Your Complete Guide to Dunblane

Home of Scottish Hero Andrew Murry, Dunblane has an incredible and long history, legend has it that this small was discovered in 602 by the Celtic missionary, St Blane at a ford in the Allan Water. Read this post for things to do in Dunblane and hotels in Dunblane.

The town is a great base for travellers that want to explore the nearby areas of Stirling and Doune. The surrounding areas of Dunblane have lots to offer families – everything from summer camps to festivals. 

My Voyage Scotland have created ‘Your Complete Guide to Dunblane’.

Things to do in Dunblane 

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There is plenty of things to do in Dunblane which is situated a few miles north of Stirling. It is a great holiday destination for families and couples that want to explore one of the most attractive areas in the central belt of Scotland.

Dunblane Cathedral 

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This majestic medieval church in Dunblane dates as far back as the 12th century.

Visitors to the town are enchanted by this architectural gem and it is a four-star VisitScotland attraction. 

The building stands among a clutch of historic buildings, including the 17th century Dean’s House, which has a small museum inside with exhibits on local history. 

Doune The Rabbit Hole

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This festival in Doune happens once a year in July. For those staying in Dunblane, it will take you about ten minutes by car to get here, making the town one of the best locations to stay for festival-goers that want to be close to the site.

This family-friendly festival has live music throughout the weekend as well as DJ workshops, yoga for kids, a food market with a great selection of vendors (including vegan and vegetarian options).

You can also camp throughout the weekend – glamping options are available for those that want to go all out in this stunning area of the Trossachs. 

Dunblane Sports Club

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If you are a tennis fan then Dunblane Sports Club is a must-see spot in Dunblane. This club was where it all started for world-famous tennis players Jamie and Andy Murray who hail from the town.

Summer camps run at this location during July and August, they are extremely popular with locals and tourists that want to plan something for their kids.

Blair Drummond Safari Park

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Not far from Dunblane is one of Scotland’s top family attractions – Blair Drummond Safari Park

During this day out you have the opportunity to see 350 rare and exotic animals. This location is home to Scotland’s only giraffes and Chimp Island. Visitors can take a boat over to see the chimps hanging around.

Blair Drummond is part of a worldwide network of zoos which cares for rare species and supports conservation projects throughout the UK and around the world.

Dunblane New Golf Club 

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This popular golf club in Dunblane invites visitors to join them on their course which is located in the centre of the cathedral City of Dunblane.

Golfers can enjoy 18 hikes in one of the most picturesque areas of Perthshire, as they are spoiled with panoramic views over the Forth Valley and the Campsie Fells. 

Hotels in Dunblane

Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel

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This Victorian-style hotel is situated within 10 acres of landscaped grounds. This stunning location near the town’s centre is just 15 minutes’ walk from Dunblane Railway Station. 

This is the dream destination for couples that want a luxury break in dub lane as there is a LivingWell leisure club onsite which features an indoor swimming pool, steam room, bubble pool, and a sauna. If you would like to treat a loved one massage treatments are also available.

After a day of relaxing at the spa, you can book a table at The Kailyard by Nick Nairn. This Restaurant serves traditional Scottish cuisine in a stylish setting – what a perfect way to end a day in Dunblane.

Cromlix Hotel

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You will fall head over heels for this five-star hotel in Dunblane. The Cromlix Hotel is the perfect getaway 3 miles from Dunblane town centre and 11 miles from Stirling Castle.

Owned by Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray who has won US Open, Olympic and Wimbledon games, he has transformed this stunning Victorian mansion into one of the best luxury hotels in Perthshire. 

Old Churches House

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Although this part of Scotland is a hotspot for luxurious breaks, you can also travel here on a budget. 

The Old Churches House offers its guests great value for money. This three-star hotel flaunts it’s tartan decor and traditional Scottish hospitality and those that stay here love it!

The location of this hotel in Perthshire is awesome as it sits opposite from breathtaking Dunblane Cathedral.

Woodside Hotel

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The Woodside Hotel in Doune is a popular choice amongst travellers that want to explore what Dunblane has on offer as it is just over three miles from the town. 

This location is an excellent choice for families looking for accommodation in this area as there are eleven comfy bedrooms available at the Woodside Hotel, including two family room.

This hotel is roughly 40 miles away from both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. 

Self-catering Dunblane 

Juniper Cottage 

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If you want a self-catering base for your stay in Dunblane check out Juniper cottage. Guest here can hang out in the cottage’s garden and admire the natural surrounding settings. 

At this holiday home is perfect for two as it has one bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen where you can whip up a delightful dinner with local produce from the town centre.

Craighead Howfs: Glamping in Style

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Transport yourself to the magical world of Lord of the Rings at this friendly self-catering option in Dunblane. 

Craighead Howfs offer a unique glamping experience. This resort has Hobbit Howfs built right into the hillside and they are adorned with majestic grassy roofs and colourful round doors. 

Other options are available including a stunning Tree Howf and Summer Howf. A simply magical place to stay in Dunblane.

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