28, Feb 2024
Clackmannanshire

As Britain’s smallest historic county, it is often nicknamed “The Wee County”, bordering the areas of Stirling, Fife, and Perth and Kinross. In terms of historic counties it borders Perthshire, Stirlingshire and Fife. When written, Clackmannanshire is commonly abbreviated to Clacks.  The name is taken from the original county town of Clackmannan. Consisting of elements from three languages. The first element is from Scottish Gaelic: Clach meaning “Stone”. Mannan is a derivative of the Brythonic name of the Manaw, the Iron Age tribe who inhabited the area. The final element is the English word shire. The clack or stone now rests on a larger stone beside the surviving tower of Clackmannan Tolbooth and the Mercat Cross at the top of Main street.

The county became known for the weaving mills powered by the Hillfoots burns. Other industries included brewing, glass manufacture, mining and ship building. Now capitalising on its central position and transport links, Clackmannanshire attracts service industries and tourism.

 

The motto of Clackmannanshire is “Look Aboot Ye” (Circumspice in Latin). In 2007 a re-branding exercise led to the area adopting the slogan “More Than You Imagine”.

 

Clackmannanshire lies between the majestic Ochil Hills and the River Forth and provides the perfect year-round base to explore the stunning countryside, medieval castles and tower houses, an impressive collection of public art and an excellent range of outdoor activities. For leisure, there is Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, five golf courses, a luxury spa, a fantastic choice of hotels, B&B’s, cottages and campsites, and a variety of places for pub grub, light bites and fine dining.

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