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A drive from Stirling via Bridge of Allan and Dunblane to Lake of Menteith

Dunblane

From Stirling, cros the  road bridge, with the Old Bridge on your left. Continue towards the Wallace Monument. Take the first exit to Bridge of Allan. Continue through Bridge of Allan, past Lecropt Church, and on to the roundabout at the moterway end. Take 4th exit to Dunblane. Follow signs to the Dunblane Town Centre and to the Cathedral, Museum and nearby Leighton Library.

Route Map to Dunblane and Doune from Stirling

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Car park to rear of Cathedral. Return by one-way system to dual carriageway at the Fourways roundabout. Turn right here and follow the dual carriageway downhill, 3rd exit, to the traffic lights, and then follow the right turning signs for Doune.

 Doune

dounenew.JPG (22107 bytes)As you enter Doune, cross the bridge and immediately turn left for 14th century Doune Castle, favourite hunting seat of the Stewart kings. Return to the main road through the village and turn left.

At junction with A84 turn right and in 1 mile on right, you find the Scottish Antiques and Arts Centre.

At this point you may continue on the A84 to Callander which is described on website 'Trossachs and Callander Tourist Information'.

Thornhill and Lake of Menteith

On leaving Antiques Centre turn left on the A84 towards  Doune keeping to the main road and down to cross the River Teith by  the old bridge - reputed to have been built because the ferryman refused to turn out for the king.

Turn right to visit Deanston village. Built to house workers for the water powered cotton mill which is now a distillery.

Return to the main road to continue  back towards Stirling for about 2 miles. Turn   left to Blairdrummond Safari Park’. Return towards Stirling for about a mile or so then turn right to Thornhill. At the west end of Thornhill, turn right then left which takes you after about 6 miles to Port of Menteith on your left down the B8034 to visit. A short boat trip takes you to the island where lies the monastery where Mary Queen of Scots played and sheltered from enemies as a child.

Continue South to the A811 where turn left and return to Stirling.

Visitor Attractions

Blairdrummond Safari Park (open Mar - Oct; charges)
Doune Castle (open all year; charges)
Doune Ponds Nature Trail (open all year; no charge)
Inchmahome Priory (open Apr - Oct; charges)
Dunblane Cathedral (open daily; no charge)
Dunblane Cathedral Museum (open May - Oct; free)
Dunblane Leighton Library (open May - Oct; free)
National Wallace Monument (open all year; charges)
Scottish Antiques & Arts Centre (open daily; free)

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