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Ochils on fire

On 4th June 2012 there were thousands of beacons lit to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. On the Ochils highest hill, Dumyat, its beacon was lit later than the others so a complete Ochil Panorama¬†of all beacons alight was¬†not possible. However beacons above Alva, Tillicoultry and Dollar were ablaze and visible. Continue reading Ochils on fire

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Spring from Gartmorn dam

Gartmorn dam was constructed in 1713 by Sir John Erskine (6th Earl of Mar) to power the pumps which drained his coal mines. It’s industry has given way to mother nature and become a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Particularly for migrating wildfowl, now¬†Scotland’s oldest water reservoir. Continue reading Spring from Gartmorn dam

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Overlooking Stirling

A quick walk up the Ochils that overlook Stirling. Well worth the time¬†spent to get there and rewards the mild¬†effort with great views from the Forth bridges (soon to be a trio) in the east to Ben Lomond in the west. The Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle were built upon “crag and tails” for strategic reasons. Continue reading Overlooking Stirling