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January
Buchlyvie 10K
Callander Craggs Winter Hill Race

June
Doune The Rabbit Hole

July
Stirling Highland Games

August
Falconry Through the Ages
Falkirk Highland Games
Play in the Park
The 156th Bridge of Allan Highland Games
The Old Town Jail Victorian Extravaganza

September
Castle of Magic
Kinneil Heritage Fair
Scottish Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society Annual Flower Show

October
Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

November
Guy Fawkes - Magical Music & Fireworks

December
Christmas Shopping Fayre
Stirling Hogmanay

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It is in Stirlingshire that Scottish history was shaped by victory, defeat and the shedding of blood. A bastion of Scottish patriotism whose serene vistas, clothed in verdure, bely a past troubled by territorial squabble. Historically; Picts, Scots, Northumbrian , and Cumbrian Britons, all at one point exerted control over the area. From further afield, the Romans , led by Julius Agricola took their turn to invade, and as part of the Empire’s plans to subjugate the northern Scots, a road from Camelon (outside Falkirk ) was constructed. The Antonine Wall runs through parts of Stirlingshire, and the area was littered by coins, weapons and other relics when the Romans were eventually expelled.

A drive through this pristine county will explain what all the fuss was about. Based around the city of Stirling – the country’s smallest city, the area has a patriotic verve, a pride generated from the diverse natural landscapes; from mountains to pastoral land, lochs and rivers and all in between. Bordered by; Perthshire , Clackmannanshire, Lanarkshire , West Lothian and Dunbartonshire, the county is central to Scotland. And its attractions are spread generously across its land. Perhaps it’s apt to discover Stirlingshire from the historic city that gives it its name, and shaped the both county and country’s future.

The Church Of The Holy Rude and Stirling Castle are two buildings that really define Stirling. The former was where the coronation of the infant King James VI took place. His mother, Mary Queen Of Scots was crowned in the nearby Stirling Castle, which sits on the sheer cliffs of Castle Hill, a natural defensive position that was greatly needed; for the castle would find itself under seige through history. The Wallace Monument in Stirling pays tribute to one of Scotland’s most celebrated heroes. The tower assembled at the top of Abbey Craig was built in the late 19th century, offering panoramic views of the Ochil Hills , the Forth Valley and ruddy faced visitors walking up the steep approach to the monument.

Although William Wallace would have had a more convincing accent than Mel Gibson, in 1995 Braveheart introduced Wallace to to the world via the silver screen. In the thirteenth century, Wallace was introducing himself to the armies of Edward I with claymore and shield in hand. Nowadays, visitors are afforded a warmer welcome; the only battle they’ll face is deciding what to do.

Stirlingshire is studded with small towns all with a unique and quieting allure. It has Scotland’s first national park; Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a park whose 700 square miles are jewelled by over 20 pristine lochs, and the Lake Of Monteith, Scotland’s only lake, immortalized in verse by Sir Walter Scott . The county’s reaches are easily accessible without too much time spent behind the wheel. With Loch Lomond, to the west of the county, caters for all; golf, fishing walking and shopping are all available by its bonnie banks, and it is a wonderful gateway to the county. Loch Lomond Shores, on the loch’s western bank, provides all the creature comforts, while the eastern bank, including the towns of Balmaha and Rowardennan, has a less cultivated feel.

Stirlingshire has three main rivers flowing through it; the Carron, the Endrick and the Forth. The Carron and the Endrick’s waters stream from the broad-shouldered heights of the Campsies. Falkirk is a town that owes its existence to the waterways that help establish it as an iron casting heartland at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution , where Forth and Clyde and Union Canals allowed it to service, and be serviced, by the east and west of Scotland. Now the canal’s junction attracts visitors to the Falkirk Wheel. The world’s first rotary boat lift, it lifts and carries boats from one waterway to another, a spectacular triumph in engineering. Stirlingshire has many stories to tell, and a great many bookshelves have creaked under the strain of tomes chronicling the discord, the tragedy and the triumph of the area and its peoples through time. But really, its story is told best by the area itself; where castles, churches, towns and villages await visitors amongst the unspoiled settings that knit the country’s history together.

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