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The Quarter

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Built in 1776, this beautiful Georgian country home is situated in Denny, in South Stirlingshire.

Owned by Pippa and Robin McLean, this luxurious B&B will serve as a well deserved rest for you and your pooch.

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This 19th century manor has hidden gems, including the original Georgian woodwork, window shutters and chimney pieces.
The house boasts three grand bedrooms, all en-suite. Two of the bedrooms are a double, and one is a twin, so the whole family can come if you are booking up.
You will be treated to a bowl of fruit on arrival, fresh flowers in your room and tea and coffee by your bedside. Each bed also has an electric blanket, perfect for a snuggly rest at night.

Wifi runs throughout the house, so you won’t feel too detatched from the modern times.

Breakfast is served in the dining area between 8am-9am, although Pippa can make special

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arrangements for you. You can guarantee you’ll be well fed, as a full Scottish breakfast is on the menu here.

The surrounding grounds cover almost 60 acres of fields and woodland, providing the perfect

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secluded getaway. Beautifully kept gardens surround the house, where you can enjoy a quiet afternoon playing together.

There are also riding stables nearby, fisheries and a fitness gym for any members of your party who aren’t partial to the country life.

Well situated, this B&B offers access to both big cities Glasgow and Edinburgh if you are interested in making any day trips.

The cost is £45 pp/per night, with any well behaved pets welcome on prior arrangement.

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The Roman Fort & Bath House at Antonine’s Wall

The roman fort and bath house is situated atop Bar Hill in Twechar.
The fort and separate bath house was built as part of Antonine’s Wall, erected between AD142-144, and running the best part of 60 km.

Construction began on the commands of the roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, the wall and fort made3_3e9850cb2b
of stone and turf and taking 12 years to finish.
It is thought due to the strategic placement of the fort, the roman soldiers who occupied it would have been monitoring and controlling the movement of people and goods in the surrounding areas.
The Bar Hill fort provides stunning, panoramic views of the unspoilt countryside, surrounding town and Campsie Fells, with the view stretching as far back as the high-rise flats of Glasgow city.

The site was part of an excavation project between 1979-1982 which exposed the fort and bathing house near Antonine’s wall.

The excavation gave an excellent visual sense of what both the fort and bath house would have looked like, and its positioning back when it was first constructed.
Extensive research has since gone into discovering the layout of each side, and plaques are now situated at the site to provide a rough guide of each buildings layout.

Down from the barr hill fort is Antonine’s Wall, an extensive ditch which carries on through to the surrounding town of Kilsyth. The build was similar to Hadrian’s wall in the South, but has not preserved as well, with less remains evident.


Following Antonine’s wall will take you further up to a preserved Iron Age site, on display at the highest summit.
Access to Antonine’s wall is via a pedestrian walking path in Twechar. Starting at a war memorial, the path passes by farmhouses and private fields before reaching a water reservoir and veering off to the left over a hill. The site is excellent for hill walkers, with steep and difficult terrain.
If you are taking your dog, then they must be kept on a leash while taking the pedestrian pathway, as open fields contain farm animals.

Excellent for days out and picnics, it is a quiet area with only the occasional hill walker passing by. A perfect day out for the whole family, providing an education experience for children, who may even be learning about the roman empire at school.
As long as you pack food (and a treat for getting to the top) this is a great family adventure.

If you are bringing your dog, we would advise you bring water, as Holly was exhausted after her walkies here.

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The Stables

On the outskirts of Kirkintilloch, located at the side of the Forth and Clyde Canal, The Stables is your perfect family and dog friendly pub.

Built in 1812 to house horses working on the nearby canal, this old building has developed into a popular country pub and restaurant, complete  with great views of the Firth of Clyde, the rolling Campsie hills and idyllic scenery.

The pub itself is a rustic affair,  looking every inch the charming countryside pub  from outside.
A perfectly cut garden with benches leads up to the front door, guiding you inside the warm reception area to await seating.
A wash of oranges and browns, the dining area provides that   ‘countryside feeling’, while a roaring log fire adds to the rural atmosphere.
Minimilist wooden tables sit amongst a well lit dining and pub area, while draped curtains encourage comfort and a feeling of being at home.

Standard pub grub is available if you prefer your old favourites, while the fixed price menu with 2 courses for £8.50 until 5pm is a popular choice.

This is a family friendly pub, with a children’s menu, but many local families come on a Sunday to tuck into a delicious Sunday roast – minus the dishes.
A variety of drinks and wines are on offer at competitive prices.

Our furry friends aren’t allowed in the restaurant area, however the beer garden is where they are welcomed with water and a dog bowl at the side of the establishment.
The beer garden, overlooking the canal and unspoilt scenery is a popular place to stop for a spot of lunch or ice cold drink during the summer months.

Sheltered tables and picnic benches are situated in the beer garden, a favourite stop over for cyclists and walkers who can gain access to the garden from the canal path.

While outside, you can enjoy watching the riverboats travel up and down the canal – perhaps even catch a ride with one!
After you’ve enjoyed your food and drinks, you can enjoy a hearty walk along the canal with your furry friend.

On a warm summer’s day, the beer garden is locally known as a hot spot, so be sure to get down there early to guarantee yourself a seat.
Recommended booking in advance for a table in the restaurant area.



Our recommendation: Falafel Wrap £4.95 and an ice cold cider

TIP: Bring treats for your dog, as only water is on offer here!

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