Things to do
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
Welcome to Dunblane Maps
These maps provides visitors with orientation on arrival and suggestions of places of interest to explore
The map below highlights the town centre and riverside gardens.
Dunblane Community Paths
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.
Holmehill Green Walks
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
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.
Cycles can be hired from the following places:
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
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
See other clubs listed under Groups & Clubs
- Aerial Classes at the Dunblane Centre
- Dunblane Bowling Club
- Dunblane Buggy Walks
- Dunblane Centre
- Dunblane Curling Club
- Dunblane Fencing Club
- Dunblane Netball Club
- Dunblane New Golf Club
- Dunblane Rambling Club
- Dunblane Soccer Club
- Dunblane Sports Club
- Dunblane Thistle Football Club
- Loch Ard Sailing Club
- Step in with Susan - Nia Classes
- Swimming Lessons In Dunblane
- Yoga with Mairi at Victoria Hall