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Stirling and St. Andrews
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Follow the A91 from Stirling to Dollar along the hillfoots of the Ochil hills. Traditional Mill towns (more Later), passing through Menstrie, Alva and Tillicoultry. There are plenty of opportunities to go walking on the Ochils. If you are feeling brave try paragliding at Alva.

BlairlogieAttraction Blairlogie Pretty village cuddling into the side of the ochil hills. Better to walk than take the car. Ruinous Logie Kirk nearby with historical gravestones

PuddleducksRestaurants, Cafes, etc. Puddleducks if you like gardens, stop here. Hidden behind this famous tea shop incredible maze of interconnecting paths meander through this pleasant wooded area with well kept and unusual herbaceous borders. Buy some plants and of course have some home made scones.

Blairmains Farm Shop and Coffee BothyRestaurants, Cafes, etc. Blairmains Farm Shop and Coffee Bothy
You must visit the recently opened farm shop promoting all that is best in fresh local produce. Watch out for Jolly Johnís Banana tree. Try one of Margaretís coffee recipes with the best of home baking. 01259 761338 Excellent farm B&B.

Menstrie CastleHistory and Culture Menstrie Castle Our vote for one of the most unlikely house conversions. Early castle converted to houses within modern local authority housing estate. Small exhibition area about Alexander of Nova Scotia.

Gartmorn Dam Park, SauchieParksGartmorn Dam Park, Sauchie
Tucked away behind a local housing estate, this is a rare find for fishermen, horseriders and walkers. An excellent example of Scottish skills in changing and adapting our natural resources to suit the circumstances of the day. 18th century engineers harnessed water in the dam to power the industrial revolution - modern day conservationists have reclaimed the dam and surrounding woodland for birds, wildfouL and wild animals such as hares, deers and foxes - you may even see a red squirrel. A real haven if you can cope with the sleeping policemen bumps on the way up. Friendly, helpful Park Rangers will give you all the Local information you need - theyíll maybe even give you some secret angling tips!! 01259 214319. Ever wanted to Learn Ceilidh and Scottish Country Dances, well, phone Anita McKenzie at Independent Video Productions she has mail order instructional videos on jigs, reels and strathspeys - very entertaining and really easy to follow - no excuses at the next wedding reception! 01259 724169.

Alva GlenAttraction Alva Glen Entrance carefully hidden behind old mill now fabrication yard. Park the car and enter another world of mixed woodland walks laced with rhododendrons and Laurel bushes. Secret waterfall marks the trail towards one of three dams - watch out for the swans or even deer. At the east end of the town a steeply rising road takes you to the Woodland Park. Leave the car, visit the craft shop or have a picnic. Get ready to take your backpack and explore. Wild flowers and sheep abound. You might even see hawks soaring above searching for their prey. For the adventurous, try paragliding or there is an excellent Equestrian Centre in the valley towards Fishcross. On the way pass the Ochilvate Alva Glen Mill Shop huge collection of fine first quality knitwear in classic styles and wonderful colours direct from the mill or visit the seconds shop nearby for real bargains at Berryfleld Mill 01259 762825. Look for Inverallan Handknitters tucked away in the industrial estate - informal base for 2,000 skilled home knitters exporting all over the world. Mail order traditional and modern styles hand knitted to order. Perhaps you may see something extra special from their stock 01259 762292.

Mill Trail Centre, AlvaAttraction Mill Trail Centre, Alva Exhibition centre, cafe and tourist information point 01259 769696 where you can imagine life as a spinner or weaver in the days of minimal mechanisation. Incredibly detailed work born of long days, cramped conditions and amazing perseverance. Follow the colourful story of the knitwear industry as the invention of steam power and mechanical looms allowed faster production. Once the most important area for manufacturing the Tartans and garments which could be bought throughout the world, many of the original mills have been closed, fortunately the expertise lives on in the locally. Cochrane Park is nearby, plenty to do for the kids including a boating pond and putting green while Mum goes to D&M Fashions to look at the interesting range of garments, some at bargain prices 01259 761999. Try the specials and steaks at the Boulevard Bistro in the main street - open till Late, 01259 769979.

Clock Mill, TillicoultryParks Clock Mill, Tillicoultry Converted Mill, now a business centre. Carry on up the Glens above Alva and Tillicoultry - great place to start exploring the Ochils. Easy trails to follow alongside the fast flowing burns that used to power the mills. If you have a spare Clock Mill, Tillicoultry hour, walk up to the dam - the views from the steps down into the gorge are incredible. Pass the quarry and lionís den on the way back. You might even be lucky and find some silver from the old mines. Very easy and pleasant walk or cycle along the Devon Way to Dollar. Perhaps even try your luck at the dry ski slope. Special occasion and need to hire a kilt go to the Daiglen Kiltmakers in Stirling St. 01259 750440 - huge selection to choose from.

Sterling and Designer OutletsAttraction Sterling and Designer Outlets Ever growing number of brand name designer factory outlets - easy to find, easy to park, easy to buy. Across the road, Sterling and Designer Outlets Sterling furniture warehouse (largest in Scotland) for those who are seeking a rest from the mill trail or want a place to go on a wet day. Everything for the home and garden. Come at the right time and you could well pick up a bargain - you will certainly pick up a few design ideas, Butterfly restaurant is a firm favourite.

DollarAttraction Dollar Look out for scores of well turned out students from this excellent Academy with imposing doric columns flanked by manicured playing fields. Much of the town is given over to serving the school. Try Nesbits Deli for sandwiches or nip into Annstrongs for a cup of tea or perhaps Lees for a chinese carry out if you are in a hurry. The Strathallan is a great local pub - full of character as well as characters. The Castle Campbell Hotel is on the main street and offers good pub food 01259 742519 as does the King Seat along the main street.

Castle Campbell History and Culture Castle Campbell Approach up an incredibly steep and twisty road, ideal for keeping out unwelcome visitors. Walk along the path from the car park and admire the spectacular views over the valley from this imposing castle precariously perched on the side of Gloom hill. Terrific garden.

Parks Dollar Glen
Walk passed the river - best in spring with the Cherry blossom, climb up past the Wooded glen with some of the most picturesque views in the Ochils. Pass Dollar Museum in the High Street on your way up. Wander round the village exhibits 01259 742895. Golf Club adjacent 01259 742400.

The Inn at MuckhartRestaurants, Cafes, etc. The Inn at Muckhart Traditional village pub serving real local ale brewed at the Mansfield Arms in Sauchie. Hearty pub food available all day. Muckhart golf club is a very pleasant course nearby.

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