The year of stories to highlight the history of Forth Valley

PEOPLE of Forth Valley are invited to delve into the region’s rich history and local legends as part of this year’s themed year celebrations.

The Year of Stories 2022 aims to highlight, celebrate and promote the wealth of stories inspired, written or created in Scotland.

VisitScotland staff at the Stirling and Aberfoyle iCentres encourage visitors to uncover some of the best known secrets, myths and legends associated with the region.

An important part of the Information Center’s role is to help visitors enjoy the area responsibly, connecting visitors with local tourism businesses and sharing information about some of the hidden gems to be discovered.

Delivering an exciting program of special events is an important part of the Year of Stories. Over 100 events take place across the country as part of the Year of Stories event program.

In October, there will be a Stories from Japan and Beyond event at Cowden Japanese Garden.

Graham Hamilton, Visitor Services Advisor, said: “The Year of Stories is the perfect opportunity for our Visitor Services Advisors to tell stories about some of the fascinating people and places to discover across Scotland. We were all told the story of the Green Lady when we were children in Stirling and we were warned never to meet her gaze as we walked around the castle and I love telling these kinds of stories to our visitors .

“We encourage locals and visitors to visit our iCentre near the Old Town Jail and Aberfoyle for suggestions on some of the great things to see and do in the area.”

Alloa Tower in Clackmannanshire was the seat of the Erskine family, and it is said that a curse was placed there on the earl by the Abbey’s Abbot Patrick, a suspected necromancer.

Since then, bad luck and tragedy have befallen the family, losing their lands and titles following the Jacobite rising of 1715.

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