With idyllic river walks, hilly trails and well-maintained cycle routes, Dunblane is the perfect destination for those looking to get a bit of outdoor exercise. Strike out into the picturesque Perthshire countryside or hire a bike and take a picnic on a long cycle ride around the area.
Footpath and cycle route maps of the area are available from Dunblane Library and Museum.
Dunblane Heritage Trail
Take a walk through the town on a one-hour guided tour through 2,000 years of history. The Dunblane Heritage Walk is led by the Dunblane Civic and History societies and takes participants on a stroll through historical sites and landmarks throughout the area, including the cathedral, Bishop’s Palace, the Meal Mill and more. Take a photo with Andy Murray's golden postbox in the centre of the town while you're there!
Contact the Dunblane Museum for more details.
Follow the Battle of Sheriffmuir
Get a detailed map of the town from the Dunblane Museum and follow the ancient Battle of Sheriffmuir. Sheriffmuir is a remote elevated plateu of heathland on the north fringe of the Ochil Hills, a 3-mile walk from the hotel. Either walk or cycle the route where Jacobite and government soldiers marched, camped and fought in 1715.
Take a stroll along the Allan Water towards Memorial Park, Bleaching Green and on to the Faerie Bridge. Do some bird watching along the way and breathe in some fresh Scottish air.
Holmehill is the hilltop fortress of St Blane, dating back to 602 AD. Its beautiful, elevated location offers a picturesque walk with a wide variety of trees, foliage and wildlife to view along the way.
The Family Friendly Sculpture Trail
Head to Loch Ard Forest between Aberfoyle and the foothills of Loch Lomond to absorb the beauty of the loch and the huge mixed forest. Enjoy stunning views, amazing sculptures by local artists and a children’s game that will keep your little ones entertained on your way round the trail. Suitable for cyclists and walkers, with an excellent map available from the visitor centre in the Main Street of Aberfoyle, from The Lodge and at one of the starting points of the trail at Milton car park, just west of Aberfoyle.
The Sustrans National Cycle Route 7
National Route 7 links Sunderland and Inverness and forms two-thirds of the famous Sea to Sea cycle route, passing through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs on the way. The route is 601 miles long, but don’t worry, you don’t have to complete the whole route! The route connects many towns and villages through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, so you can decide where you want to begin and end your journey. There are loads of picturesque villages and scenic picnic spots along the way, making it a perfect family cycle route.
The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path
The cycle route is 17 miles long and runs along the west bank of Loch Lomond. The route starts near the train station in Balloch or from Arrochar and Tarbet railway station. This scenic waterside path is suitable for cycling, walking or horse riding. Along the way you’ll pass some charming villages and ancient woods filled with foliage and wildlife.
The Great Trossachs Forest Art & Literature Trail
On the Great Trossachs Path you’ll discover a fascinating trail that allows you to follow in the footsteps of great artists, writers and musicians who were inspired by the beauty of the area through the centuries. Walk through Brig o’ Turk, Loch Katrine and Inversnaid and read a series of book panels and wind-up sound stories about the artists who wrote about each location. Learn more about Sir Walter Scott, Dorothy and William Wordsworth, Jules Verne and others and how these artists created the popular allure of the Trossachs in their works.
Find out more about the trail here.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is a 20-minute drive from the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro hotel. There is handy car parking, visitor centres and restaurants throughout the park. Aberfoyle is a 30-minute drive from the hotel and Dunblane Museum is an 11-minute walk away. The hotel also boasts some beautiful paths and grounds for you to explore without going too far afield!
If you need any help finding these trails or routes, fee free to talk to our reception team who will be happy to find you maps and point you in the right direction. Check out our Trek Dunblane offer which offers an overnight stay, dinner in The Kailyard by Nick Nairn, breakfast in the morning and a walking guide with picnic when you head out for a countryside walk. Bliss!