to Edinburgh. STIRLING. 68. Route. 535
the N. side of which the road runs for 4 M. To the left rises Ben
Ledi (see below). At the E. end of the loch was Coilantogle Ford,
the scene of the combat between Fitzjames and Roderick Dhu. On
a hill to the left, shortly before we reach (2 M.) Callander, is a
curiously perched boulder known as 'Samson's Putting Stone'.
Callander (Dreadnought; Ancaster Arms; Caledonian Temper¬
ance, pens. 8s. 9d.; Hydropathic), a favourite centre of Highland
tourists, is picturesquely situated on the Teith.
Those who have not time to take the tour mentioned at p. 543
should at least walk or drive (one-horse carr. there and back 6-7s.) through
the picturesque Pass of Leny to (3l/2 M.) "Loch Lubnaig (comp. p. 543).
Tolerable walkers should extend this excursion to Strathyre, 5>/2 M. farther
on, beyond the head of the lake, and return thence by train.
About IV2 M. to the N. of Callander are the Falls of Bracklin, in a
romantic wooded gorge. On the way from the station to the village we
take the first cross-road to the right and ascend by a rough cart-track
to (1 min.) a small wood. The indistinct footpath skirts this to the right
and leads along the hillside to (S min.) a wall, which we cross. We con¬
tinue in the same direction (E.) to (8 min.) a deep hollow, and then de¬
scend to (2-3 min.) the falls. We cross the little wooden bridge and ex¬
plore the pretty points of view on the opposite bank. — Callander is the
usual starting point for an ascent of Ben Ledi (2875 ft.; 2V2-3 hrs.; ""View).
From Callander we continue our journey by railway. To the right,
at (8M.)Doune (Woodside), is a picturesque ruined castle. — 11M.
Dunblane (Stirling Arms; *Hydropathic) has an E.E. *Cathedral
(13th cent.), with a Norman tower, restored in 1892 and now used
as the parish-church (adm. 3d.). Pleasant walk through Kippenross
Park to Bridge-of-Allan. A little to the W. of Dunblane is the
field of Sheriffmuir (battle 1715). — 13 M. Bridge-of-Allan (Royal;
Queen's, pens, from 5s.; Hydropathic, pens, from 7s. 6d.), an inland
watering-place, with mineral springs, famed for its mild climate,
16 M. Stirling (*Golden Lion, King St., l/t M. from the station,
R. 4s.; Royal; Lennox; Waverley, R. or D. from 2s. Qd., temperance),
an ancient town with 18,400 inhab., is situated on the Forth, 35 M.
above Edinburgh, and was formerly a favourite residence of the
Scottish sovereigns. The picturesque and venerable * Castle is
situated upon a lofty height resembling the castle-rock of Edin¬
burgh. On the Esplanade is a Statue of Robert Bruce.
Stirling Castle plays a prominent part in Scottish history. In 1304 it
was taken by Edward I. of England after a siege of three months, but it
was retaken by Bruce ten years later, after Bannockburn. James II. (1430)
and James V. (1512) were born in the castle; and here, in 1452, James II.
stabbed the rebellious Earl of Douglas.
We first enter the Lower Court (guide, 6d. each, unnecessary), in which,
to the left, stands the Gothic Palace of James V. (16th cent.). Thence we
pass into the Upper Court, on the E. side of which stands the Parliament
House, and on the N. the Chapel Royal. The passage to the left of the
latter leads to the Douglas Gardens, whence a flight of steps ascends to
the Douglas Room, the scene of the above-mentioned tragedy. Good views
are obtained from the garden-wall behind the governor's house: to the
extreme left (W.) Ben Lomond, then Ben Venue, Ben Ledi, and Ben Voir-
lich; to the N. and E. the Ochils; nearer, Bridge of Allan, the Abbey
Craig and Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey, and the 'Links of
Forth'; to the S., Bannockburn.J