Small group hike around Dunblane in central Scotland
This afternoon, I am reporting on yesterday's small group hike through the countryside through Kippenrait Glen and around Dunblane in central Scotland.
Dunblane has a population of about 9,000, roughly one tenth the size of its larger neighbour, Stirling which attracts high volumes of tourists to its famous castle.
In recent times Dunblane has attracted publicity on two accounts:
- Firstly, it is the home of Andy Murray who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics and who, until recently, was Britain's number 1 ranked tennis player.
- Secondly, there was a school massacre here in 1996 resulting in the deaths of 16 children and one teacher, an act which triggered a further tightening of Britain’s already restrictive gun ownership laws.
The route covered a distance of some 12 km/7.5 miles and, as will be evident from the images posted herein, traversed rolling landscapes populated with rich greenery, wildflowers, woodlands and a river.
Here is a view of Dunblane Cathedral which is located on a site site which can trace its Christian pedigree back to St. Blane in around AD 600. A stone church was built in the 12th century of which only traces remain. Much of the present building dates from the 13th century.
Landscape with sheep