Although Dunblane is a small town, it has a rich history and there is something for everyone. Whether you want to soak in some of the local historical landmarks, find family friendly activities, or chase after a more adrenaline-filled day, Dunblane and the surrounding towns have got you covered.
We have rounded up five of the most popular things to do in Dunblane, but there are many more things to do. Just ask at reception for some recommendations, and we may even have special offers and discounts for the activities that have already caught your attention.
The Dunblane Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval churches. The building is an interesting combination of architecture from the 11th, 13th and 15th centuries. You don’t have to be a history or architecture buff to appreciate the beautiful pews, stained glass windows, and stonework. It’s still a working church, so you can attend a Sunday service or pop in throughout the week. There is no entry charge.
The Leighton Library
Libraries might not often make the top of your must see list, but the Leighton Library is an exception. As the oldest private library in Scotland, it dates back to 1687. It’s open to the general public and if you visit, you’ll be able to see books that are centuries of years old. A perfect outing for the bibliophile in your family!
The Wallace Monument is world famous for commemorating William Wallace, a 13-century Scottish hero. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the real person the film Braveheart was based on. You won’t only enjoy a beautiful walk up to the monument and the surrounding scenery, but it’s possible to actually enter in. There, you’ll hear about the William Wallace’s amazing achievements and how he became known as the ‘protector of Scotland.” The view from the top is also sure to take your breath away.
You can’t come to Scotland without getting a firsthand look at our most famous export: Whisky. Although technically not located in Dunblane, three local distilleries, Deanston, Tullibardine, and Glengoyne, are only short drives away. When you visit, a guided tour will lead you through the whisky making process and give you insight into the history of each distillery. Of course, you’ll also want to pick up a bottle of award winning whisky on the way out.
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Located a short fifteen minutes drive from the hotel, the Blair Drummond Safari Park is a favourite activity for families. In addition to seeing (and, in some cases, feeding) a wide variety of animals, there are also go carts, swings, sandpits and many other outdoor activities to keep kids entertained. It’s a nice alternative to exploring some of the local historical landmarks.
For more ideas on what to do in Dunblane, we have a list of local attractions and activities. You can also take advantage of our Spring Saver offer, and enjoy a midweek stay from just £87 per night. Your stay will include breakfast and dinner in our amazing signature restaurant, The Kailyard by Nick Nairn.