Located just north of Stirling, Dunblane is brimming with charm – small, quiet, and perfectly placed for exploring the wilds of Scotland. The town itself is a picturesque hotchpotch of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, old weavers homes and – just outside – grand manor houses. From here you could scale castle walls, conquer mountains, explore the big cities or just savour the luxury of your very own private country retreat.
A beautiful, traditional little town at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.
Things to do
From the comfort of your luxury hotel, many of Scotland’s major cities and must-see sights are within easy reach. You could delve into Scottish history and visit Stirling, home to the imposing castle and inspiring Wallace Monument. Experience the raw beauty of the landscape with a visit to Loch Lomond. While just under 50 miles away are the cultural hotspots of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Hillsides cloaked in heather. Mirror-flat lochs framed by woodland. Steep mountains shrouded in mist. The countryside around Dunblane is nothing short of epic – the ideal setting for grouse hunting, trout fishing, hiking and archery or (for the adrenaline seeker) off-road driving. Or you could savour it slowly with a comfy chair and a glass of single malt.
With so much space on your doorstep, it’s not surprising that the area is a magnet for golfers, anglers and walkers. You could take on one of Dunblane’s own challenging courses or play one of the game’s icons at Gleneagles or Carnoustie. The wide rivers and tranquil lochs seem almost tailor-made for fishing. Or, if you prefer your sport with a bit more muscle, time your visit to coincide with the Highland Games.
Dunblane is the hometown of Grand-Slam winner Andy Murray and you can stay in his exclusive country retreat at Cromlix.
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