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About Bridge of Allan

Bridge of Allan (Gaelic: Drochaid Alain) lies on the Allan Water, a northern tributary of the River Forth. Nestling at the foot of the Ochil Hills, Bridge of Allan is a sheltered spot that boasts a great sense of peace and quiet.

The hamlet of Bridge of Allan grew around an ancient Change House, or Inn on the banks of the old bridge which was demolished in 1957 to make way for the new bridge that you see today.

A Victorian Spa Town is Born In the early 1800’s the local inhabitants would gather on a Sunday to drink the waters that flowed through an old trough from the old mines of Airthrey. In 1820, Professor Thomas Thomson of Glasgow analysed the properties of the water, proclaimed that they were indeed “superior in mineral content to that of many well known spas”. In 1821, a well-house was built by the mine owner and at that point, the spa town of Bridge of Allan was born.

By 1861 the population had risen to 1,800, a phenomenal increase from the village of 200 souls not less than 20 years previous. A brand new town was coming into existence.

World Famous Landmarks The world famous Wallace Monument that stands to the east of Bridge of Allan was built in 1896 and is dedicated to the infamous Scots hero, William Wallace and the battle of Stirling Bridge.

To the south of Bridge of Allan is Stirling and a magnificent view of Stirling Castle.

five The National Wallace Monument

Today’s Bridge of Allan The Bridge of Allan of today boasts a beautiful setting, its wildlife, its activities, its shops and its architecture. There are buildings here that can tell you many stories; from the Museum Hall that once hosted the Beatles, to the many boarding houses that played host to soldiers during the Great War.

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