Over the 1700s Falkirk gradually replaced Crieff as the centre of this trade.
Today's Falkirk is a pleasant town centred on its pedestrianised High Street.
Closer to the M9 is The Helix, a 350 hectare public space developed with lottery money.
at its heart stand the Kelpies, two horses heads and the largest equine artworks in the world at 30m high.
Opened in 2002, this is an engineering wonder equal to anything the Victorians achieved.
It links the Firth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal, allowing the full return to use of both after many decades of closure.
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Falkirk got through to this stage thanks to their 2-0 weekend win against in-form Dunfermline Athletic.
It runs right through Falkirk, and the wall can also be traced to the east of the town centre in the grounds of Callendar House.
Perhaps the best preserved stretch of the wall lies half a mile west of the Falkirk Wheel: at Rough Castle Roman Fort.
Another of Falkirk's attractions is Callendar House, which would look more at home in central France than in central Scotland.
With a 300ft long frontage this incredible château evolved through many stages from its origins as a castle in about 1400.