Callander is one of the most beautiful and famous places in Stirling ... although the landscape resembles that of a village perched high in the mountains. The city itself is situated in a natural park. The combination of the Trossachs mountains and the beautiful River Teith (teeming with salmon, which forms the basis of many of the local dishes) means that there are beautiful views. In high season, between April and September, tourists often take the road up to Glen Coe, Fort William and Loch Ness, but this gorgeous part of Scotland is worth visiting at any time of year. It was famously visited by Rob Roy and was an important place of business in the early Middle Ages. The tourist information center of the village (one of the best in the region) is full of information about this beloved bandit who was the equivalent of Robin Hood in England. Callander is also famous for the friendliness of its people. Do not miss the beautiful Lenny Falls! A great place to stop and relax on your journey.
Heading towards the Trossachs Natural Park, we passed through Kilmahog and then came to Brig o'Turk ... we were amazed by the landscape between lakes, valleys and mountains we found Loch Achray, positioned between Loch Venachar, and Glen Finglas, Loch Katrine, with its almost impossible access. Once there we found a lake which compared to others Scotland is small, about 11 miles in all directions and which is not deep, about 12 feet in the middle. However, its location, the beautiful environment are not a small thing and many travellers are struck dumb, by its calm waters which mirror everything in the surrounding waters. From the shore you see the top of Mount Venue (in Scots Ben Venue) and essentially the heart of the Trossachs. The lake is a very famous among locals and fans of freshwater fishing, as the lake trout which proliferate are highly valued , the brown trout. The famous Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott used this landscape as the setting for his book "A Legend in Montrose". He was no doubt smitten, as were we, by the charm of this "hidden beauty".
This is the story of a brave girl. While passing the town of Callander (made famous by Rob Roy), there is a small village called Kilmahog, where some farmers have the famous bull of the Scottish Highlands (called the Aberdeen Angus Bull). The large bull with impressive horns is in a fragile fence, which he could destroy just by kicking it over. While all the adults are thinking about how to get closer to the bull, a little blonde girl appears, with a bag of vegetables (carrots, cabbage, etc.) and approaches the bull. She takes the vegetables and starts feeding and touching the bull. We were so impressed by her that I decided to immortalize her on Minube.es. So pass this along for all those who want to see this type of bull ("hairy Scottish cows"). The girl, not happy with just her work, gave us each a carrot so we could feed the bull like her, which made us more scared than shameful. It was an an example of courage, as well as generosity. You never know when you are going to learn a lesson, but it was worth it.
Callander belongs to Stirling, but can be considered one of those towns bordering the famous Highlands (Highlands). On the main street there is a shop called 'Nutcracker' where Christmas decorations are sold. They are gorgeous, all handmade and like a movie. The prices are quite affordable, and make you want to buy everything. I wondered what happened during the rest of the year outside the Christmas season. They said they were open all year and that the biggest selling season began after the summer holidays, but nevertheless, the months of June, July and August were not bad because a lot of tourists bought things for Christmas. The first three months of the year were the slowest. The original store is located in Crieff, a neighbouring village, but due to its success, they opened a location in Callander and a virtual store, which apparently is going well (see website). So if you are in this part of Scotland and you want to buy some Christmas decor, here's the ideal spot, even in August!
Like most Brittish towns with a river, Callander has a spectacular scenic route along the river Teith that's great for a stroll in this beautiful town, which is one of the most attractive and traditionally Scottish. Plus, you can see the mountains that form the natural Trossarchs park. The combination of the three elements - river, town and mountains - is a true wonder to behold. At the end of the walk, there is an attractive cemetery, and I might that it's a bit romantic (in the sense of Byron, Blake and the other famous authors). It's a special place with no noise, clear mirror-like waters, and pure air of the Scottish Highlands. It's a different place to rest your mind a little, but not your eye.
North of Callander,located in the area of Crieff (Perthshire) this lake is hidden from tourists and located near the village of Lochearnhead, it is well known by the locals, especially in the winter, when they come to do various activities such as skiing and mountaineering in the area of Glen Ochre. The lake is considered as one of the smalles, is morphologically narrower than others and is quite elongated. It is estimated that the average depth of the lake is about 30 meters, which for a Scottish loch is not impressive. Being surrounded by Glen Ogle, it offers some pretty spectacular views of the mountains, trees and piers. Off season it is pretty lonely and quiet. In summer, things change and even moving around is quite difficult, despite being seemingly remote.
From Callander, towards the north to Kilmahog, we found signs leading to these rapids and waterfalls in the middle of the Highlands. You can park the car opposite the river on the left. Once on foot, you have to walk about 5 minutes though a forest, where not only can you see the waterfall, you can almost touch the water splashed against the rocky bottom. The walk is not difficult, but the views are worthwhile, especially if you're quiet for a moment to listen to the surrounding nature. It seems incredible that this exists just meters from the town of Callander, where the river is calm and soothed. Historically, this path was toward the North was where the Roman Legions stopped in their conquest of Britain, which made them retreat. Again, an example of how the Scottish terrain is impregnable to all conquests. And of course, another great example of the wild and untamed Scotland, showing the same landscape in hundreds of ways, depending on the weather, angle and many other factors.
Bracklinn Waterfalls are part of a circular hiking route of about 5km in length. It's a low-difficulty route, and is perfect to go with the family, as the risks for children are minimal. The route follows the natural course of the river and reaches the scenic point of Bracklinn Bridge, where we crossed the gorge and enjoyed stunning views of the waterfalls. Once we got to Callander (about 20km from Stirling), there were plenty of signposts showing us where to start. Slopes and hills were minimal, but of course I always recommend you to take suitable footwear. Bracklinn Falls is one of the many attractions you'll find in the Natural Park of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Highly recommended for lovers of hiking and natural landscapes.
There are no words to describe this place. Perhaps precious or perhaps lost and mysterious... I hope that the photos are much more eloquent than my words. Loch Voil (Lake Voil) is one of Scotland's smaller lakes with a perimeter of about 5 kilometres. It joins Lake Doina by the Larig river (Personally, I think it was too small to be called a river, but that's what it is). This is the area of Rob Roy, in fact it is believed that this is where he hid under the body of a dead bull to escape his pursuers, but again this is a legend that hasn't been verified historically. What is fact is that it's a lost, lonely place, surrounded by mountains and with a certain atmosphere of mystery, indeed the quintessential Scotland, which is, of course, much more than Loch Ness or Edinburgh.
As in many other towns with tradition in Scotland, shows the market cross which was the commercial center in the village since ancient time, which in Callander is historically important. The cross itself is curious because instead of showing the typical unicorn on its column stands the rampant lion, a symbol historically linked to England. But its most important feature is that it is dedicated to the cross of the clan (also named Fiery Cross) Legend has it that the cross of the clan should be used when two clans came to an agreement or closed a deal. A wooden cross with the cruise representing two wings, which had to be soaked in the blood of a lamb and then lit with fire, which symbolized the punishment for that clan that broke the agreement: the betrayal was paid with blood or fire. Many mentioned this cross as the symbol of unity of the clans against common enemies, but this is part of the extensive legend that permeates the entire culture of Scotland.
Located in the center of town, the first thing that grabs your attention is that this tourist information office seems to be operating in a church. In fact it is an old church, which in the UK is not strange, I have recently seen several historic churches on sale and even converted into apartments. In principle, this does not seem to be a spot with good views or with anything unusual, but on a practical side, it is a most useful, because due to the strategic position of the town (see my previous corner), the directors of "Visit Scotland" have spent recruitment resources creating a team, very helpful and competent, who often have attention problemscaused by the amount of people. Indeed, one could safely get there without any idea of where to go, where to stay or what to do, that in just a couple of hours I can assure you that we would have a wonderful route with accommodation arranged. I've been a few times when Stirling's office was not helpful, and the truth that there is no friendliness. You have to bear this very much in mind, especially if it is the first time you are visiting the country.
The Loch Venachar is a large lake between Loch Achray and the village of Callander, with the A821 road running along its northern edge. Besides the beautiful scenery, you can follow some trails around the local area and see places like Little Drum, located on the west side of the lake, within the area of Glen Finglas.
Today nothing remains of what was once Kilmahog ... just a few shops, a famous pub, some ruins, and of course our friend Hamish, the old Highlands bull ve has become a symbol of this part of the country. Behind the pub, we can see the remains of an old stone tower. This was once part of the parish church of Kilmahog, with a cemetery that was used until Victorian times. Be careful as some parts of the ruins are badly damaged, so if you get too close, you'll have to look out for falling rocks. There are some interesting old tombs here, but nowadays the cemetery is more or less wild, with very little human attention. Kilmahog today is a dependent village of Callendar town, but it seems that it was once far more important.
As you approach the beautiful, traditional village of Callander, you'll find a detour leading to Keltie Bridge Caravan Park. Turning and following the sign, you'll reach a minor road in the lush forest, and in less than 500 meters this will take you to the historic bridge. It was renovated in the early twentieth century, but a bridge has stood here since the second or third century.
Historical evidence dating back to the Roman era suggests that this was once the only spot to pass the river towards the Highlands, and it is believed that the original bridge was a Celtic construction. The name comes from Keltie Burn, a small high next to an equally small valley (where you will find the campsite). The name of the creek is Allt a Choire Bhric. A hidden historical treasure that I wasn't expecting to find!
Ben Ledi is a mountain that stands 872 meters high, making it a Corbett in the Scottish classification. It's a moderate climb, but clearly marked, and is one of the most popular summits in the area. You'll find it on the road to the Highlands, just north of the town of Callander. In summer it's very popular, and you can even see children as young as 7 or 8 climbing it (it takes about 4 hours to do the shorter route, 6 hours for the longer one). At the beginning of spring, there's still some snow on the summit, which you should watch out for.
The views here are spectacular. We got lucky and even saw a rainbow. Look out for the cross near the top, remembering a member of the mountain rescue team that saved many lives on this mountain. I really want to praise these teams, who are true experts, but here in Scotland, all volunteers. It's amazing to think about how much they risk to help people, with no monetary reward.
Searching for stuff to do in Callander? Most things to do in Callander center around the region's beautiful natural areas. This Scottish city is located in a natural park, the Trossachs, nestled among mountains, forests, and the Teith River. Some of the best places to visit in Callander are the Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags, or Galleria Luti, all of which are places that are very important to the local people.
On Minube you will find a list of attractions in Callander from which you can choose - the only limit to how many you can see is the length of your stay! Many tourists take advantage of their visit to Scotland to see Callander attractions and then continue just one mile north towards Kilmahog, where trails lead to a cascade and waterfall. Popular Callander activities include hiking or cycling in Balquhidder Trail, playing golf at Callander Golf Club, and making a tour or shopping in the area.
If you're after more things to see in Callander and have an appetite, do not forget to find a good restaurant where you can taste some typical dishes such as haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, or Crappit Heid, a somewhat infamous fish dish.
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