Callander sits between two rivers the River Teith and the smaller Eas Gobhain in the heart of the Trossachs National Park. It’s a popular spot for anglers to the area with pools for fly fishing, hot spots for spotting sea trout or salmon fishing.
There is absolutely magnificent scenery to admire in Callander, beautiful lochs and villages sit nearby - there’s sailing, water ski-ing, steam trips and stunning walks to take all within easy reach.
For the more hardy walkers, take the 5 mile hike up Ben Ledi or trek even further on the 7 mile trek up Ben Venue. If you are looking for a more gentle amble, there’s a short walk along the riverside or slightly further afield the Glenfinglas Dam walk which opens up to a spectacular view. Our top tip - park the car at Bracklinn Falls and take a trip to the waterfall here, a breath taking backdrop for a selfie.
If you only have a short amount of time for a visit to Callander, getting around on two wheels is a much quicker way to explore the local area and there are a couple of shops in town where you can hire bikes. There are plenty of forest trails, paths or cycle routes mapped out in the area to see the very best scenery. There are waymarked cycling routes passing through the park that you can jump on and make getting around extremely easy.
Once you’ve explored the local landscape, back in town, indulge in the independent boutique shops. Browse the local Deli Ecosse which is stocked full of local Scottish produce, including cheese, biscuits, preserves, beers and wines. You can even pick up a scrummy afternoon tea here. Or for tea with a picture perfect view, grab a table at Venachar Lochside, a little hidden gem on the north shores of Loch Venachar showcasing the best of Scotland’s larder.
And if you happen to be in the area in early October, then tickets to the Jazz and Blues Festival are a must. The largest rural jazz concert in the UK attracts some pretty impressive acts.