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Braco (// BRAY-koh) is a village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, with a population of 515 census It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Dunblane towards Perth off the A9 road. The village can also be accessed via the B8033 route which passes Ashfield and Kinbuck.
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.
- 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, the 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 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 and the Strathallan Times, a free weekly. Because of its location it also receives local radio stations which cover both central Scotland and Perthshire, including Central FM and Tay AM/FM. Braco moved to digital only TV signals in August 2010.
Braco is served by buses run by Stagecoach, linking the village with Stirling, Dunblane and Crieff, WAVE buses which connect with Kinbuck, Ashfield, Dunblane and Stirling, 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.
- William Duff, 1st Earl Fife
- Ronald Forbes (artist)
- William McGregor
- Kate Nevin - Witch of Monzie
- Andrew Lawrenceson Smith
- 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.
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