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Golf course architect James Braid designed a 6,266-yard par 71 course on the 150 acres of rolling parkland beneath the Ochil Hills that are Alloa Golf Club’s home. A test for even the most seasoned golfer, Alloa also accommodates high handicappers.

All golfers will enjoy the final four holes: two long par 3s split by two long and extremely challenging par 4s. Make sure to keep an eye out for the ditch in front of the 17^th green.

Alloa Golf Club dates back to 1935. It was built on the estate of Schawpark House. One of the most influential families in medieval Scotland, the Schaws were governors of Stirling Castle until the reign of James IV.

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Party People hire exquisite event equipment and decorations across Scotland and provide bespoke packages for both Corporate and Private Events including Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas Parties and more. Party People ensure they tailor each package to suit your specific requirements and budget

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Gartmorn Dam Country Park 1.1 km

Gartmorn Dam is a peaceful retreat for people walking, cycling, horse riding, picnicking and bird watching. The reservoir is based on a natural loch that occurred here before the damming took place and as such was always home to water-loving wildlife, from very small insects to larger animals, like otters.

Gartmorn Dam was recognised as a nationally important site of special scientific interest in 1971 with a variety of rare pondweeds and part of it is also designated as a Local Nature Reserve as it is an important site for migratory wildfowl in the winter months. Many birds also live at Gartmorn all year round and breed here in the summer time, like the Great Crested Grebe.

Wild brown trout are at home in the water body and often shoals of young perch can be seen. They live in high densities as it helps them to avoid being eaten by larger fish, such as local pike.

In 1982 it became Clackmannanshire’s first and only Country Park.

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Fishcross 1.12 km

In 1321 King Robert Bruce granted the lands of Sauchie to Henri de Annand, Sheriff of Clackmannan. Mary de Annand, his descendant, married Sir James Schaw of Greenock in 1431. He probably built Sauchie Tower soon afterwards. The Schaw family was very influential and in c1460 Sir James’ son became Governor of Stirling Castle. The tower complex included an outer wall on at least two sides, a cobbled courtyard and a large hall with kitchen and bread oven, contemporary with the tower or perhaps built c1460, as the family needed to entertain on a grander scale.

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Fishcross 1.24 km

Lying at the foot of the Ochil Hills in a peaceful country setting, visitors will find The Woodsman Restaurant. Since opening its doors in December 2012, the family run eatery has provided a great spot to enjoy traditional home cooking in a relaxed environment. Sitting at the entrance to the Woods Caravan Park, it has become a local food and watering hole, enjoyed by both holiday goers and the surrounding villages.

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Centrally located with ease of access from the motorway network, The Woods offers incredible views with a virtual 180degree panorama of the Ochil Hills The park is quiet and tranquill and is an ideal base for exploring Stirling, Clackmannanshire, The Trossachs, Perth. Loch Lomond, Glasgow and Edinburgh, which are all within easy reach. Park facilities include two modern heated sanitary blocks, extra large pitches, serviced pitches, TV booster system including freeview and so much more!

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7 Main Street, Sauchie, Alloa, UK 1.26 km

Devon Ales is a microbrewery attached to the rear of the The Mansefield Arms. The family has always had a love for real ales and with the growing demand for it in the wee country they decided to build their brew house in 1991.

They have a range of different ales that they love people trying.

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For the past 49 years, Gartmorn has been a family run farm who offer the finest free range poultry.

Gartmorn Farm ethos are to rear happy, healthy birds that have lived as naturally as possible. A true free-range environment is incredibly important for the welfare of the birds and everyone who works on the small farm is dedicated to maintaining high standards of animal welfare and are passionate about producing the high quality produce they have become known for.

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The forest trails at Gartmorn Wood make up part of the larger Gartmorn Dam Country Park in Clackmannanshire.

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Fishcross 1.99 km

The first of international sculptor Andy Scott’s public art works for Clackmannanshire on the Collylands Roundabout, between Sauchie & Alva, was installed in June 2007.

The sculpture named ‘River Spirit’ depicts a female figure growing out of a trunk base created using a mosaic of steel flat bar segments. Her foliage hands hold woven steel bars in the shape of the River Forth above her head.

While Andy’s sculptures can be admired at dozens of sites, from Glasgow to Australia, the siting of three substantial pieces in close proximity is an unprecedented concentration of his work.

Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1987 Andy has worked across a diverse range of artistic and creative projects. Public sculpture has been at the forefront of his activities, with dozens of commissions completed for a wide client base.

Andy is a figurative sculptor and works in steel and bronze. He combines traditional figurative symbolism and art forms with contemporary fabrication techniques to create iconic sculptures for the public realm.

 

Andy Scott Public Art Trail

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Alloa Trading Centre, Bruce Street, Alloa, UK 2.07 km

The Ochil Fudge Pantry hand craft proper butter rich homemade fudge, cream fudge and Scottish tablet in small batches, with every batch being hand beaten to give that unmistakable Ochil Fudge smoothness.

Some even say its “the best fudge ever”

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Tillicoultry 2.15 km
The independent restaurant is now a rare breed, which makes Juniper Bar and Grill even more determined to create something special and unique.
The ethos of their food is very simple; where possible they source Scottish produce from local suppliers including sustainable fish, grass fed beef and lamb and local game. Juniper’s aim is to buy from family run businesses within a 30 mile radius and not from multi national companies. They believe in supporting the Scottish food industry and the local economy.  Located in Tillicoultry, surrounded by the beautiful Ochil hills and countryside, they are driven by the seasonality and the best of what mother nature provides. This allows them to aspire towards their dream of ultimate quality.
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Clackmannan 2.24 km

This sculpture by Andy Scott was installed on Marywood roundabout, on the outskirts of Clackmannan in August 2009, and gives drivers a fantastic welcome as they enter the county.

The brief was for an artwork which marked the entrance into Clackmannanshire as seen from the new bridge connection and should somehow celebrate that new crossing.

The two figures stand atop two halves of a steel arc which are intended to look as though they are connecting. The figures reach out and make the connection and each holds a symbolic element.

The male figure holds a crown, which is a feature from Clackmannanshire’s heraldic coat of arms. The female holds a draped circle of 23 stars, which represent the flag of the European Union, the suggestion being that Clackmannanshire is welcoming Europe and visitors from the east via the new bridge.

The composition creates an archway which frames the road beyond the roundabout leading into the county.

 

Andy Scott Public Art Trail

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Alva FK12 5DQ, UK 2.28 km

It all started for Harviestoun Brewery in 1983, They would love to say that it was one of the most memorable days for founder, Ken Brooker’s life, but that night he hosted one of his legendary tasting sessions and he can’t remember much about it.

Harviestoun Brews a range of different craft beers from their orginal craft lager ‘Schiehallion’ to their more prestigious barrel aged beer ‘Ola Dubh’

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The Mill Cafe, large and family friendly, is located next to their Homestore. Their aim is to provide fresh drinks, snacks and hot meals that, wherever possible, are prepared with local ingredients. Mill Cafe know that your time is precious and so your meals will be prepared as quickly as possible and brought to your table by one of their hospitality team. Their menu changes daily with exciting specials created depending on the seasonal ingredients available.

Situated opposite the main front entrance the fully licenced Butterfly Restaurant is the perfect place for a more leisurely sit-down meal or spot of afternoon tea. The traditional indoor setting is complimented by a large outdoor seating area that’s surrounded by a fresh herb garden.

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Alloa 2.37 km

This sculpture was conceived as a tribute to the role of the emergency services and armed forces in society. However, rather than develop a traditional figurative sculpture, Andy Scott once again imbued this artwork with a number of elements and symbols, and referenced figurative influences.

The hand is derived from the gauntlets which appear on the heraldic coat of arms for Clackmannanshire. It is sculpted in a semi-abstract and deliberately angular style, symbolising the uniforms and machinery associated with the military and emergency services, and is lifting the figures in a benevolent gesture of support.

These figures revisit the traditional mother and child motif often found in figurative sculpture. The mother reaches upwards in gesture while holding to the massive hand for support, and the child reaches outwards fearlessly yet holds on to the mother. Is the child offering help or asking for help?

The figures are festooned with stars, symbolising the celestial references of most religions, without implicitly adhering to any particular religion.

Closer inspection reveals the child figure has winged feet, a reference to the classical figure of Hermes and his role as the protector of travellers, appropriate for a sculpture at a busy junction.

This sculpture also incorporates the work of renowned Scottish poet Jim Carruth. His short poem ‘Lifeline’ is a series of phrases which have been laser-cut from steel and welded to the sculpture, and lend the artwork an additional layer of interpretation.

 

Andy Scott Public Art Trail

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Alloa 2.38 km

Andy Scott’s third sculpture for Clackmannanshire emulates Alloa’s regeneration, was installed on Station Square prior to the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway opening in May 2008.

The sculpture features two figures – an adult wearing a flat cap and a youngster, and creates a focal point at the end of the boulevard.

The figures symbolise the working past of the town, through the adult figure, and the potential future for the town and area, personified by the child. The child in essence rises from the industrial past and looks towards the town.

Andy often incorporates local input in his creations and on this project there were design contributions from St Mungo’s and St Serf’s Primary Schools, as well as Bowmar Community House. A group from the Community House visited Andy’s workshop in Glasgow last year, where they got to see him in action.

 

Andy Scott Public Art Trail

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