The Allanwater Cafe, Bridge of Allan, Stirling from Stirlingonvideo.co.uk
Allanwater Cafe
The Westerton Arms Bridge of Allan pub and restaurant
Westerton Arms
 
Vecchia Bologna italian restaurant in Bridge of Allan
Vecchia Bologna
 
Heart of Glass in Bridge of Allan
Heart of Glass
No 1 Stanley House, self catering accommodation in Bridgge of Allan, 2 miles from Stirling from stirlingonvideo.co.uk
No.1 Stanley House
coneyhill lodge self catering accommodation bridge of allan, stirling
Coneyhill Lodge
 
The Inverallan Lodge in Bridge of Allan
Inverallan Lodge
 
Ranas Indian Restaurant in Bridge of Allan
Ranas Indian
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Bridge of Allan. A shopping, eating and walking day out in central Scotland.

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 mineral water from 1820
Bridge of Allan Mineral Water, 1820.
Bridge of Allan mineral water ingredients from 1820
Mineral Water ingredients listed on rear.
Above images represent the only known remaining bottle of Bridge of Allan Mineral water. During the Victoria era, people would travel from many areas to Bridge of Allan to "take the waters".

This last remaining bottle can be viewed at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery on Dumbarton Road in Stirling. Today visitors to Bridge of Allan can still enjoy a nice lunch or dinner in the still recogniseable pump house seen on the bottle. It's currently a family-run Italian restaurant called Vecchia Bologna, run by Claudio Menichetti and his family.

This Victorian village 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, used by Drumbrae riding centre.

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. Some of the businesses are featured on www.bridgeofallan.com

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.

Bridge of Allan has an active business group called the Bridge of Allan Merchants Association. This volunteer group organises various events and tasks itself to carry out the marketing and promotion of Bridge of Allan as a shopping and eating destination for visitors from Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad.

For more information about Bridge of Allan, visit the official Facebook page, featuring the local businesses or visit www.bridgeofallan.com

View of Bridge of Allan in the snow, about 1 mile from the William Wallace monument that can be seen on the photo