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Blackford and Tullibardine are situated at the northern edge of the Ochil Hills on the southern edge of Strathearn.

Springs and pure fresh water have long been central to this area. In 1488 James IV of Scotland took a liking to local Blackford beer brewed with pure Ochil Hills spring water. The first legal whisky distillery was recorded at Blackford in 1798, though no doubt the quality of the local water encouraged 'cottage industry distilling' previously! A new brewery openned in Blackford in 1830 and in 1898 a large maltings was completed. In 1979 a spring water bottling plant was built followed by another in 1991. Tullibardine distillery however was mothballed in 1995 but reopened in 2003 under new management.

At Blackford, Scotland's national hero, William Wallace is said to have defeated a small English force as they crossed the ford on the Allan Water around 1296. Sir David Murray founded a Collegiate Church at Tullibardine in 1445 and a parish school was added in 1599.

A woollen mill was built in 1802 and expanded into a substantial blanket factory in 1825. In 1838 a post office openned and in 1849 the railway arrived. However in 1956 the station closed and in 1978 Blackford & Tullibardine were bypassed by the new A9 trunk road. Both events lead to a reduction of businesses and services locally.

Tullibardine distillery is the focus of a new retail complex and visitor centre at Blackford.

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