Overlooked by the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Cambuskenneth Abbey, set against a backdrop of the Trossachs and tucked into a bend in the River Forth, the scene is not merely breathtaking but could hardly be more evocative.
New Williamfield - the name itself stirs images of the nation's globally renowned freedom fighter - represents Scottish grandeur at its finest and, if Cricket Scotland's head groundsman is to be believed, will become the home of the sport in this country within two years.
Alan Simpson has to declare an interest when saying so because he has overseen the development of the venue that will see its first competitive action this weekend when Stirling County 2nd XV face Boroughmuir on the main wicket while the 3rds tackle Old Contemptibles on the adjoining oval.
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