 9.30 - 4.30pm. Closed Thurs & Fri Tel: 01259 216913


THE PINEAPPLE (NTS): Built in 1761, ‘The Pineapple’ stands 14m (45ft) high with the realistic effect of leaves & fruit produced by the cantilever masonry. Four stone vases disguise the chimneys. Greenhouses extend east and west from the central portico. Enjoy a peaceful walk around the former curling and dipping pond and surrounding woodland. OPEN: All year, 9.30 to sunset, daily. Off A905, 7 mls E of Stirling. FK2 8LU. Tel: 01383 880359.


SAUCHIE TOWER. It is thought that Sir James Schaw built the tower around 1431 his family were very influential in medieval Scotland. The original tower had six stories and an outer wall on at least two sides. A turnpike stair gave access to all stories with an unusual pyramidal roof. The tower is only open for special guided tours during Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open Days in September. For infoTel: 01259 216913. On the A908 near Sauchie.

CLACKMANNAN TOWER. The lands were granted by King David II (son of King Robert the Bruce) to Robert de Bruce in 1365. The last of that line died in 1772. The main surviving part of the castle is the tower house which dates from the late 14thC. Access to the outside only, with superb views over the Forth valley & the Orchil Hills. Turn off the A907 into Clackmannan village, approx 300m walk up High Street, opposite the Clackmannan’s Tolbooth. (For ALLOA TOWER 5 see Page 1)




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