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 line 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. Alternatively, the sleeper service enables a full 2 day relaxing weekend away. Cycles are carried free but 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.
The Strathallan Comunity Rail Partnership seeks to link the railway with the community. Here is their website
See our Taxis Webpage
- 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 C48 does a circuit from Argyle and Whitecross estates to the town centre shops and health centre 3 or 4 times a day. Live bus times can be viewed on the station plaza information board. Local Bus timetables: Travel search website - bus list and Traveline Scotland.
Dunblane is just 6 miles north of Stirling at the end of the M9. Google Map
Three airports offer both domestic and international flights.
- Edinburgh : Edinburgh Airport is 8 miles west of Edinburgh on the Glasgow A8, 38 miles from Dunblane via M9. Trams and buses go between the airport and the city. The tram links with the train to/from Dunblane beside Edinburgh Park Station - buy your ticket at the tram machine.
- Glasgow : 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 : 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.