The attractive, peaceful Cathedral City of Dunblane provides easy access to all the central belt cities and the Highlands, by road, railway and 3 international airports, making it popular with commuters to Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow, London and abroad and a great base for tourists, including green travellers. Dunblane has a compact walkable heritage centre of High Street, Cathedral, Museum, Leighton Library and attractive riverside parks. It is surrounded by lovely countryside and hills for walks and cycle rides for all abilities. Read the In Dunblane information leaflet.
By Public Transport
This journey planner gives all travel options: Traveline Scotland website 0871 200 22 33 (24 hour)
Dunblane is on the main railway through Scotland and has regular direct services to Stirling (7 mins), Edinburgh (1hr), Glasgow (40mins), Gleneagles (15mins), Perth (30mins), Dundee (1 hour), Aberdeen and Inverness and via Stirling for Alloa. It is only 5hr 40mins from central London, or the sleeper service enables a full 2 day relaxing weekend away. Cycles are carried free and usually need booking for long distance journeys.
The train is also convenient for local walking and cycling excursions to Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Alloa, many other stops between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and north to Gleneagles and Perth. The station booking office is manned Mon - Sat mornings only. Dunblane railway station is now fully accessible with lifts on the new footbridge.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50 National Rail website
National Rail Enquiries Textphone (for customers with hearing impairments): 0845 60 50 600
- D & S 01786 821010
- Moores 01786 824888
- Copeland 01786 824444/07442507810 (wheelchair accessible)
- Citicabs (wheelchair accessible) 01786 465557
- Citylink M8: Glasgow-Stirling-Dunblane-Perth-Dundee: use bus stop on Perth Road by/opposite police station. Bikes are carried free provided they are in an approved box or bag and that there is sufficient space in the luggage hold. See the Scottish Citylink website for further details.
- Local buses: link Dunblane with towns and villages off the railway network – including Crieff, Doune, Callander, Stirling University, the Hillfoots and Fife. Many don’t run on Sundays and/or are infrequent so need planning.
- The Trossachs: There are demand responsive taxis at bus prices which need to be booked 24hrs in advance. Stirling Council website - Demand Responsive Transport
- Within Dunblane: Local bus C66 and C67 do a circuit from Argyle and Whitecross estates to the town centre shops and health centre 3 or 4 times a day. Local Bus timetables: Travel search website - bus list
Dunblane is just 6 miles north of Stirling at the end of the M9. Google Map
The three nearby airports offer domestic and international flights. Car hire and public transport may be included in the ticket price.
- Edinburgh Airport is 8 miles west of Edinburgh on the Glasgow A8, 38 miles from Dunblane via M9. Trams will soon link the airport with the city. Regular Airlink bus service go to Haymarket and Waverley in Edinburgh (30 mins) to link with the train (60 mins) to Dunblane. It is possible to get a bus from near Edinburgh Park station avoiding the city.
- Glasgow Airport is 8 miles west of the city centre off the M8, junction 28, and 44 miles from Dunblane. There is a Shuttle bus (25 mins) to Glasgow Queen St station and then train (40 mins) to Dunblane. Airport taxis go to Glasgow City Centre.
- Prestwick International Airport is near Ayr and 67 miles from Dunblane. This airport offers free/discounted train travel (50 min) to Glasgow Central station. From there it's a 6 min walk/free bus to Queen St station and then train (40 mins) to Dunblane.
Cycles are carried free on trains but usually need booking for long distance journeys. There is usually space for cycles on local off peak trains to extend day rides, and a folding bike provides the ultimate flexibility on buses too. Bikes are carried on Scottish Citylink services free of charge provided they are in an approved box or bag and that there is sufficient space in the luggage hold. See the Scottish Citylink website for further details.
Dunblane is an attractive day ride from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife using canals, old railway lines and rural roads; links with NCN 76 Round the Forth and just 12 miles from Lochs and Glens NCN 7. Dunblane is now linked with Stirling via NCN765 through Glen Road SSSI and on to Doune.; then take the Deanston back road to Callander. The quiet rural roads to Perth and Crieff make Dunblane particularly well connected in all directions, and in lovely scenic cycling country.