In Scotland the past seems so close you can almost feel it swirling around you. Epic landscapes were carved out by icy glaciers millennia ago, towering castles have stood for centuries and mesmerising stories, traditions and legends have been passed down for generations.

In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, VisitScotland are celebrating the richness of Scotland’s intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting experiences and events. Explore ancient sites that date from the Neolithic era, uncover the history of the Scottish clans and taste whisky and local delicacies that have been hand crafted in Scotland for hundreds of years.

#Discover the Tower Trail

Four impressive tower houses (more per square mile than anywhere else in Scotland) have survived in Alloa, Clackmannan, Dollar and Sauchie and represent just a few of the great houses which once existed in Clackmannanshire.

The tall tower houses (dating from the late 14th and 15th centuries) were built by the Bruces, Erskines, Argylls and Schaws, who were among the most distinguished families in medieval Scotland. They had to be near the royal court in Stirling, partly for defence, but mainly as a way of showing off the status, wealth and style of their owners.

The towers were set at the centre on a complex of buildings, which often included a large hall where the lord could entertain, as well as provide extra accommodation for his extended household.

Each has its own fascinating story – some have been attacked, most have played host to royalty, one was later at the centre of an amazing formal landscape and another even witnessed the ‘knighting’ of the poet Robert Burns.

 

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