village of Plean is located seven miles to the south east of Stirling.
Plean is also one of the group of villages known collectively as the
Eastern Villages. The Eastern Villages all have a historical coal mining
population of Plean for the area covered by the new Bannockburn ward is
The Country Park on the edge of Plean has an excellent network of
footpaths. The beautiful estate woodlands, Scrub, wildflower meadows
and ponds provide homes to many different birds and animals. Nature
has taken over the bings since the last pit closed in Plean Village
in 1963. The striking ruin of Plean House, a classical country
mansion, was built in the late 18th century by William Simpson, a
wealthy East India Trader. It was last occupied as recently as 1970,
but was badly damaged by fire. There are three marked trails of
different lengths starting from the car park, an orienteering
course, horse trail, toilets and picnic areas.