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in Clackmannanshire is dominated by the superb Ochil Hills or
River Forth. Alloa was one of Britain's first industrial towns,
with a rich and accessible supply of natural resources from her
neighbouring towns: coal and silver mines, water (for power),
arable land. These primary reasources where essential for providing
local prosperity, supplying input for textile mills, brewing and
Here are some facts about Clackmannanshire:
Clackmannanshire measures only 10 miles north to south
and 11 miles east to west, covering a total of just 60 square
miles making it Scotland's smallest county.
Following the birth of her son, Mary Queen of Scots escaped
to Alloa Tower, Clackmannanshire, amid feared for their safety.
She had also spent some of her childhood there and the chair can
still be seen in the tower.
Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns wrote The Banks
of the Devon and Fairest Maid on Devon Banks at Tillicoultry in
The glen near the Clackmannanshire town of Alva was used
to mine silver and is still called the 'Silver Glen'.
The Scottish author Iain Banks says the Clackmannanshire
landscape was the inspiration for his novel 'A Song of Stone'.
Clackmannanshire is one of the few British counties that
teaches children to read using the system known as 'synthetic
phonics'. A seven-year study showed that, on average, these children
were three and a half years ahead of their chronological age when
it came to word recognition and reading ability.
The Dollar Academy in Clackmannanshire is Scotland's oldest
boarding school. Former pupils include BBC Gaza correspondent
Alan Johnston and Sir James Dewar, the inventor of the vacuum
The Gartmore Dam, Scotland's oldest artificial reservoir
near Sauchie, is now also a nature reserve.
Former Liverpool footballer Alan Hansen, now also known
for his television punditry on the BBC, was born in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
Here are just
some places to visit in and around Clackmannanshire:
29 Primrose Street
Alloa Clackmannanshire FK10 1JJ
Long Row, Menstrie,