Work in Progress!

There has been some good progress of planting, fencing and digger work to help stabilise and repair the path and improve drainage along it. As we volunteers know it will all green up very quickly. In addition a survey above the path has highlighted the need to repair some old drainage to help reduce erosion and extend the life of the path – but this needs some extra funds, which we are trying to secure to maximise the efficiency of the ongoing works.

Funds!

We are pleased to say that the 4 grant applications in the original budget were successful - 8000 from Sustrans, 9000 from CSET, 1500 from Community Pride and 1500 from Scotways. We have also reached 3000 for the Kindlink appeal which is fantastic, but still have another 2000 to go.
For the additional drainage works we have applied to Paths for All and are approaching some other sources.

Please pass the word on and keep up the generosity to help us reach our target for the public appeal at https://www.kindlink.com/charity/dunblane-development-trust/1953/fundraising

Donors have written some lovely comments
“Love this path and thanks to all the volunteers that work so hard to keep it open"
"The Glen Road is the most tranquil and safe cycling route between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan and should be preserved”.
"I always enjoy my commute by bike into Stirling through the Glen"
"Hoping to be able to continue enjoying the Glen walk for many years to come."
"I love cycling this route. Must keep it open.”
"Happy to add my labour, if needed."
"Thanks very much to everyone for all their hard work on this - good to keep such an excellent path open!"
"Thank you for doing this! We love this walk:-)"
"I love walking this route and so do many others. Thank you for keeping it open."

Many thanks to everyone!

Bridget Clark, Duncan Lavery, Mike Watson
Volunteer coordinators and representatives from Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

See original article here : http://www.dunblane.info/component/k2/1471-glen-road-path-appeal

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BT have a proposal to remove one telephone box in Dunblane - Kippendavie Avenue used 19 times in the last 12 months.

Contact the local authority if you have any comments.

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Since closing as a road for vehicles in 1987 due to landslips between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, both communities have fought hard to retain this popular walking, running and cycling path.

In 2011 the communities came together (via Dunblane Development Trust & Bridge of Allan Community Council) with engineering advice from IKM. We matched funds with Sustrans to rescue this core path and link the national cycle route 765 between our communities, in cooperation with SNH, Stirling Council and 3 landowners.

Since then volunteers have managed the drains and vegetation, with support from Stirling Council for larger fallen trees, but now the concern is that some areas of the path will be lost to erosion without urgent attention this year.

So our volunteer engineer, Ian from IKM Consulting, has provided advice and proposals which have been approved by SNH, Stirling Council and landowners, and we are sourcing funds from Sustrans, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust, Scotways and Community Pride. However we have a shortfall of around £5000 – hence this public appeal.

We have set up an Old Glen Road Path appeal page with Kindlink – a free fundraising platform for charities, via Dunblane Development Trust who are managing the funds for the project. Donate at;
https://www.kindlink.com/charity/dunblane-development-trust/1953/fundraising 

If you use the route and want it to be retained please donate so we can complete the work this year and minimise costs.

Thank you very much!

Bridget Clark, Duncan Lavery, Mike Watson
Volunteer coordinators and representatives from Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

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First Responders Meeting : Six potential volunteers come forward

Download the Poster                Read the Stirling Observer article on 120419                   Read the Stirling Observer article on 170419

A new team of First Responders is being established in Dunblane under the auspices of Trossachs Search & Rescue. If you are interested in hearing about the First Responder service and finding out what is involved in becoming a volunteer First Responder, then contact Trossachs Search & Rescue

A public meeting was held on Wednesday 24 April in the Braeport Centre. The meeting was jointly sponsored by Scottish Ambulance Service, Trossachs Search & Rescue and Dunblane Community Council.

What are First Responders?
First responders attend emergency calls prior to the arrival of an emergency ambulance in order to provide lifesaving treatment, stabilise patients and promote recovery.

They receive training from the Scottish Ambulance Service that qualifies them to respond to a variety of life threatening conditions.

On duty personnel are dispatched by the Ambulance Control Centres after an emergency ambulance has first been directed to attend.

 

What happened to Dunblane First Responders (DFR)
DFR provided a valuable service in Dunblane for nearly a decade. The group is no longer in a position to provide a First Responder service in the town.

 

Who are Trossachs Search & Rescue (TSAR)
TSAR already provides a First Responder service in Stirling’s rural areas including Doune and Callander. Read more at https://www.trossachs-sar.com/. The group was invited by Dunblane Community Council to expand their area of operation to include Dunblane

 

 

 

Stirling Council's cross party School Holiday Meals Provision Task Group has been working to develop a Stirling model of school holiday meal provision and activities, with a particular focus on tackling poverty and disadvantage. The group has asked that we send out a survey to local community groups and organisations to find out what holiday clubs are operating across the area. This will help us to map out existing provision and to see where there may be scope to support existing holiday clubs or to encourage the establishment of holiday clubs in areas of unmet need.

The survey will close on June 2nd 2019.

The link to the survey can be found here: http://bit.ly/HolidayFoodStirlingCouncil2019

This will help the task group to map out existing provision and to see where there may be scope to support existing holiday clubs or to encourage the establishment of holiday clubs in areas of unmet need.

Download the Poster                Read the Stirling Observer article on 120419                   Read the Stirling Observer article on 170419

A new team of First Responders is being established in Dunblane under the auspices of Trossachs Search & Rescue. If you are interested in hearing about the First Responder service and finding out what is involved in becoming a volunteer First Responder, then contact Trossachs Search & Rescue

A public meeting was held on Wednesday 24 April in the Braeport Centre. The meeting was jointly sponsored by Scottish Ambulance Service, Trossachs Search & Rescue and Dunblane Community Council.

What are First Responders?
First responders attend emergency calls prior to the arrival of an emergency ambulance in order to provide lifesaving treatment, stabilise patients and promote recovery.

They receive training from the Scottish Ambulance Service that qualifies them to respond to a variety of life threatening conditions.

On duty personnel are dispatched by the Ambulance Control Centres after an emergency ambulance has first been directed to attend.

 

What happened to Dunblane First Responders (DFR)
DFR provided a valuable service in Dunblane for nearly a decade. The group is no longer in a position to provide a First Responder service in the town.

 

Who are Trossachs Search & Rescue (TSAR)
TSAR already provides a First Responder service in Stirling’s rural areas including Doune and Callander. Read more at https://www.trossachs-sar.com/. The group was invited by Dunblane Community Council to expand their area of operation to include Dunblane

 

 

 

                               

Adam wows judges with Rubik’s trick

 

A Dunblane youngster is off to Las Vegas after winning top honours at a magic competition in London.  Eighteen-year-old Adam Black was awarded the Magic Circle’s young magician of the year title at their London headquarters. Adam beat five other young magicians, performing his signature Rubik’s cube routine, to take home the prize. Former Dunblane High School pupil Adam “still can’t quite believe it” and hopes he will be able to make a career out of his success. Taking to social media after winning the prize, he said: “Over the moon to announce that I have won Young Magician of the Year.“Thank you to everyone who has helped with the act and huge congratulations to all the other competitors, you all did great!”
Along with a trophy, Adam will also receive free membership of the Magic Circle and a trip to Las Vegas to visit McBride Magic and Mystery School. As a member of the group, he will be able to attend their events as well as learn tricks from the group’s seasoned professionals. Adam discovered his love of magic at the age of 10, after watching a live performance at Stirling Castle. He said: “I saw the magicians and was amazed, I said to myself ‘I want to do that.’”
Before taking to stage magic, Adam practised a few tricks he found online and showed them to his friends. From there, he joined a Young Magicians Club and has performed at a number of Dunblane Boys’ Brigade concerts and pantomimes over the years.

 

Along with card tricks, Adam’s specialist trick involves solving a Rubik’s cube in 15 seconds, before placing an unsolved cube in a paper bag. He then hands the bag to a volunteer, who opens the bag to find that the cube has been solved.
In 2017, Adam went on a work experience placement with the Edinburgh International Magic Festival, which saw him meet his magic heroes Penn and Teller. He said: “It was a great feeling, I’ve been watching their performances for years.” Adam will be performing on the Forth Valley Magic Circle’s annual Tricks at the Tryst which takes place on May 11 at Falkirk Town Hall. On the night, he’ll be performing the routine which won him his Young Magician of the Year award. Magic Circle club president Scott Penrose congratulated Adam on his success. He said: “It’s great to see so much fresh magic and the magicians of the future compete for this wonderful trophy. “Adam will no doubt have a great future following in the footsteps of some many others who have gone on to establish a great career.”

 

runners

Running is popular in the Dunblane area from fun runs to marathons.

Running Events

Dunblane 12k road Race – end May https://www.entrycentral.com/dunblaneroadrace
It is run along a popular training route. https://www.plotaroute.com/route/798175

Stirling Cross Country championships – January

Stirling Marathon comes through Dunblane and half Marathon – April
https://www.greatrun.org/great-stirling-run/event-info

Stirling University 10k Run for Life - in May
https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/find-an-event/university-of-stirling-10k-2019-05-12-0000

Dumyat Hill Race – University - in May http://www.scottishhillracing.co.uk/RaceDetails.aspx?RaceID=RA-0036

Ochil Ultra hill race - from University to Perth, with relay option - September https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Ochil-Ultra

Stirling 10k and 2k – September
http://www.centralathletics.co.uk/competition/stirling-10k/

Strathcarron 10k and family fun run - October

Running groups

Dunblane runners
Run4it – Bridge of Allan shop
Ochil Runners
Central Athletic Club

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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.

Local Maps

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 below.
Dunblane Area Map
Dunblane City Map
Dunblane Street Indexed Map.

Dunblane Heritage Walk

Dunblane Heritage paths

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 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

Dunblane 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.

Leaflets are also available for walks in our neighbouring communities : Doune and Deanston and Bridge of Allan.







Holmehill Green Walks 

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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

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A scenic and straightforward riverside walk linking Dunblane with the village of Ashfield - 4.5 miles. View Map

A gently undulating walk along open countryside, woodland and riverside between Dunblane & Bridge of Allan - 2.8 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..

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.

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

ochilsOur 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.

 

 

 

 

Led Walks 

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.  

Neighbouring villages
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.

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