Clackmannanshire is fast developing a reputation as the artistic centre of Scotland – both geographically and intellectually. Nestled between the Ochil Hills and the majestic River Forth, within only an hours travel of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Clackmannanshire can inspire and enchant in equal measures.
The area is indelibly linked with the distinctive public art work of international sculptor Andy Scott. These figurative works were designed with the support and input of the local people, the installation of six of Andy’s sculptures in such close proximity is an unprecedented concentration of his work.
The county town of Alloa hosts a “makers’ village” of craftspeople and an artistic tradition closely linked to the area’s glass making heritage. Cafés, independent shops and a mix of both old and new architecture make it a pleasant place to explore.
Further afield, Clackmannanshire’s unrivalled network of access paths make walking or cycling along the River Devon, or in the Ochil Hills, the perfect way to enjoy the stunning scenery.
The views can also be admired from some of the area’s many castles and tower houses: Alloa Tower presents a fascinating insight into Medieval life, while the atmospheric walk up to Castle Campbell in Dollar will whisk you back in time.