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Callander

Callander is a bustling tourist town situated on the River Teith and A84, west of Stirling, and  gives visitors travelling north their first taste of the Highlands. It is set dramatically beneath high, wooded crags, and gained fame as the location for the original Doctor Findlay’s Casebook television series.

Bracklinn Falls

Setting

Being a busy town, there’s plenty of shops to delve into and tasty options for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal. Cycle hire is available if you fancy exploring the area by pedal power with good quality cycle paths nearby. If you need any help, the VisitScotland iCentre is on hand on the high street.

Callander’s Pass, formed during the last ice age, is a prominent and distinctive landscape feature that has dominated Callander’s history. The Pass is a gateway between lowland and highland Scotland and through the ages has provided a physical backdrop to arguably some of Scotland’s most colourful stories in history.

Stone ruin, Callander

History & heritage

Callander and its surrounding area are steeped in history, interesting geological features – clan burial grounds, Iron Age hill forts, glacial erratics, Neolithic burial cairns and more, and all can be discovered on foot or bike.

The Roman Army was based in Callander, strategically positioned beneath Callander’s Pass – a glen blocker to defend the Roman Empire. In Victorian Times Callander boomed as a tourist destination off the back of the Romantic Movement, with poets and writers promoting the landscape surrounding Callander. Today, Callander has a pro-active community with a wide range of groups, societies and businesses who are working together to offer more to those who visit and live in the town.

Find out more from the ‘Stories in the Landscape Geodiversity Trail’ leaflet.

Bracklinn Bridge

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, to the west footpaths and cycle tracks follow the old Callander to Oban railway, and from the summit of the Callander Crags there are spectacular sweeping views over the town of Callander and beyond, to Stirling and the Forth Estuary.

  • The Three Bridges – 4.5 miles (7.2 km), a moderate route taking in the Roman fort, Samson’s Stone, Dunmore Fort and Coilhallan Wood
  • Callander Crags – 2.3 miles (3.7 km), a steep climb to be rewarded with great views over Callander, Loch Venachar, Ben Ledi and beyond
  • The Lower Woods – 1.9 miles (3 km), a moderate route through the town centre and nearby woods
  • Callander Meadows – 1.1 miles (1.8 km), an easy surfaced route along the River Teith
  • Bracklinn Falls Circuit – 1.3 – 3.3 miles (2 – 5.3 km), starting from Bracklinn Falls car park, this moderate route takes you to the falls along Keltie Water and up to Scout Pool and back via Red Well
  • The Glacier Trail – 2.2 – 2.9 miles (3.5 – 4.7 km), an easy route exploring the town’s glacial deposits left at the end of the last Ice Age

Find out more about the routes here.

Did you know?

Europe’s largest burial cairn lies largely unknown on the edge of the town, surrounded by countless smaller versions which we believe may hold the secrets of prehistory’s first religious rituals.

Find out more…

  • If you wish to find out more about the local community and the work they do, you can visit their website.
  • Access the Community Action Plan here to find information on what it is like to live in Callander and the surrounding area, the aspirations and priorities for the future of the local community and how they will be achieved.
  • Visit our camping pages on Loch Venachar, Loch Lubnaig and the surrounding area.
  • Download a copy of our SNH Landscape Assessment to learn more about the landscape of the village.
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