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April 2017

A Day in Dunblane

Dunblane in Springtime.

We spent our Easter 2017 holidays in the UK; part of the time we were in Scotland and part of the time we were in England. While we were in Scotland, we visited friends who live in Stirling and they took us for a drive to Dunblane for the day.

View by the river.

View by the river.

Dunblane is a beautiful peaceful place, so it is extremely sad that in many people's minds it is forever associated with the horrific and incomprehensible massacre of sixteen primary school children and their teacher in 1996.

We began our exploration of this little town at its beautiful golden post box. This commemorates Andy Murray, Dunblane's most famous native son, winning a gold medal in the men's singles at the London 2012 Olympics. The post box is on High Street at the roundabout in the centre of the town.

Dunblane's golden post box.

Dunblane's golden post box.

After taking some photos at this post box, we went in search of a bit of Dunblane's history. Dunblane is home to Leighton Library, the oldest private library in Scotland. Housed in a lovely old building, this library is home to around 4,500 books dating from between 1500 and 1840.

Leighton Library

Leighton Library

Just across the road from the library is Dunblane's museum.

Dunblane Museum used to be called Dunblane Cathedral Museum. It is housed in a building that was once the Dean of the Cathedral's House. It has a large number of artefacts from and paintings and photographs of Dunblane's beautiful old Cathedral. It also has a lot of Andy Murray memorabilia which he donated to the museum and a life-size cardboard cut out of Andy Murray to take photos with. The museum has a little gift shop and a pleasant garden. In one of the upstairs rooms it is possible to try on a wide range of tartan clothing if you feel so inclined.

Dunblane Museum

Dunblane Museum

Andy Murray Memorabilia.

Andy Murray Memorabilia.

The man himself.

The man himself.

Re-find your inner Bay City Roller.

Re-find your inner Bay City Roller.

After visiting the museum, we went to Dunblane's star attraction - its beautiful cathedral. This lovely, old building dates from the thirteenth century, though it is located on a much earlier Christian site first established by Saint Blane around the year 600. The cathedral's surrounding graveyard looked lovely amidst the colourful spring flowers.

Inside the cathedral there is a memorial to the victims of the Dunblane Massacre of 1996. On the 13th of March of that year Thomas Hamilton walked into the gymnasium of Dunblane Primary School carrying two pistols and two revolvers. He killed sixteen children and their teacher as well as injuring many more before killing himself. Andy Murray was a pupil at Dunblane Primary School during the massacre.

Dunblane Cathedral

Dunblane Cathedral

Memorial to the tragedy.

Memorial to the tragedy.

Dunblane is situated on a river, the Allan Water. We left Dunblane after visiting the cathedral and visited another little town on the Allan Water - Bridge of Allan. This little town has a great little microbrewery where we often stop for a pint when in the area.

The Allan Water at Bridge of Allan

The Allan Water at Bridge of Allan

Getting a shot behind the bar.

Getting a shot behind the bar.

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