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Dunblane offers lovely walks for everyone; around the historic town, along the river, through parks, out to Doune, up to Sheriffmuir, up Dumyat and over the Ochils. Some can be walked one way returning by train or bus. See below for 8 downloadable popular walks.
There are also local led walks from short health walks, bump and buggy walks, dementia friendly, 2 hour rambles and local walking clubs. More info below.
Our Dunblane Area Green Travel Maps indicate paths and steps in town, the main paths in the surrounding countryside to local attractions, and local services. They can be picked up at the local Library or museum, or can be downloaded from our Travel Maps page.
Dunblane Heritage Walk
A leaflet produced by Dunblane Local History Society is available from Dunblane Museum. Also sometimes available, 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. A heritage trail is on Explore Stirling - Dunblane Heritage Trail.
Welcome to Dunblane Map
Welcome to Dunblane maps of the Town Centre attractions are situated at the Haining and Millrow carparks and can be viewed and downloaded here. We also have an informative guide here : In Dunblane and a map and local business guide here : Dunblane Map and Local Guide
Dunblane Community Paths
This leaflet details 6 popular walks from 3 – 7 miles; along the banks of the Allan Water north to Ashfield/Kinbuck, or south to Bridge of Allan (can return by train), out to Doune, and up to Sheriffmuir. It can be downloaded here and here. Also see more downloadable walks below.
Holmehill Green Walks
The Holmehill Community Buyout created a leaflet detailing some green walks in Central Dunblane.
Download here : Green Walks in Central Dunblane.
Strathallan Community Rail Partnership
A scenic and straightforward riverside walk linking Dunblane with the village of Ashfield - 4.5 miles. View Map
A leisurely walk alongside Dunblane golf course to Glen road and Darn road.Can be muddy and slippy - 4.3 miles. View Map
Bridge of Allan and the Carse of Lecropt - 4 miles. View Map
Bridge of Allan to Dumyat - 8.3 miles. View Map
Short Walks around Dunblane
Allan Water/Laighills Loop – 2 miles
Walk by the riverside gardens, old mills, across Faery Bridge into Laighills Park, returning by the medieval cathedral, Victorian high St and old bridge – parts dating from 1409.
Holmehill and Ochlochy Park Loop – 1.8 miles
Cross the ancient bridge (1409) and along the river to the cathedral, through Holmehill - the Dun of Dunblane, used for waiting cattle at market, a private mansion, now a community park. Ochlochy Park hosts mallard, tufted duck, moorhen, swans and was previously a curling pond. Water from the Minnie Burn supplied town water and steam trains.
Longer Community Path Walks
Darn Walk/Glen Road through Kippenrait Glen – 7 miles (or 3 miles one way)
Ancient Darn Road by the Allan Water, by RL Stevenson’s cave, returning by Glen Road in Kippenrait Glen. Option of returning by train or bus from Bridge of Allan. Read the Herald article
Dunblane to Ashfield – 5 miles
A lovely walk along the banks of Allan Water, through Laighhills Park to Ashfield - a planned mill village. Back through Ramoyle weaving cottages, past the medieval cathedral and Victorian High St shops.
Kippendavie Estate Walks – several different routes
Recently upgraded paths network - well worth a visit.
Paths can take you to the gathering stone and the Clan Macrae monument to the Battle of Sherrifmuir.
Up to Sheriffmuir – 6.5 miles
Past the medieval Cathedral and market place, walk past the Hydro on the old road up to Sheriffmuir – scene of the Jacobite battle in 1715. Last stance for thousands of highland Cattle and sheep enroute to Falkirk Tryst. Also where the army practiced with the Atlantic Wall before Dunkirk.
Dunblane to Doune castle - 4 miles one way
A lovely scenic walk to or from Doune castle - built by Duke of Albany, caretaker for James 1 whilst he was in prison in England. Murdoch was captured riding his horse to Dunblane, and beheaded at Stirling castle. Now better known for Monty Python and Outlander etc! An optional one-way walk using the bus 1, or 59 via Stirling.
Explore the Ochils
Our local hill Dumyat – a prominent top in the Ochils is an easy walk from Pendreich carpark but can also be walked from the University and is a pleasant one way walk to/from Dunblane. Other noteworthy walks are via Lossburn reservoir to Blairlogie, with refreshments at the Coffee Bothy, and Hillfoots bus back. Or via Jerah to Menstrie. Or over the tops of the Ochils to Dollar, and Bus back. Here are 2 options.
Dumyat – from University to Glen road, Dunblane – 10 miles
After climbing Dumyat for lovely views, the route back is easy mostly along empty hill roads. Start by getting a bus towards the University or in reverse.
Dunblane over the Ochils to Menstrie – 9 miles
Good tracks take you easily over the Ochils with lovely views. Catch buses back changing at Causewayhead or Stirling. Here is Tilhill's walks signboard and their map
Weekly led walks are co-ordinated by Active Stirling with some starting from Dunblane;
Short health walks, Community Walks, Buggy and Bump, Dementia friendly, Nordic walks.
Dunblane Rambling Club have a programme of led walks every other Sunday sharing the cost of transport, and alternating with Stirling Hillwalking Club.
Two long distance wilderness walks passing through Dunblane
The ‘Stevenson Way’ 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 which follow part of the route and go to local places that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson when he came on holiday.
Dunblane Stevenson Walk 1
Dunblane Stevenson Walk 2
The Mary Queen of Scots Way - Arrochar to St Andrews
Other useful information
Stirling University Campus and MacRobert Arts Centre
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 showing paths and food outlets here.
Bridge of Allan Community Paths leaflet can be downloaded here.
Doune & Deanston Community Paths leaflet can be downloaded here. More local information from Kilmadock Information Centre, Doune
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.
The Society meets at Dunblane Cathedral Halls at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month in September, October, November, January, February, and April. Currently the March meeting is a joint one with the Civic Society and is held in the Victoria Hall on the second Monday in March. We have a speaker each month who usually deals with a topic of local interest - check out the What's On calendar for details of each meeting.
Visitors are welcome to our talks with an admission charge of £2.00 for non members that includes tea/coffee and biscuits.