Resurfacing of Dunblane’s Historic Route welcomed by cyclists and walkers

Dunblane cyclists and walkers have welcomed the resurfacing of a short section of the National Cycle Network (NCN) 765 between Doune and Dunblane.

The works, which saw an existing farm track (the historic Old Doune Road) upgraded to a tarmacked surface, were carried out over February and March by Stirling Council, in partnership with Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland, and the local landowner.

Sustrans Scotland volunteer and local resident Bridget Clark said the community was delighted that the track had been upgraded to accommodate all abilities. She added: “The track is now perfect for commuting cyclists, school children, families, cycle tourists, walking groups and people using disability scooters to get out into the country with spectacular views over the Trossachs.   

“People can then follow the NCN 765 signs down a path to cross the A820 and reach the popular old railway line into Doune.”

Leaders of the local health and buggy walking groups welcomed the upgrade and said, “We’re really pleased to add the route to our schedule, since it was too wet and muddy before, particularly for the mums and their prams and buggies”. Map maker Chris Beacock added: “It’s a fantastic cycle to my work in Doune.”

Local teacher Sharon Milne noted, “I feel so much safer than cycling amongst the fast traffic along the road”.

School cycle trainer Cameron McMillan added, “This route will be great for novice cyclists and families to explore and gain confidence in a quiet setting.  We will be launching a new cycling group called DunblanebyCycle on May 7th at the Braeport Centre.”

“Yes and our updated Green Travel Maps will help people explore our local country and heritage” added Bridget. “This ancient route brought St Blane to Dunblane, drovers to the Falkirk Tryst, and the regent Murdoch Stewart who was captured here and beheaded by James 1st at Stirling Castle! “

xOld Doune Road NCN 765

The Stirling Marathon starts at Blairdrummond Safari Park and after nine of the 26.2 miles will arrive in Dunblane via Doune. The 6,500 runners will come down the Doune Road, detour up along George Street, then along the dual carriageway to the Keir roundabout and then to Bridge of Allan. See the route through Dunblane.

The race starts at 9.00am, so the first runners could be in Dunblane around 9.40. Road closures are likely to be between around 5.00am and midday - hopefully nearer the time there will be more information.

Go to the Marathon Website    Information from Stirling Council    Marathon Map


Transition Stirling is a Stirling based environmental charity; in the past year we have opened a new community resource offering free tool loans to individuals and community groups accross the Stirling area.

The tool library works just like an ordinary library, except instead of borrowing books you can borrow all sorts of equipment.  We have over 300 items in our tool library; from sewing machines and drills & saws to mechanical tools, gardening tools and cooking equipment.  We are currently looking forward to being able to offer a delivery service for this which will also enable us to deliver tools and equipment to people accross the region. You can find out more information and view our tool library catalogue online through our website at

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Lyndsay Sutton, Project Officer, Transition Stirling

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Calling all cycling


Whether you are regular confident free-wheeling road/mountain bikers, relying on electric motors, still on your balance bike or just thinking of starting from scratch, we want to meet you.

Dunblane by Cycle is a new community group that emerged after the success of Discover Dunblane's participation in European Mobility Week in September 2016. 

Our primary aim is to support cycling as a practical and safe means of everyday transport for all ages within, to and from Dunblane


Sunday 7th May from 1:30-3:30 pm 

Braeport Community Centre

All committed or aspirant cyclists are welcome to drop-in and join us (preferably with wheels!) to:

  • learn more about our plans for the year
  • get advice on how to prepare your bike for summer
  • sample some of Dunblane's cycle ways
  • have some family fun

Event Programme

For further information:

  • drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • look at a summary of how we plan to operate
  • see our full constitution.
  • explore local cycling routes on Dunblane's Green Travel Map

Read the article from the Stirling Observer

Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at:

A public hearing will be held on
Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 1400 in the Cathedral Halls?  This is about
Allanwater Development’s attempts to build on the top of Holmehill. 


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On 2nd March 2017 Stirling Council’s Local Review Body rejected Allanwater Developments’ two appeals against the Council’s Planners.   Allanwater had put forward two plans for the same spot on the top of Holmehill: one for a luxury private house and the other for an office block.   These were originally rejected last year; yesterday the Council’s Local Review Body confirmed these rejections.

In presenting their decision, members of the LRB noted that planning decisions have to reflect the policies currently in force.   This once again underlined two key points: firstly that although a mansion was demolished on the site 37 years ago, it would be wrong to build another today; and secondly that a planning agreement signed in 1987 is no longer relevant.

Read about the two planning applications

Go to the Homelhill Website and Blog

Image: Stirling Council Headquarters, Viewforth.

Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at:

In conjunction with the Electoral Reform Society, Dunblane Community Council is looking to engage with as many woman as possible for this event. It's a chance to hear how some community projects have taken off and to brainstorm ideas for our own local community. Find out more

Sunday 23 April 2017 from 11:00 to 15:30 in the Braeport Centre, Dunblane FK15 0AT

It will be a safe space where everyone's view is important and should be a fun day. There will be teas and coffee available, please bring your lunch or be ready to make a short walk to the town for lunch. We might be lucky to have some home baking though! The event is free to attend but we would welcome donations if you can afford anything to contribute towards the hire of the hall that would be very much appreciated.

Please spread the word and we look forward to seeing you on the day.



Bartys lawyers in Dunblane is to merge with WJM.  It will be business as usual once the merger goes through at the end of May.  WJM has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.

There are of course other lawyers in Dunblane such as McLean and Stewart.

The Dunblane Centre has developed an imaginative new outdoors area thanks to funding from a number of local sources. Essential groundworks are almost complete while structures such as allotment beds, an education shack and a willow dome have been installed.

Read the article from the Stirling Observer dated 12 April 2017

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