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Trossachs & Stirling | Upland

“Did the Earth shoogle for you?” In the village of Comrie, or in Aberfoyle, or some of the other communities that sit where Lowlands meet Highlands in the middle of Scotland, the question isn’t necessarily a romantic one.

Or daft. The Highland Boundary Fault  can make the ground move, from time to time, here in the Loch Lomond  and the Trossachs National Park. The faultline is so clear it shows up like something drawn along a giant’s ruler, if you look at satellite images of Scotland.

It shows up on maps, too, because of the huge differences in the rocks and the ground to the north and south of it. The Highland Boundary Fault runs across Scotland from Arran in the west to Stonehaven in the east. Along the way, it goes through places such as the southern islands of Loch Lomond and Conic Hill , overlooking the bonny banks and waters of the loch from above its eastern shore.

Wildlife

Bog Rosemary

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
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Comrie & Earthquakes

Other

Comrie, more than anywhere, knows about those occasional stirrings of geological action. Once known as ‘The Shaky Town’, the village is bang-on the faultline. It’s the earthquake capital of Scotland. Records of tremors in Comrie go back to 1597, when a quake was felt across Perthshire. In 1789...
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Wildlife

Dragonflies

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
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Environment

Flanders Moss

Environment

As an eagle, or any bird, flies to the west over the Carse of Stirling, the town and castle are only a few wing beats from the big, broad, fertile flatlands that straddle the Forth and its feeders, north of the Touch, Gargunnock and the Fintry Hills and the Campsies and south of the Highland Boundar...
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Culture

John Damian

Culture

There are many other fascinating people linked to Stirling Castle’s history. Among those is John Damian de Falcuis. Damian was an alchemist - a kind of early chemist - who found favour at the court of King James IV by promising to turn base metals into gold. Not content with attempting the impossi...
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Wildlife

Labrador Tea

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
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Wildlife

Pink Footed Geese

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
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Culture

Rob Roy McGregor

Culture

One man with a keen eye for cattle and a foot in both the Highlands and Lowlands in these parts was Robert Macgregor. Better known as Rob Roy (the ‘Roy’ an version of the Gaelic ‘Ruadh’ which described his red hair), he was born in 1671 at Glen Gyle on Loch Katrine. An educated man,...
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Culture

Robert The Bruce

Culture

The crossing of the River Forth at Stirling could be tricky for troops. One of Scotland’s greatest resistance fighters, William Wallace, turned that to major advantage in the early part of the Scottish War of Independence. Born around 1270, by the end of that century Wallace had become a leader of...
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Wildlife

Roe Deer

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
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Culture

Sir Walter Scott

Culture

Sir Walter Scott’s epic, romantic poem ‘The Lady of Lake’, written in 1810 is set in the Trossachs - the area roughly from Loch Earn and Callander in the east to Loch Lomond in the west. It sold 25,000 copies in the first eight months - a staggering figure for a work of poetry. Sir Wa...
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Culture

Stirling Castle

Culture

Stirling and its castle seems clamped to a rock that rises like an island above the flatlands of the Carse of Stirling beyond it. From here, you can look west along the Carse and the line of the Menteith Hills to see Trossachs peaks and Ben Lomond in the distance. There are wide views in other direc...
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Environment

The Carse of Stirling

Environment

Stirling and its castle seems clamped to a rock that rises like an island above the flatlands of the Carse of Stirling beyond it. From here, you can look west along the Carse and the line of the Menteith Hills to see Trossachs peaks and Ben Lomond in the distance. There are wide views in other direc...
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Culture

The Drovers & The Trysts

Culture

In centuries past, drovers would bring herds of black cattle from far-off parts of the Highlands and Islands to be traded at markets near the faultline. These ‘trysts’, where Highland cattle by the bellowing thousands were bought by southern dealers, were among the most colourful gatherings in S...
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Environment

The Highland Boundary Fault Line

Environment

The Highland Boundary Fault can make the ground move, from time to time, here in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The faultline is so clear it shows up like something drawn along a giant’s ruler, if you look at satellite images of Scotland. It shows up on maps, too, because of the ...
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Culture

William Wallace

Culture

The crossing of the River Forth at Stirling could be tricky for troops. One of Scotland’s greatest resistance fighters, William Wallace, turned that to major advantage in the early part of the Scottish War of Independence. Born around 1270, by the end of that century Wallace had become a leader of...
More information
Wildlife

Bog Rosemary

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
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Wildlife

Dragonflies

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
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Wildlife

Labrador Tea

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
More information
Wildlife

Pink Footed Geese

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
More information
Wildlife

Roe Deer

Wildlife

The largest bog of its kind in Britain - Flanders Moss - sits in soggy splendour in a section of the western part of the Carse, between Thornhill and Aberfoyle. It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, such as different kinds of dragonflies, roe deer and thousands of pink-footed geese that come here f...
More information
Environment

Flanders Moss

Environment

As an eagle, or any bird, flies to the west over the Carse of Stirling, the town and castle are only a few wing beats from the big, broad, fertile flatlands that straddle the Forth and its feeders, north of the Touch, Gargunnock and the Fintry Hills and the Campsies and south of the Highland Boundar...
More information
Environment

The Carse of Stirling

Environment

Stirling and its castle seems clamped to a rock that rises like an island above the flatlands of the Carse of Stirling beyond it. From here, you can look west along the Carse and the line of the Menteith Hills to see Trossachs peaks and Ben Lomond in the distance. There are wide views in other direc...
More information
Environment

The Highland Boundary Fault Line

Environment

The Highland Boundary Fault can make the ground move, from time to time, here in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The faultline is so clear it shows up like something drawn along a giant’s ruler, if you look at satellite images of Scotland. It shows up on maps, too, because of the ...
More information
Culture

John Damian

Culture

There are many other fascinating people linked to Stirling Castle’s history. Among those is John Damian de Falcuis. Damian was an alchemist - a kind of early chemist - who found favour at the court of King James IV by promising to turn base metals into gold. Not content with attempting the impossi...
More information
Culture

Rob Roy McGregor

Culture

One man with a keen eye for cattle and a foot in both the Highlands and Lowlands in these parts was Robert Macgregor. Better known as Rob Roy (the ‘Roy’ an version of the Gaelic ‘Ruadh’ which described his red hair), he was born in 1671 at Glen Gyle on Loch Katrine. An educated man,...
More information
Culture

Robert The Bruce

Culture

The crossing of the River Forth at Stirling could be tricky for troops. One of Scotland’s greatest resistance fighters, William Wallace, turned that to major advantage in the early part of the Scottish War of Independence. Born around 1270, by the end of that century Wallace had become a leader of...
More information
Culture

Sir Walter Scott

Culture

Sir Walter Scott’s epic, romantic poem ‘The Lady of Lake’, written in 1810 is set in the Trossachs - the area roughly from Loch Earn and Callander in the east to Loch Lomond in the west. It sold 25,000 copies in the first eight months - a staggering figure for a work of poetry. Sir Wa...
More information
Culture

Stirling Castle

Culture

Stirling and its castle seems clamped to a rock that rises like an island above the flatlands of the Carse of Stirling beyond it. From here, you can look west along the Carse and the line of the Menteith Hills to see Trossachs peaks and Ben Lomond in the distance. There are wide views in other direc...
More information
Culture

The Drovers & The Trysts

Culture

In centuries past, drovers would bring herds of black cattle from far-off parts of the Highlands and Islands to be traded at markets near the faultline. These ‘trysts’, where Highland cattle by the bellowing thousands were bought by southern dealers, were among the most colourful gatherings in S...
More information
Culture

William Wallace

Culture

The crossing of the River Forth at Stirling could be tricky for troops. One of Scotland’s greatest resistance fighters, William Wallace, turned that to major advantage in the early part of the Scottish War of Independence. Born around 1270, by the end of that century Wallace had become a leader of...
More information
Other

Comrie & Earthquakes

Other

Comrie, more than anywhere, knows about those occasional stirrings of geological action. Once known as ‘The Shaky Town’, the village is bang-on the faultline. It’s the earthquake capital of Scotland. Records of tremors in Comrie go back to 1597, when a quake was felt across Perthshire. In 1789...
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