Bridge of Allan
Bridge of Allan is one of Stirling's hidden gems. This historic Spa Town is highly recommended as a place to visit on any trip to this area, and is less than 3 miles from Stirling City Centre
Bridge of Allan is a charming little village by the Allan Water. It is home to Stirling University and is overlooked by the National Wallace Monument, a towering tribute to Scotland’s, Sir William Wallace, and within sight of Stirling’s cliff-top castle. The village with its fine Victorian buildings and unique shops has a long standing reputation as a popular holiday destination and has much to offer visitors. Come and discover Bridge of Allan.
Bridge of Allan is situated less than three miles from the centre of Stirling. On the Ochil Hills, above the town, copper was mined as early as the 16th century and at intervals thereafter right up to 1807. The main audit (entrance shaft) of the mine can still be seen today in the woodlands - the backdrop of the village.
There are a range of short walks, shops and cafes, restaurants and bars as well as a wide range of Victorian architecture built when the village developed into a spa town during the Victorian era.
A charming riverside pathway called the Darn Walk, is thought to have been in use since Roman Times. This three mile walk to Dunblane follows the river and brings you out at Dunblane Golf Course. It is strongly associated with Robert Louis Stevenson, who included the route as part of his adventure novel Kidnapped. A small cave on route by the river bank is also linked with him and, some say, was the origin of Ben Gunn’s cave in Treasure Island.
Bridge of Allan has a railway station and is easily reached by train, bus or car from Stirling. There is also a map in the centre displaying the layout of the town and the walks.