The bridge on the main road is said to have been built by James VI of Scotland when the ferryman acted up a bit awkward! As you cross the bridge over the river Teith at Doune, little attention is paid to the bridge itself - your attention tends to be drawn to the view of the castle downstream from the bridge. There is a story to this particular bridge - the king's tailor arrived at the bridge without money for the ferryman and was therefor unable to cross. As revenge on the ferryman he built the bridge to put the ferryman out of a job!
At Deanston, an outlying hamlet close to Doune, came into being in 1785 as a planned village providing accommodation for the workers at the newly built Adelphi Cotton Spinning Mill. There are still remains of the watercourse - a lade - which once supplied power to the mill which provided employment to well over 1000 workers, adults and children. Some of the cottages once occupied by the weavers still exist close by. The spinning and weaving business has now gone but the building has been put to good use as the Deanston Distillery (1965).
Other things to do.....
- on a side road north of the Doune - Dunblane road.