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Route 765

Route Details

  • Start: Stirling
  • Finish: Doune
  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Type: Mainly on road along quiet country lanes.
  • Terrain: Generally flat between Stirling and Bridge of Allan. Steep climb up to, but a lovely flat ride along the Glen Road, then descent into Dunblane on a minor road. Some short gradients heading out of Dunblane until crossing of A820, then flat railway path to Doune.
  • Category: Medium
  • Surface: Tarmac – some rough sections along Glen Road. The traffic-free track west of Dunblane is unsurfaced.

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Route Description

Route 765 starts in the centre of Stirling, nearby the railway station, and heads northwards on-road, over the historic Stirling Old Bridge, and along residential roads. From near the new Wallace High School, the route follows a cycle track alongside the A9 and past the entrance to Stirling University. It then joins quiet residential roads through Bridge of Allan and then a section of the main road to reach the west end of the town. The road that turns right off the main road, just before the bridge over the river and Bridge of Allan railway station, leads (steeply) up to the Glen Road. 

Once reached, the Glen Road is a very pleasant ride along an old single track road, through the heavily wooded and steep sided glen. At the head of the glen is an old bridge, with an interpretation board nearby which explains the history of the road. In summary, it was closed to traffic in the 1980s due to landslides. It remained a popular path for walkers and cyclists and recent activity by local volunteers has ensured that it will be kept open for several more years. However, landslips remain an ongoing issue.

A quiet country road takes you down the hill, past some fine residences, and into the centre of Dunblane. This takes you past Dunblane Cathedral and the row of 18th century cottages which form the Scottish Churches Houses, once a bishop's residence. The route runs on paths alongside the river, over a footbridge and through residential areas to the western edge of the town.

Follow a country lane (it can be a bit muddy and wet), until the route turns right down a track to a crossing of the A820. (The Argaty Red Kite Centre is 2 miles to the north). After a few hundred metres on-road, the route joins a railway path which leads into Doune. There are plenty of cafes and shops in Doune and a visitor centre. Also, fans of Monty Python might wish to visit Doune Castle where parts of Monty Python and the Holy Grail were filmed in 1974.

Things to see and do

Natural attractions:

  • River Forth
  • Allan Water
  • River Teith
  • Doune Ponds Nature Reserve

Visitor attractions:

  • Stirling Castle
  • Stirling Old Bridge
  • Wallace Monument
  • Dunblane Cathedral and Museum
  • Doune Castle

The future

At present, the route ends in Doune. The long-term aspiration is to continue Route 765 from Doune to Callander, where it will link with Route 7. Unfortunately, land negotiations have been lengthy, but things are now looking positive and funding should be available to make a start. Sustrans and Stirling Council are hopeful that significant progress can be made in the next 2 – 3 years.

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This route runs from nearby Stirling Railway Station (where it links with Route 76), past Stirling University, Dunblane, and to Doune. It follows quiet back roads and some more lengthy stretches of traffic free path.