Travel to Stirling and visit the very impressive Stirling Castle, a favoured royal retreat and the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. Journey a mile or so south west of the city to visit the very poignant site of the Battle of Bannockburn. Following the vanquishing of his rivals in Dumfries, Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland and began a long and arduous campaign to secure his title, finally achieving success at this battle in 1314. He then set about rebuilding the Scottish nation.
A few miles to the east of Stirling is Clackmannan, where Crown lands were given to Thomas Bruce by King Robert II in recognition of his rising against the English in 1334. Clackmannan is a historical town home to the Mercat Cross, Tollbooth and Clackmannan Tower, a magnificent five storey building dating back to the 1300s.
Kincardine is a few miles to the south. In 1647 Sir George Bruce of Carnock was created Earl of Kincardine, and although now mainly known for the Kincardine Bridge crossing the River Forth, this attractive village boasts a long history as a trading port.
A few miles east is Dunfermline, where the body of Robert the Bruce was buried in 1329 and his bones were re-interred under a magnificent brass plate in the new abbey church in 1819. Dunfermline Palace & Abbey date back to the 11th century and the abbey was the last resting place for many Scottish monarchs.