Just across the Firth of Forth is Scotland’s smallest county of Clackmannanshire, known as ‘The Wee County’. The floral ‘hillfoots’ villages, Alva, Tillicoultry and Dollar, await you with their tower houses, castles, woollen mills and beautiful parks, with the majestic Ochil Hills as a backdrop to the north.
Cut through with deep glens, the Ochils offer many beautiful walks. One of the most popular is the climb to the summit of Dumyat, near Menstrie. At the other end of the range Dollar Glen is a romantic wooded valley through a narrow gorge. Perched about it is Castle Campbell, a 15th Century stronghold of the powerful Clan Campbell.
The Hillfoots are famous for changing weaving from a cottage industry to an industrial process, and at one time the area was home to the second most important weaving centre in Scotland. Dollar Museum picks up the thread of the story as it spins the tale of the village, while Menstrie Castle dates back to the 16th century. Even older, take a look at the recently restored Alloa Tower, a 14th century tower house with its tremendous 11ft thick walls.
Take a look at our flickr page for images of Clackmannanshire.