The A to Z of Scottish Places: F
F is for...
... Loch Fyne
Anyone journeying to Campbeltown or Kintyre by road will know Loch Fyne
well, indeed the traveller may well be sick of it by the time they have travelled thirty miles
down its length. The most beautiful parts are at the head around Cairndow and beside Inverary
before the sea-loch widens. Inverary Castle is glimpsed from the roadside just outside the
town. The loch is famous for its herring, and a fine restaurant, shop and visitor centre are
worth a visit as is the Argyll Wildlife Park with its wide range of birds and indigenous species
such as fox and owl. Strangely the park also features some foreign species such as monkeys and
Meaning "speckled church", Falkirk, which lies close to the roman Antonine Wall, is
a translation of the town's original Gaelic name, Egglesbreth. Two major battles were
fought nearby - the first in 1298 saw the defaet of William Wallaceat the hands of Edward I.
The second in 1746 saw Prince Charles Edward Stuart defeat General Hawly. The
parish church which was founded in 1080 and rebuilt in 1811 has monuments to the fallen of both
battles. The city centre is a busy shopping area in the streets around the impressive 146ft
town Steeple, built in 1813 and scene of many a local new year party. Callendar House,
refashioned and extended many times in the last 800 years, lies in extensive grounds close to the
town and was the home of one of the "Marys" who attended Mary Queen of Scots.