Start and end your walk at the war memorial. You’ll see Telford’s Bridge, built by the legendary civil engineer Thomas Telford in 1819 and Spittal’s Bridge, built at the instruction of Robert Spittal, a wealthy Stirling merchant and tailor to King James IV.
You’ll follow the Bannockburn for much of the trail, learning about the power of the water that powered the many mills in the area. You’ll learn how modern tartan was invented in Bannockburn and how for much of the 20th century the village was at the heart of mining in the area. You’ll cross Milton Ford, which has been the crossing point for every army that has fought in the highlands, from the Romans, to Edward II, to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites. The ford is also the location for the murder of James III after the battle of Sauchieburn. This route has a unique audio tour – you can listen and learn below.