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Central Scotland
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As well as the country’s two largest cities, the populous central area of Scotland is home to many other places of historic, scenic and general interest. Almost anywhere is within easy excursion distance of either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Despite the urban nature of much of this area, attractive countryside is never far away. In the west are the Firth of Clyde and the Dunoon Peninsula, to the northwest lies Loch Lomond, and to the east are the small towns, villages and rugged coastline of the former county of Berwickshire.


The large Stirling Castle sits dramatically atop a volcanic promontory above the town. The nearby Wallace Monument dominates the surrounding countryside. In the town centre is the Old Town Gaol, while nearby are the battlefields of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn, where William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace and Robert Bruce inflicted humiliating defeats on the English in the late-13th and early-14th centuries.


The little cathedral city of Dunblane, Doune Castle and Callander, site of the Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre, Blair Drummond Safari Park are all well worth visiting.
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tourist board for Central Scotland