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Dunblane’s Green Travel Map - Updated April 2016

The Green Travel Map shows the local footpaths and quiet cycle routes around Dunblane and surrounding area. Printed copies are available from Dunblane Library and Museum. You can click on the image below to see a larger version or you can download the pdf versions using the links provided.

NEW! Cycle rides and walks available here from Wikiloc – DunblaneCycle

Dunblane AREA map

 

  Dunblane Area Map

 

  Dunblane City Map

 

  Dunblane Street Indexed Map

Welcome to Dunblane Maps

These maps provides visitors with orientation on arrival and suggestions of places of interest to explore

Welcome to Dunblane Map

The map below highlights the town centre and riverside gardens.

Haining signboard - welcome to Dunblane

Dunblane Community Paths

Dunblane community paths leaflet  

The Dunblane Community Paths leaflet was updated in 2013 by Dunblane Community Council. The leaflet gives details of 6 walks varying in length from 3 - 7 miles through open countryside and along the banks of the Allan Water.  Copies of the leaflet may be obtained in the Library, Cathedral, Post Office and at various other locations in Dunblane - it may also be downloaded here and here.  

Please note that the Darn Walk was extensively damaged in August 2012 by flash floods. As a result, a new section of walk, leading past Milsey Bank House and coming out at Lecropt School, was added to get round the section of the Darn Walk that has been closed because a bridge was washed away. The new section of the route was added to the map and is shown in the leaflet. 

Leaflets are also available for walks in our neighbouring communities : Doune and Deanston and Bridge of Allan.

Holmehill Green Walks 

Holmehill Walks leaflet  

The Holmehill Community Buyout website has a leaflet detailing some walks in Central Dunblane. Printed copies of the leaflet are available free from Dunblane Library, Dunblane Cathedral and Dunblane Museum or you can download Green Walks in Central Dunblane.

Dunblane Heritage Walk

Dunblane Heritage paths  

Leaflet produced by Dunblane Local History Society available from Dunblane Museum.  Also sometimes available during the year, a one-hour guided tour through 2,000 years of history led by members of the Dunblane Civic and History Societies. Contact the Museum for details or visit Explore Stirling - Dunblane Heritage Trail.

Follow Robert Louis Stevenson

The new ‘Stevenson Way’ http://www.kidnapped130.com/route/  is a wilderness walk from Mull to South Queensferry, which passes through Dunblane. It follows the route made by young David Balfour in ‘Kidnapped’, just 6 years after the final defeat and punishments of the Jacobites.
Here are 2 easy walks and 2 cycle rides which follow part of the route and go to local places that inspired RLS.  Wikiloc - DunblaneCycle link.

Follow the Battle of Sheriffmuir - 1715

A walk and a glorious cycle ride go from where the Jacobites and Government forces camped the frosty night before the battle, and where they fought or fled. The landcape helps to inform the story. DunblaneCycle link

Stirling University Campus

Stirling University's 300 acre campus situated at the foot of the Ochil hills has beautiful walks with views to the Wallace Monument and across the Forth Valley.  A map is available here.  

Stirling City Cycling

Stirling City Cycling Map produced by Stirling Council is available at various outlets. More info here.  There is also useful information on cycling in the Stirling area at Forth Environmental Link - Cycle Stirling.

Stirling Cycle Hub at Stirling station, provides information, maps, local rides, bike hire 01786 474160

SSRG bike rides

Cycle rides developed by the Stirlingshire Sustrans Rangers Group (SSRG) can be found here.

Cycle Hire

Cycles can be hired from the following places:

Stirling : Stirling Cycle Hub at the station. Nextbike from locations around Stirling, Bridge of Allan and the University

Callander: Wheelology/Mounter Bikes Phone 01877 331052 or visit their website.

Wheels Cycling Centre, Callander Phone 01877 331100. Also ex-hire bikes can be bought. Also now provides FABB all ability bikes.

Loch Katrine Katrine Wheelz Phone 01877 376366

Comrie Croft (between Comrie and Crieff) Comrie Croft Bikes Phone 01764 670140

Cheap bikes can be bought from Recyke a bike in Stirling Recyke-a-bike

Cycle shops/repairs

Roots Cycles, Dunblane http://rootscycles.co.uk/ 07799 417582

Stirling cycles http://www.stirlingcycles.co.uk 01786 451559

Recyke a bike http://www.recyke-a-bike.co.uk 01786 447559

Wheels near Callander http://www.scottish-cycling.com 01877 331100

Velocity44, Stirling http://www.velocity44.com 01786 465292

Other Useful Links

OS Maps: Landranger 57 and Explorer 366

Harvey Maps, Main Street, Doune. Open weekdays. Useful walking map for Ochils, Rob Roy Trail, West Highland Way, Forth Valley and Trossachs Cycle Map, Strathearn Cycling Map and Stirling Touring Map

Rucksac Readers  long distance trail goes through Dunblane.  Also covers Rob Roy Way combined with Harveys Map.

Sustrans NCN Routes2ride:

Free online cycle journey planner: 

Dunblane Rambling Club

Biking Expert Mileage Calculator

 

 

Come to Dunblane to walk, to cycle, to wander about, to see the Town's history + quality environment -  have a look at In Dunblane
 
 

By Public Transport

This journey planner gives all travel options: Traveline Scotland website  0871 200 22 33 (24 hour)

By Rail

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.

National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50 National Rail website  National Rail Enquiries Textphone (for customers with hearing impairments): 0845 60 50 600. You could also try Trainline.

Taxis

  • D & S 01786 821010
  • Moores 01786 824888
  • Copeland 01786 824444/07442507810 (wheelchair accessible)
  • Citicabs (wheelchair accessible) 01786 465557

By Bus

  • 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

By Road

Dunblane is just 6 miles north of Stirling at the end of the M9. Google Map

Airports

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 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 : 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.

By Cycle

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.