Things to do

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):
 
LOCH KATRINE 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/
 
INCHMAHOME PRIORY 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/ 
 
DOUNE CASTLE situated on the banks of the river Teith in the village of Doune is a popular filming location and has featured in Monty python & The Holy Grail (1975), Game of Thrones (2011) and more recently as Castle Leoch in Outlander.  https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/doune-castle/
 
DEANSTON DISTILLERY 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/
 
STIRLING CASTLE is one of the largest and most historic and architecturally important castles in Scotland.  https://www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk/A walker?s paradise with enough to keep you busy for a whole week.
 
TROSSACHS TRAIL (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/
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH FOREST PARK - whether you want to do a little or do a lot, The Lodge Visitor Centre in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is made for you. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views, stroll to the waterfall, visit the Red Squirrel Hide or swing through the trees with Go-Ape!  www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/queen-elizabeth-forest-park/walking/
 
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.
 
CYCLING - there are cycle rides around the Trossachs designed to appeal to cyclists of all abilities. Most of each ride is on traffic-free trails or quiet roads, along the lines of the old railway, through woodland and forest and along loch sides. Cycle hire is available in Callander and at Loch Katrine.  https://www.scottish-cycling.com  www.cyclehirecallander.co.uk/  www.katrinewheelz.co.uk/
 
 EVENTS 2019:
 
HIGHLAND GAMES
Blackford 25th May
Helensburgh & Lomond, 1st June
Bearsden & Milngavie, 8th June
Kenmore, 3rd July
Luss, 6th July
Loch Lomond, 13th July
Inveraray, 16th July
Balquhidder, 20th July
Bridge of Allan, 8th August
Perth, 11th August
Stirling, 17th August
Crieff, 18th August
Pitlochry, 14th September 

MUSIC
Callander Jazz & Blues Festival - Friday 4th - Sunday 6th October 2019