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Serf, Sauchie, Silver - A Circular Place-Name Walk

Door open days

29 September 2018 (The walk will start at 10 am)


What is a place-name walk? It's a walk through the past and present, through landscape and language, an attempt to see the modern environment through the eyes of the people who gave it the names which we still use today, taking the names themselves as our guides. These names are also guides to the languages of the past: in Clackmannanshire, these are mainly British/Pictish, Gaelic and Scots and together they span about 1,500 years, with some names being even older, such as Dumyat 'fort of the Maeatae', a local tribe first mentioned in the 3rd century. 

The walk will begin and end at The Woolpack Inn in Tillicoultry. It will include part of the town itself, while also looking at the wider environment, passing Sterling Mills and Marchglen,  the SSPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre and the Devon Colliery Beam Engine House at Fishcross, on to Sauchie Tower, down to Alva,  crossing the River Devon again,  through the remains of the Alva House estate and back to Tillicoultry. The route will, wherever possible, use footpaths and avoid main roads. Devon Colliery Beam Engine House, Sauchie Tower and Alva Ice House will all be open and it will be possible to have brief visits to them. 

An explanatory leaflet will be given to all participants. 


Key Information

The walk will begin and end at The Woolpack Inn in Tillicoultry and will last about 3.5 hours. Participants must book in advance and the maximum number is 25.  To book, please call 07765 053879 or email by no later than 12 noon on Friday 28th September. 

Participants should note that this is only partly suitable for wheelchair users and involves a long walk. Sensible footwear and outdoor clothing are essential. 

The Woolpack Inn will be open for refreshments after the walk; participants may also wish to bring a packed lunch with them. 


Where to find us

  • 1-3 Glassford Square
  • Tillicoultry
  • FK13 6AU