Callander, a bustling tourist town, tucked away between the east and west coasts at the gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is an ideal base from which to explore Scotland. We are surrounded by areas of great natural beauty and history;while centres such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, Oban and St Andrews all lie within easy reach.
ATTRACTIONS &ACTIVITIES (a few highlights in the area include):
situated in the heart of the Trossachs National Park is the perfect place for a day trip and cruise on the famous steamship Sir Walter Scott. Why not hire bikes at Katrine Wheelz and enjoy a one-hour cruise followed by a cycle or walk back along the north shore of the loch. The scenery is breath taking and the area is steeped in history with links to Queen Victoria, the Scottish legend Rob Roy MacGregor, and is the setting for some of Sir Walter Scott's most famous poetic works, Lady of the Lake. https://www.lochkatrine.com/
is located on a small island in the Lake of Menteith. It is a beautifully situated and largely ruined monastery (founded in 1238) with links to many famous historical names including Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Sir Walter Scott. The island is also home to a wide variety of plant and wild life and is the perfect spot for a short circular walk or a waterside picnic. Access is via a 7-minute small ferry crossing from the pier at Port of Menteith. https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-aplace/places/inchmahome-priory/
was transformed from a cotton mill into a distillery in the 1960s. Take a tour and experience the sites, smells and sounds of a working distillery which uses traditional, hand crafted, methods to make the unique Deanston single malt whisky. https://www.deanstonmalt.com/
(24 mile circular drive) - one of Britain's best drives with views around every corner and lots to do. A walker's paradise with enough to keep you busy for a whole week. www.destinationstirling.com/see-do/trossachs/
WALKING IN CALLANDER
- there are a number of popular walks in the area for visitors to explore. The beautiful Bracklinn Falls and the River Keltie have mesmerised people for generations, and from the summit of the Callander Crags there are spectacular sweeping views over the village and beyond, to Stirling and the Forth Estuary. To the west footpaths and cycle tracks follow the old Callander to Oban railway. https://incallander.co.uk/
WALKING IN THE LOCH LOMOND &TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK
- the Great Trossachs Path, one of Scotland's great trails, is a 30-mile long route running between Callander in the east to Inversnaid and Loch Lomond in the west, and also passing through Brig o' Turk, the Loch Katrine area and Stronachlachar. The path connects the Rob Roy Way with the West Highland Way and also links to the Three Lochs Way, so long-distance walkers are now able to undertake an extraordinary journey across the centre of Scotland. Spurring from The Great Trossachs Path are 165km of short, long and circular routes of various lengths and challenges. And each has its own unique character. www.thegreattrossachsforest.co.uk/great-trossachs-path/
HILL WALKING - the Loch Lomond &The Trossachs National Park has an abundance of accessible hill tops and Munros. There are 21 Munros including Ben Lomond (the most southerly mountain in Scotland) and 19 Corbetts to bag including Ben Ledi overlooking Callander. There are also many wee hills that offer spectacular views in exchange for minimum effort and time including Ben A'an and Ben Gullipen just outside Callander.
Callander Jazz &Blues Festival - Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th October 2020. Full details can be found by visiting www.callanderjazz.com