Braco

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Braco
Braco is located in Perth and Kinross
Braco
Braco
Braco shown within Perth and Kinross
OS grid reference NN8309
Council area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DUNBLANE
Postcode district FK15
Dialling code 01786
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
UK
Scotland
56°15′49″N 3°52′48″W / 56.2636°N 3.8801°W / 56.2636; -3.8801Coordinates: 56°15′49″N 3°52′48″W / 56.2636°N 3.8801°W / 56.2636; -3.8801

Braco (/ˈbrk/ BRAY-koh) is a village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, with a population of 515.[1] It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Dunblane towards Perth off the A9 road.

Braco's Front Street is the busy A822 linking Crieff to the A9 road

History

Braco was established in 1815 following the sale or feu of lands owned by James Master son. The village marked the bicentenary in 2015 including with events timed around the issuing of the first feus in May.

Before that, Roman occupation on the Gask Ridge stretching across Scotland included the Roman Fort at Ardoch. The ramparts and ditches of the Roman camp are still plainly visible at Ardoch Roman Fort just north of Braco.

A permanent fixture at the nearby Lodge Park is the Knaik or Knaick Bridge which dates from the 15th Century. An interpretation board for the village and parking for the fort is also by the park entrance.

Notable residents

Famous past residents of Braco have included the founder of the Football League, William McGregor, computer game designer, Chris Sawyer and artist, Ronald Forbes.

Prof Robert Howden FRSE was born here in 1856.[2]

Amenities

Braco is home to a village shop, coffee outlet and outreach post office two garages, including a filling station.

  • Ardoch Church, part of the Church of Scotland and linked with Blackford
  • The former Free Church on Church Street/ Feddal Road,
  • An artists' studio on Smiddy Brae which is home to Lys Hansen.
  • The Braco Hotel, as of March 2015, being restored and extended.
  • On Feddal Road there is Braco Primary School and nursery class (serving Braco and Greenloaning www.pkc.gov.uk/article/17513/Greenloaning-Primary-School) village hall, playpark and a bowling green.
  • There is also a recycling point, managed by Perth and Kinross Council.
  • The Lodge Park is home to the annual Braco Show, an agricultural event.
  • Braco and its immediate surrounds are part of a network of core paths and walking routes through Strathallan, one of which passes a picnic area by the Keir Burn.

Media coverage

Braco is served by four paid for newspapers: the Strathearn Herald, the Perthshire Advertiser and the Stirling Observer. It is also covered by the Perthshire edition of the Courier, based in Dundee. Because of its location it also receives local radio stations which cover both central Scotland and Perthshire, such as Central FM and Tay AM/FM.

Transport

Braco is served by buses run by Stagecoach, linking the village with Stirling, Dunblane and Crieff, and Docherty's Midland Coaches/Stagecoach to Perth, introduced in June 2014. The nearest train stations are south at Dunblane and north-east at Gleneagles.

See also

References

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120322054753/http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/browser/profile.jsp?profile=Population&mainLevel=Locality&mainText=Braco&mainTextExplicitMatch=false&compLevel=CountryProfile&compText=&compTextExplicitMatch=null
  2. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. 

External links

  • About Braco at Perthshire-Scotland.co.uk


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