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There is evidence of a fortress at Stirling as far back as prehistoric times, guarding the passage between the lowlands and highlands.

Whoever controlled the fortress effectively controlled Scotland.

In March 2002 Stirling became Scotland's sixth city in celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

The City stands in a strategically important position, at the lowest ancient crossing point of the River Forth.

The countryside north of the River Forth and east of Stirling lies in Clackmannanshire, Scotland's smallest local authority area.

As well as the Hillfoots, other settlements include Alloa and Clackmannan.

Along the foot of the hills are the four "Hillfoot" settlements.

From west to east these are: Menstrie (complete with Menstrie Castle), Alva, Tillicoultry and Dollar.

Bo'ness shows its industrial heritage, but has turned parts of it to good advantage: the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway is Scotland's largest heritage railway centre.

West of Bo'ness the south side of the Forth is dominated by the major oil refinery at Grangemouth, which is also Scotland's largest port.

Running east from Dumyat are the Ochil Hills, including Ben Cleuch and King's Seat Hill, which provide some excellent hillwalking.