Stirling Castle from the west
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Stirling Castle from the west

From a town of the same name that lies on the River Forth not far from the historic battlefield of Bannockburn, Stirling in central Scotland stretches northwards into the Highlands as far as Loch Tay and the hills of Breadalbane. It includes Balquhidder and other lands to the east of Loch Lomond associated with Rob Roy who lies buried on the north shore of Loch Voil, and also the Trossachs, a picturesque district popularized in the poems and novels of Sir Walter Scott. Tourism, forestry, and farming are the chief sources of employment and the main towns are Stirling (the administrative centre), Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Doune, Callander, Aberfoyle, Killin and Crianlarich.

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