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Historic Dunblane

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Explore the rich history of our beloved town of Dunblane, one of the oldest settlements in Scotland. From Roman invasions to ancient battles, princes and kings, the town has been at the heart of Scotland's heritage for centuries.

The Romans in Dunblane

Before the town of Dunblane was founded in the 7th century, the Roman Army held a camp on its site during their conquest of Britain. In the first century AD, the area was at the frontier of the Roman Empire and was positioned on the route of a Roman Road going northwards towards Perth.

The remains of three camps, a signal station and a small fort were discovered in 1950. For an insight into this period, visit Ardoch which is just north of Dunblane and explore the best preserved Roman fort in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Dunblane Cathedral

Constructed on the initiative of Bishop Clement in the 13th century, Dunblane Cathedral is one of the finest medieval churches in Scotland – definitely worth a visit during your stay at the hotel. In the 16th century, following the reformation, the roof of the cathedral's nave collapsed and it remained roofless for 300 years! It was restored to its former glory in the late 19th century. Today, the cathedral is in the care of Historic Scotland and still serves the community of Dunblane with a congregation of 1200.

Historic Battles

The armies of William the Conqueror marched through the town of Dunblane, stripping the lead from the cathedral to assist with their siege of Stirling Castle. The followers of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce also passed through to fight in the battles of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.
The site of the battle of Sheriffmuir, which took place during the Jacobite rebellion against the government in 1715, is located just three miles North East of Dunblane. The outcome of this battle was the subject of conflicting opinions on either side as portrayed in this poem by an anonymous balladeer:

'Some say that we wan and some say that they wan
And some say that nane won at a', man.
But one thing I'm sure that at Sheriffmuir
A battle was there which I saw man.
And we ran and they ran, and they ran and we ran
And we ran and they ran awa' man.'

Andy Murray

In 2012, the town of Dunblane was the site of huge celebrations following Andy Murray’s Olympic gold medal win. Murray followed this up by winning the US Tennis Open the same year – making him the first British grand slam winner since Fred Perry won it in 1936. On 7th July 2013, the town rejoiced once again as Andy Murray made history, winning the men’s final at Wimbledon. Don’t forget to visit the gold post box located on High Street in Dunblane which was painted gold by Royal Mail to mark Andy's historic Olympic triumph.