Stay in the Gateway to the Highlands and trek through myriad woodland parks to enjoy numerous lakes and fun family activities.
Callander is a charming village in the heart of a diverse region of national parks. Many lochs decorate this woodland area, offering shoreline activities of cycling and hiking. Amble along the banks of the River Teith in the town center to appreciate this quaint and scenic setting. Start at the Visit Scotland Centre for regional weather and events information.
Gaze up at the mountains of the Callander Crags looming over the town. Follow nature trails through the picturesque countryside. The path east past the Callander Golf Course brings you to the Allt a’ Choire Bhric River and Bracklinn Falls. Stroll beside the riverbanks to see the cascades in this network of falls.
Follow the Trossachs Birds of Prey Trail to see various types of owls. The wildlife route has many cycle tracks and viewpoints to see ospreys, peregrines, eagles and kestrels.
On the western side of town are a series of lochs, mountains and other terrain in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
Travel west for 20 miles (32 kilometers) to reach the large picturesque Loch Katrine. Cycle around the lake to see it from various angles. At sunset, visit the main restaurant for local ale and water views. Chat with local residents and hear tales of cattle rustlers from the region.
Note that the weather is fairly wet around Callander and the loch region. April is the driest month and July is the warmest. The local language is English, although certain schools still teach Gaelic.
Drive north for 1 hour from Glasgow or northwest for 90 minutes from Edinburgh to reach the town. Use the bus network or take a train from across Britain via ScotRail. The town in the Stirling region is surrounded by several national parks.
Callander is a starting point for exploration around the lochs and highlands of Scotland.