East of Stirling

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East of Stirling by Hillfoots to Dollar

This drive will take you eastwards along the hillfoots of the Ochils to the east and Dollar. The route is of course a general guide which you don’t have to stick to too rigorously

Take the A9 exit north from Stirling, crossing the new (1833) road bridge, with the 15th century Old Bridge (now pedestrianised - floodlit at night) on your left. (Parking round the corner beyond the left  filter at traffic lights). mapeast.GIF (29121 bytes)

Causewayhead Road leads towards the Wallace Monument and is signposted at the roundabout.
Approximately 1/2 mile up the road, the car park for the monument is on the right. The monument to William Wallace, the hero of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, is reached by a steep wooded walk to the cliff top from where it is suggested he planned the battle. A shuttle bus, the ‘Monument Climber', leaves every 10 minutes during the summer season.

Leave the monument car park and turn right and in 1/4 mile, turn left into the rear entrance of the University of Stirling. Drive to one of the several designated car parking areas. Walking through the wooded and landscaped grounds and around the Airthrey Loch is encouraged.

Retrace route to public highway and turn left. In just under a mile turn left at the sign to Logie Kirk. Leave vehicle in car park. Walk to Logie Kirk and beyond to Logie Old Church, now in ruins. Burial ground of the Grahams and other interesting old gravestones. From the car park a hill walk to Dumyat, height 419m. Not signposted but follow track along the south and east walls of the Logie Kirk churchyard. Allow at least 2 hours for the walk in good weather conditions. At the junction with the A9l turn left and pass the village of Blairlogie. Car park beyond the village with restricted headroom - 2 metres. Walk back to the village along roadside footpath or take field path at rear of car park. left for village, right for hill walk to Dumyat. Depart left from car park to Menstrie.

In centre of village, signpost to Menstrie Castle is on the right. Birthplace of Sir William Alexander with Nova Scotia Room displays - (limited opening times) Rejoin A91 to right towards Alva.

On entering Alva pass the Cochrane Park and left into Mill Trail Visitor Centre, with exhibition, A/V presentation, Tourist Information Centre, shop, refreshments, toilets, bureau de change and designer outlet. left from car park to village centre. Signpost left to Alva Glen, wooded walk. Return cas-cam-dollr.JPG (15243 bytes)to main road and left through village. Several mill shops on right. At east edge of village access on left to Woodland Country Park with walks, play equipment, picnic area and information panel. Regain main mad and continue east to Tillicoultry. Signpost to Mill Glen hill walk on left

Continue through village eastwards to Dollar. In the  village centre, signpost and road on left to Dollar Glen and Castle Campbell. The castle built in the late 15th century. Follow signs to car parks up a steep road and then walk to the castle. Return route back to main road. At this point return along A91 towards Stirling. In approximately 2 miles a small parking area, on a bend, gives access to Devon Way, a level walk along a disused railway linking Dollar - Tillicoultry. Picnic tables and information panel. Continue towards Stirling but in Tillicoultry turn left at sign indicating Mill Trail/ Alloa /Gartmorn Dam. In 1/4 mile on left is Sterling Warehouse (furniture/garden centre/restaurant/designer retail park) reputed to be the largest furniture store in Britain. Continue through the villages of Devonside, Benview, Devon Village, Fishcross and Sauchie. In the centre of Sauchie, just past pedestrian lights, turn left through housing estate to Gartmorn Dam Country Park. Drive slowly - the road has 20 ‘sleeping policemen’. alloatwr.JPG (7290 bytes)Country park has visitor centre, ranger service, permit fishing, toilets, lochside walks etc. Return to main road and left towards Alloa. At roundabout take 2nd exit (B909) and follow signs to Kincardine Bridge/Clackmannan A907. In Clackmannan village, park and view Mercat Cross, Tolbooth, Standing Stone and walk along north side of churchyard wall to Clackinannan Tower once the residence of the Bruce family. No internal access. Retrace route to Alloa. At roundabout take 3rd exit towards town centre passing former Alloa Brewery on the right. At large roundabout follow signs to Alloa Tower - 2nd exit (1st exit from Clackmannan). The ancestral home for four centuries of the Earls of Mar. Recently restored and opened to the public. Retrace route to roundabout and follow signs A907 to Stirling. At the foot of the Abbey Craig (Wallace Monument on summit) sign indicates left to Cambuskenneth Abbey. 1 mile to village and ruined Abbey at end of mad. An Augustinian Abbey founded by King David!. Within the grounds are buried James III and his queen Princess Margaret of Denmark.

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