Callander Things to Do
Callander's main street was very quiet when we visited, most of the shops were still closed and there were not many people around, apart from some workers who worked on one of the construction sites on the road. The street runs from the northwest to the southeast and is lined by traditional houses made of rough stones, and many shops. Some of the...more
Callander's mercat cross is located in Ancaster Square, opposite of St Kessog's Church, and serves as the war memorial of the town. It looks like a traditional mercat cross with an animal or another creature on top, but I was not able to distinguish what it was. Neither was it possible to find out if this is the original mercat cross of the town...more
Callander's tourist information centre is located in a former church, St Kessog's Church. St Kessog is an Irish saint who was Scotland's patron saint before St Andrews, and who brought christianity to this part of Scotland.The building was constructed in 1883 in Victorian Gothic Style, at the place where the former Parish church was located. The...more
About 5 miles south of Callander is the village of Doune and it's castle.It is a 14th century castle that is still intact and lived in today. You can visit the interior of the castle. Monty Python fans will recognise it as the castle that was used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The scene where they are outside the castle and the French are...more
You will need some form of transport for this trail, either motorised or pedal powered. The Trossachs Trail is a circuit of part of the Trossachs that starts and ends in Callander. The trail is about 15 miles long and takes in five lochs as well as passing underneath Ben A'an, one of more popular hill walks in Scotland.Starting in Callander head...more
I spent a few weeks in the kitchen this spring as a guest chef. I was appalled at the lack of...more
off Main St, Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK17 8BG, Scotland
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Leny Road, Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK17 8AL, Scotland
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Traditional Scottish pub restaurant in a lovely location just outside Callander near Ben Ledi the mountain overlooking the town. Has a beer garden and a bar where you can take your soggy dog with a real fire in winter, great after a cold &/or wet walk.
There is an on site shop selling 100's of bottled Scottish Real Ales I got lost for a while! There are also 3 house real ales available on cask, they even give you free samples.
The food is local and has all the pub greats like steak and ale pie and hand made highland beef burgers-with big portions that filled my boots! The kids were made to feel really welcome and there's a separate area for them with books and toys over looking the bird area in the garden. It's really unusual to find a scottish pub that is so child friendly and able to cater so well for them. We'll definitely be back.
Favorite Dish: The local Trossachs Trout with a coriander and herb cous cous- a massive plate of fresh fish, cous-cous & veg.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Beer Tasting
I had been searching for some good postcards since I had arrived in Scotland... This was my sixth day in the country, and still I had not found any that I wanted to send home! I wished for postcards showing the wonderful landscape of Scotland, but everywhere I found the same cliché postcards showing highland cattle, West Highland White Terriers,...more
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Callander Off The Beaten Path
Loch Lubnaig is located about 10km north of Callander, within the Trossachs. We stopped here and spent some time at its banks, and its beauty and atmosphere were like magic. If I had to pick the one most beautiful place I saw during my first trip to Scotland, I would choose this one. The colours were just perfect, it was so calm and quiet, and just wonderful.
Loch Lubnaig is a comparatively small loch, only 5km long. The name is Gaelic and means crooked - if you have a look at a map, you see that the name fits perfectly!
To see more pictures of Loch Lubnaig, visit my travelogue!
Address: Off the A84
Fondest memory: After we left Callander, we drove through the Trossachs. The Trossachs are part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park which was created in 2002 and was thus Scotland's first national park. They were probably the most beautiful landscape I saw during my first visit to Scotland... They really took my breath away. It is hard to take pictures through the windows of a moving bus, but I hope you still enjoy them.
The Trossachs don't belong to the highlands, but they are often called "the highlands in miniature" because they look like a smaller version of them. This region was also the home of Rob Roy McGregor, first made famous by a novel of Sir Walter Scott, and later by the movie.
I was just fascinated by this landscape - I had expected Scotland to look like this, but not in winter, and not so far in the south. I had thought that I would see a landscape like this on a later visit, when I would finally travel further north, but not on this visit during my small day tours. I was simply amazed and just so happy, looking out of the window all the time and taking everything in!
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