Ever thought about moving to Dunblane? This Cathedral City is located just a 10-minute drive north of Stirling and is well known for its 13th-century cathedral, attractive surrounding countryside, and world-famous tennis players. However, the locals of this historic town know there is more to Dunblane than meets the eye. The population of Dunblane has grown over the last few years as home buyers are drawn to its central location, reputable schools and, safe, friendly community. Who wouldn’t want to move to this part of the world where town and country living can be enjoyed to the full? We are, of course, somewhat biased so we asked residents of our beautiful town, for their top reasons why they love where they live, and this is what they told us:
1. The range of activities and friendly positive community spirit
There is a plethora of local activities and clubs available for all ages: from golfing, tennis (naturally), fencing and bowling, to the quirkier handbell ringing, Dunblane stone hunting, and Alpaca trekking in the nearby village of Thornhill. There are opportunities locally for many interests and activities, except maybe for the extreme adventurers amongst us. Opened in 2004, the self-funded Dunblane Centre was set up to provide arts, sports and events facilities to the local community, and is a friendly environment which offers fitness classes, pre-school and youth clubs. Local groups such as scouts, girls’ and boys’ brigades and the Air Training Corps are also very popular. For those who like to do their bit for the community there are numerous voluntary groups, from First Responders to Dunblane in Bloom – for the green-fingered amongst us. There is a strong community spirit here and by and large, the people who you encounter on the street are helpful, warm and welcoming which visiting friends regularly comment on.
2. The proximity to stunning countryside
Situated beside the Ochil hills and within an hour of the Trossachs National Park, hillwalkers are spoilt for choice. Closer to home you can enjoy the less arduous woodland walks in the newly upgraded paths of Laighills Park and Sherrifmuir or challenge yourself on the local biking trails. It’s not unusual to meet a variety of wildlife in these tranquil surroundings: grey heron, the occasional kingfisher and red deer can often be encountered on an early morning dog walk.
3. An excellent range of local shops with a first-rate selection of bars and eateries
Substantial investment has recently transformed the town centre, making it visually more attractive and improving accessibility. Adjacent to the Allan Water river, the High Street, offers as range of eateries, gift shops and other local retailers. The town centre retailers also host the annual Christmas Extravaganza event, bringing the community together for an evening of activities and at the same time promoting the town. A few years ago there wasn’t much in the way of nighttime entertainment but now the town boasts an excellent range of restaurants and bistros, including the award winning Another Tilly Tearoom (which serves up first-rate home baking and lunches), the Old Churches House Hotel, The Village Inn, India Gate and The Riverside. For more special occasions we have the choice of The Kailyard by Nick Nairn at the DoubleTree Dunblane Hydro Hotel and the Cromlix Hotel by Kinbuck, just a 5-minute drive from the town.
4. A petite and pretty town which is also home to historically important buildings
The High Street is not large, you can walk from one end to the other in 5-10 minutes, but it boasts charming traditional architecture and some more contemporary buildings which makes for an attractive combination. A wander though the main shopping route leads you to Andy Murray’s golden post box, Leighton Library the “oldest purpose-built library in Scotland” and of course, Dunblane’s impressive 13th Century cathedral which is undoubtedly the best-known feature of the town’s landscape.
The town may be small, but it offers homebuyers a range of choices. It has a traditional town centre with typical Scottish stone-built flats and within a short walk there are charming whitewashed cottages in the conservation area of Ramoyle. To the east of Perth Road, there is a large area of impressive Victorian villas and, as the town has fanned out from the centre, a range of housing has added over the years to include family homes of all sizes and modern executive homes, all of which can be purchased at favourable prices compared to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
5. Central location with ideal transport links
Dunblane has easy access to the A9, making both Glasgow and Edinburgh readily commutable by car – as well as the wider Central belt. To the north, drive through the beautiful Perthshire countryside to reach Perth itself in only a 25 minute. Dunblane’s train station offers regular links to both Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as to Stirling and Perth, and there are frequent buses to these cities as well as local services to the surrounding towns.
6. Dunblane’s schools are very well regarded
The teachers and pupils of Dunblane High School have reason to be proud as the school was recently ranked second in the listings for Scottish state schools for Higher exam results. There is also an excellent choice of schooling for younger children with three primaries in the area. The local schools have strong links with the community and encourage relationships with local businesses and public groups. There are well-supported parent councils which hold regular fund-raising events to improve the amenities and opportunities available to the schools. Only a short distance away, you will also find The University of Stirling, which has ranked in the top five universities in Scotland for criminology, media and communications, education, social work and marketing.
7. Safe environment to raise a family
Undoubtedly, all parents want to provide as safe an environment as possible for their children to grow up and Dunblane’s low crime rates and community character gives many parents the assurance that their children can play outside safe and sound. Outside of the early morning and evening travel times (it really can’t be called rush hour here), the town has very low volumes of traffic which provides a healthier and safer environment for the countless number of children who go to school on foot each day, some in parent-supervised “walking buses”.
Now that you know what makes Dunblane so attractive and such a fantastic place to live, if you are considering a move to the area, feel free to give us a call. Our team in Dunblane has a wealth of knowledge regarding the local area and would be happy to answer any questions which you may have about the town or any of the surrounding areas.
We at Cathedral City Estates would be delighted to assist you with your move to our beautiful town, so please do give us a call on 01786 821 012.