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Dunblane Travel Guide - Scotland

The name of this village in Scotland comes from its founder, the Celtic missionary, St. Blane. He established a monastery in Dunblane in 602 and after his death the village became a stronghold Culdee Church. The cathedral is still here today amid the charming architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. There is an old–world feeling to the older part of the town as if you have just stepped back through the pages of history.

In the Dunblane Cathedral, you can see two cross–slabs that date back to the 10th and 11th centuries and the bell tower of this church dates back to the 1100's. This church is only one of a few in Scotland that has retained its medieval choir stalls and although the church is still used, it is under the care of Historic Scotland. Just a short distance away from the church you can see the ruins of the Bishop's Palace. You can visit the Leighton Library, the oldest private library in Scotland. However, it is open to the public on certain times during the summer. You can get a glimpse of what life was like in the medieval times of Dunblane with a visit to the museum. This is located in a home dating back to the 17th century and still has many of the furnishings typical of homes in that period.

An ancient doorway in Dunblane Cathedral, Perthshire, Scotland Dunblane is a very popular place to live for many reasons. It is conveniently close to Glasgow, so it is good for commuting. The high school is reputed to be one of the best in Scotland and the town is quite close to the University of Stirling, which makes it a good place for students to live. However, for a town of its size, with a population of 10,000, there is only one supermarket here. There is an array of craft stores, where you can buy the famous Dunblane tartan. This is one of the most complicated of the Scottish tartans to weave because it contains 14 colours.

Dunblane is infamous for the Dunblane Massacre when 16 children and their teacher were shot on March 13, 1996. You can see the memorial to the slain in the town's cemetery. Throughout history, Dunblane has not been a stranger to fighting. It was just east of here that the Jacobite uprising ended in 1715 at the Battle of Sheriffmuir. The great burial mounds where the fallen were buried are still visible. It was also here that Bonnie Prince Charlie stopped to rest on his way south in 1745.

When you come to this village you can enjoy charming walks along the riverside and hill walking. Walk to the Dun, the wooded hill where St. Blane lived 1400 years ago, visit the Cathedral Museum and gaze in awe at the whitewashed weavers cottages in the historic district of Ramboyle. The roofs are now slated, rather than thatched, but little else about them has changed.