|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
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.