Dunblane Memorial Bridge project completed for Remembrance Sunday

Veterans will be able to access the service of Remembrance in Dunblane more easily this weekend following the completion of works to the Memorial Bridge.

Three people - two men either side of a woman - stand on a newly constructed wooden ramp and bridge structure with a War Memorial in the background.
Cllr Jen Preston welcomes the repair of the Memorial Bridge with Ian Ballance (L), chair of the Dunblane branch of Royal British Legion Scotland and Stuart Corbett of Dunblane Community Council.

The ramp, steps and handrails of the bridge, which crosses the Allan Water, have been replaced by Stirling Council following a three-week project.

The Memorial Bridge provides local people in Dunblane with a range of walking routes by the river and is also the only direct access to the town’s War Memorial.

Convener of the Environment, Transport and Net Zero Committee, Cllr Jen Preston, said: “We know many veterans will appreciate the completion of the work ahead of the Armistice service.

“The Memorial Bridge is well loved and well used and, along with the Faery Bridge and town bridge, provides a vital route across the Allan Water for residents and visitors to Dunblane.

“The Memorial Bridge also has links with our armed service community as it was re-built in 2007 by members of the 53 Field Squadron Royal Engineers, with materials provided by the Council. We’re pleased it’s again looking its best.”


The first Memorial Bridge was constructed in 1967, but was closed almost two decades ago after becoming corroded and unsafe.

Terence O’Byrne of Dunblane Community Council said: “We have been working with Stirling Council and local Elected Members on this project for the last six months. It is really good to see this replacement work completed in time for Remembrance Sunday. Our thanks goes to all those involved.”

Ian Ballance, chair of the Dunblane branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland said: “The workers have done a super job. We were concerned the bridge could be out of action for Remembrance Sunday, but this project from the Council will greatly extend its life.

“Many people walk from the service at Dunblane Cathedral to the War Memorial and without the bridge the detours along the river can be challenging for some of our members. We’re extremely pleased with the repair work – and the non-slip steps make a big difference as well.”

For arrangements on Stirling's Remembrance Sunday arrangements, please see our news story