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West of Bo'ness the south side of the Forth is dominated by the major oil refinery at Grangemouth, which is also Scotland's largest port.
Vast and modern, the Grangemouth refinery actually continues a long established tradition: the area was home to the world's first oil industry, developing from the 1850s using indigenous oil extracted from West Lothian's extensive shale deposits.
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Hidden away towards the eastern end of the Ochils is Dollar Glen, with Castle Campbell at its head.
Along the foot of the hills are the four "Hillfoot" settlements.
During the 1200s and 1300s control was wrested from the English, then lost: before being regained after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
It was at Stirling Castle, between the 1400s and 1600s that the Stuarts chose to make their home and it was where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in 1543.
Running east from Dumyat are the Ochil Hills, including Ben Cleuch and King's Seat Hill, which provide some excellent hillwalking.To the east lies Blackness Castle, which provides an excellent half day out.Bo'ness shows its industrial heritage, but has turned parts of it to good advantage: the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway is Scotland's largest heritage railway centre.Whoever controlled the fortress effectively controlled Scotland.
Because of this, much of Scotland's history has been played out in or around Stirling.The nearby Dunmore Park is home to the remarkable Pineapple, while the estate village of Dunmore is one of the prettiest in Scotland.