The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park contains excellent opportunities for outdoor activities ranging from scenic mountain walks to more extreme mountain adventures!
The Meadows car parks at the west end of Callander Main Street give access to a walkway beside the River Teith. The footpath starts at the foot of the old preaching mound of 'Tom na Chessaig' and beside the ancient graveyard then follows the river Teith upstream to the point where the Garbh Uisge and Eas Gobhain meet to become the River Teith.
Follow the path to the old Oban railway line which is now a cycleway / footpath leading past the remains of a Roman marching camp to the Pass of Leny. Turn right at the road crossing then right again after the Lade Inn to follow the road back to Callander.
in Ancaster Square, Callander, in a former church seen here before its
convertion, the Rob Roy Tourist Information Centre provides tourist information
for The Trossachs ( and the rest of Scotland ).
Rob Roy and The Trossachs were featured in the 19th century in the novel 'Rob Roy' by Sir Walter Scott who was a visitor to the Trossachs and who lodged in a castle between Callander and Doune.
Watch the Trossachs Lady operate the 1920s looms, manufacturing the popular "Macgregor" and Trossachs travel rugs. A selection of ladies and gents outerwear & country wear is always on offer. The Trossachs larder shop offers a range of whiskies, wines, beers, preserves, honey and haggis. Speciality Scottish pancakes are a speciality in the coffee shop.
1m west of Callander. Open daily all year
Kilmahog Woollen Mill.
An 18th c. mill which today offers Highland dress, top quality tartans,
kilts and a large selection of Aran, cashmere and 100% lambswool knitwear.
to translate as 'the Bent Loch' Loch Lubnaig is about 3 miles in
From Callander, walk, cycle or drive to the car park on the Invertrossachs road to enjoy some great scenery and a little haven of quiet just a mile from town. To the North can be seen Scotland's first highland Ben - Ben Ledi. Interesting rock samples can be found when water levels are low. On the northern side lies the road from Callander to the Trossachs and Loch Katrine via Brig o' Turk. Several Loch-side parking / picnic spots offer superb views.
(1 mile west of Callander)
magnificent waterfall in a gorge is spectacular after heavy rain and was visited by Queen Victoria. The bridge was washed away recently, but once restored, walkers may take advantage of
a footpath on the far side of the falls by turning
LEFT and finding the pathway following the river upstream. The path winds
uphill onto a forest road (always take the left fork where the track splits)
then downhill again to the 'Scouts Pool' and a second waterfall before
joining the public road where a left turn returns the walker to the car
park. Total walk about 3 miles.
A spectacular split waterfall in the narrow gorge named the 'Pass of Leny' about 4 mile north of Callander on the A84. The Pass of Leny was always an important route into the highlands and was considered by the Romans to be important enough to justify a permanent fort at the southern end of the pass at Bochastle.
Follow A84 through Kilmahog then watch for car park in woods - right hand side about 2 miles. Cross the main road - carefully - and follow the path upstream for about 300 metres. The last 20 metres of the concrete path is at present fenced off due to flood damage - don't be tempted to climb the fence as the end of the path is unstable.
Bring back childhood memories and see almost every toy imaginable in
this family run museum. Enjoyed by adults and children. Over five rooms
packed with childhood memories, and two collectors shops filled with toys
old and new, books and bric a brac.
Open Easter to end October (closed Mon) 11am to 430pm.
Situated in the grounds of Balquhidder Church, Rob Roy's Grave lies in a beautiful spot at the foot of Kirkton Glen and is only a short distance from Callander. As well as Rob Roy's grave, beside which lie the graves of his wife, son and brother, there are other interesting tombstones here as well as the ruins of the old church. An interesting information board giving information about the graveyard is fixed to the wall of the old church.
If you continue up the road past Loch Voil and Loch Doine you come to the end of the public road at Inverlochlarig where you may leave the car in the car park whilst you walk up the glen past the site of Rob Roy's house. His earlier home 'Monachyle Tuaragh' was on the south side just at the narrow point between the two lochs. If you are an enthusiastic walker, you may continue from here over the 'Bealach nam Corp' (the pass of the dead) to Loch Lomond.
A magnificent 14th century courtyard castle, once the ancestral home of the Earls of Moray. It is steeped in history and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlies Jacobite forces in 1745. It is now run by Historic Scotland.
Open all year. Closed Thursday afternoons and Fridays in the winter months. Situated at the easterly end of the village of Doune on the right as you look towards Dunblane. (6 mile east of Callander on A84)
In 1646 Thomas Caddell set up business as a gunsmith, it is recorded that "..his study and perseverance brought his work to so a high a degree of perfection that no pistol made in Britain excelled or perhaps equaled those of his making either for sureness or for beauty." They were sought eagerly by the clansmen of the time. Today they fetch huge sums of money when ever one appears on the open market. The old factory has been restored and can be found down an alley way from the main street in Doune with an information board detailing its past on the outside.
(6 mile east of Callander on A84)
Drive-through Wild Animal Reserves; Boat Safari round Chimps Island and Waterfowl Sanctuary: Pets Farm; Performing Sea Lion Shows; Adventure Playground, Amusements Galore; Giant Astraglide; Pedal Boats; Barbecues; Picnic Areas; Restaurant and Bar; Gift Shops; Face Painting; Flying Fox Cable Slide across Lake; Facilities for Disabled and much morel Exit 10M9-A84.
Open: Daily 1st Apr-2nd Oct. lOam-5.3Opm. Last admission 430pm. (10 mile east of Callander on A84)
As the River Dochart flows towards Loch Tay in Scotlands "Breadalbane" (g. High Alban) it tumbles over rocks at the Falls of Dochart at the old bridge at Killin. This is one of Scotlands most famous natural landmarks. Opposite the falls is the Breadalbane Folklore Centre, where you can discover the fascinating tales and legends of Breadalbane, from the ancient prophesies of the Lady of Lawers and the mystical St Fillan, to the magical deeds of the mythical giant Fingal. Below the falls and accessed via a gate in the middle span of the bridge is Inchbuidh (Yellow Island), the burial island of the Clan McNab with its ancient burial enclosure and relics. See the photos in the gallery
Open Daily April 1st to the end of October. (about 20 mile north of Callander on A84)
About 8 miles from Callander on the Lake of Menteith, these are the ruins of a 13th century Augustinian Monastery. At Port of Menteith take the ferry for the trip to the island and watch for some of the birds that visit or live on the Lake, including grebe, goldeneye, tufted duck, mallards, geese, herons and swans.
The priory was founded in 1238 and in 1547 was used as a safe haven from the English army by the young Mary Queen of Scots. With a little imagination you can take yourself back to those tumultuous times and guess how young Mary felt here.
Open April to September, Monday to Saturday 09:30 - 18:30 and Sunday 14:00 - 18:30.
8 mile south of Callander on A81)
To be accurate the Trossachs are a small area between Ben A'an and Ben Venue, and Lochs Katrine and Achray. More recently, the term has been used to define the whole of the area from Callander to Lochs Katrine and Lomond. Whatever the definition, this beautiful area is something the visitor must not miss.
(8 mile west of Callander)
Loch Katrine was enlarged in 1859 to become the first reliable piped water supply for the city of Glasgow. The loch is famous for its magnificent scenery and for the Steamship Sir Walter Scott which makes daily trips up the loch with its cargo of tourists. Glengyle, at the west end of the Loch was the land of the MacGregors, birthplace of Rob Roy and the MacGregor Clan burial ground is on an artificial island at the west end of the loch.
For more information and times of sailings, tel 01877 376 316.
Situated near the geographical centre of Scotland, Callander makes a
marvelous base from which you can drive through some of the best scenery
in the UK. The area to the north, east and west of Callander is typical
highland countryside giving a very agreeable variety of scenery, with
lochs, mountains, rivers and moorland.
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