John Hancock Observatory US Map & Phone & Address

200 Clarendon St, Boston; (617) 572-6420

New England’s tallest building affords a spectacular view of our fair city and the many hills and dales beyond. Admission is $3.75 for adults, $2.75 for senior citizens and children; small price to pay for such an awesome sight. You can stay up there as long as you want Hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a m. to 11 P.M. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 P.M. though they can vary in the winter.

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The western entrance has subtle defences and there’s a fine view of the vallum as it runs down and up the hollow of the Rowan Tree Burn and on westwards. Leave the attractive site from the eastern entrance and take the exit signposted for the Falkirk Wheel and Tamfourhill to wander through woodland then out to meadowlands where birch and willow are growing apace. The woodland edge is followed to a gravel path and, at a fork, left is signed for the Wheel and soon rejoins the outward route. Whichever option is taken, it is worth going over the top of the tunnel exit for the view it gives of the aqueduct/wheel and the spread of country with the Ochils dominant. In the days of cattle droving, Rough Castle was for one period the site of the Falkirk Tryst, which had started near Polmont after overtaking Crieff as the main market. About 1785, possibly because the new Forth & Clyde Destination made access difficult, it finally moved to Stenhousemuir. The coming of the railways and changes in agricultural methods saw droving largely die out in the1860s. This site is reached by a curious pedestrian underpass a kilometre or so west of Bonnybridge. Car drivers can reach it from Bonnybridge (east) or Castlecary (west) along the B816, but there is scant parking space, and the towpath approach is the safest. Seabegs Wood, an oak wood, has been well tidied and gives another good idea of the frontier line.

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