Callander and The Trossachs Things to see and do - Visitor Attractions

Scottish Visitor Attractions in Callander and the Trossachs

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This list is by no means comprehensive, but is a guide to the range of activities and attractions

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Distilleries and Breweries in The Trossachs

Bridge Of Allan Brewery
Bridge of Allan Brewery and Visitor Centre was established in August 1997 by the proprietor, Douglas Ross in the Victorian Spa town of Bridge of Allan nestling between the Wallace Monument and the Stirling Castle and close to the banks of the river Allan. The Forth Valley area was once a very important brewing area, due to the port facilities, ample crop growing fertile lands and fresh water from the Ochil hills. Brewing still continues in Forth Valley thanks to micro breweries like Bridge of Allan producing fine quality Scottish ales and still exporting overseas.
The Brewhouse, Queens Lane, Bridge Of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4NY. Tel: +44 (0)1786 834 555

Glengoyne Distillery
Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world. An award winning malt, its the product of an unconventional process, remarkable ingredients & the pride & passion of its people. Located near Loch Lomond, the Glengoyne Distillery has Tours, Masterclasses, Whisky Tastings, Meetings & Private Dining. If you can't make it in person, we have an on-line shop for Special Bottlings, Personalised Bottles & Collectables. Perfect.
A81 Road, Dumgoyne, Near Killearn, G63 9LB.. Tel: +44 (0)1360 550254

Hamilton Toy Museum 

See almost every toy imaginable in this family run museum. Enjoyed by adults and children. Over five rooms packed with childhood memories, and two collectors shops filled with toys old and new, books and bric a brac.

Open Easter to end October (closed Mon) 11am to 430pm.  Museum charge: - £2.00 adults, £1.00 concessions, SOp children. Family tickets available.

Callander Meadows & Strathyre Walk 

The Meadows car parks at the west end of Callander Main Street give access to a walkway beside the River Teith. The footpath starts at the foot of the old preaching mound of 'Tom na Chessaig' and beside the ancient graveyard then follows the river Teith upstream to the point where the Garbh Uisge and Eas Gobhain meet to become the River Teith.

Follow the path to the old Oban railway line which is now a cycleway / footpath leading past the remains of a Roman marching camp to the Pass of Leny. Turn right at the road crossing then right again at the main road to follow the road back to Callander.

For more walks, goto the walking Page.

The Trossachs Visitor Centre 

rob roy centre  - click meSituated in Ancaster Square, Callander, in a redundant church seen here before its convertion, the Trossachs Tourist Information Centre provides tourist information  for The Trossachs ( and the rest of Scotland ). It's named after Rob Roy macGregor, a folk hero of Scotland from times just before 'the 45'.  You can read his story from an unusual source on the Rob Roy page.
Weekends only Jan & Feb. Mar to May & Oct to Dec 10.00 to 17.00 . June to Sept 09.30 to 18.00
Visitors can see Rob Roy's Grave in beautiful Balqhuidder_glen in the heart Scotland .

Rob Roy and The Trossachs were featured in the 19th century in the  novel 'Rob Roy' by Sir Walter Scott who was a visitor to the Trossachs and who lodged in a castle between Callander and Doune.

Bracklinn Falls and spectacular new bridge (take care with animals and young children of all ages)bracklinn falls

The Bracklinn Falls are on the river Keltie which is accessed from Bracklinn road at the east end of Callander. Awalk of about  a mile will get you there although there is a car park at the start of the falls footpath if you feel a little less inclined to take the exercise.

The falls are at the point where the river Keltie crosses a ridge of harder rocks formed on the Highland Boundary fault line. There is a series of waterfalls culminating in the most spectacular one at the end of the series. Most of the falls are well seen from a rock outcrop where a footbridge crosses the chasm - the bridge was washed away in a freak flood in 2004 but a spectacular new bridge was completed in October 2010. To see the best of the falls, cross the wire fence on the left as you face the river and walk downstream for about 150 yards (but stay away from the very steep banks). The falls can then be seen by looking upstream from a vantage point under the trees.

The Trossachs and Kilmahog Woollen Mills 

Trossachs Woollen Mill.

Watch the Trossachs Lady operate the 1920s looms, manufacturing the popular "Macgregor" and Trossachs travel rugs. A selection of ladies and gents outerwear & country wear is always on offer. The Trossachs larder shop offers a range of whiskies, wines, beers, preserves, honey and haggis. Speciality Scottish pancakes are a speciality in the coffee shop.

1m west of Callander.  Open daily all year

Kilmahog Woollen Mill.

An 18th c. mill which today offers Highland dress, top quality tartans, kilts and a large selection of Aran, cashmere and 100% lambswool knitwear.
Open 7 days a week all year. Free Parking. ( 1 mile west of Callander)

Index of things to do

lubnaig  - click meLoch Lubnaig 

Reputed to translate as 'the Bent Loch'  Loch Lubnaig is about 3 miles in length.The A84 trunk road is on the east side and the Callander to Strathyre footpath / cycleway on the west.
A number of  picnic spots with parking are to be found on the east side by the road.
In still weather, the unbelievable reflections are a joy.
Boat launching is allowed on Loch Lubnaig but outboard engines must be under 10 h.p. Speedboats and jet skis are not allowed, but for someone who just wants a sail on a nice day, or a family picnic, Loch Lubnaig is the ideal place.
For £10 you can get a key for the slipway at Bayners tackle shop in Callander and leave your trailer/launcher secure whilst you are on the water.

Loch Venachar 

wpe19.jpg (9113 bytes)Loch Venachar is 4 miles long and has a surface area if about 1.6 miles. Its deepest point is 111 feet with an average of 42 feet.

The loch holds good stocks of trout and pike and fishing (with permit) is available from shore and boat. Boats for fishing or pleasure are available at 'Trossachs Leisure' on the north shore about 4 miles from Callander. (GR NN570060).

Venachar sailing club is based on the south shore on the Invertrossachs private road.

From Callander, walk, cycle or drive to the car park at the east end of the loch on the Invertrossachs road to enjoy some great scenery and a little haven of quiet with a pebble beach (when water level is low) just a mile from town. To the North can be seen Scotlands first highland Ben - Ben Ledi.  Interesting rock samples can be found when water levels are low. On the northern side lies the road from Callander to the Trossachs and Loch Katrine via Brig o' Turk. Several Loch-side parking / picnic spots offer superb views.

(1 mile west of Callander)

Rob Roy's Grave (can you see his ghost?)

Rob Roy's grave at Balquhidder in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National ParkSituated in the grounds of Balquhidder Church, Rob Roy's Grave lies in a beautiful spot at the foot of Kirkton Glen and is only a short distance from Callander. As well as Rob Roy's grave, beside which lie the graves of his wife, son and brother, there are other interesting tombstones here as well as the ruins of the old church. An interesting information board giving information about the graveyard is fixed to the wall of the old church.

If you continue up the road past Loch Voil and Loch Doine you come to the end of the public road at Inverlochlarig where you may leave the car in the car park whilst you walk up the glen past the site of Rob Roy's house. His earlier home 'Monachyle Tuaragh' was on the south side just at the narrow point between the two lochs.

If you are an enthusiastic walker, you may continue from here over the 'Bealach nam Corp' (the pass of the dead) to Loch Lomond.

Doune Castle 

doune castle  - click meA magnificent 14th century courtyard castle, once the ancestral home of the Earls of Moray. It is steeped in history and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlies Jacobite forces in 1745. It is now run by Historic Scotland.

Open all year. Closed Thursday afternoons and Fridays in the winter months. Situated at the easterly end of the village of Doune on the right as you look towards Dunblane.   (6 mile east of Callander on A84)

Doune Pistol Factory.

In 1646 Thomas Caddell set up business as a gunsmith, it is recorded that "..his study and perseverance brought his work to so a high a degree of perfection that no pistol made in Britain excelled or perhaps equaled those of his making either for sureness or for beauty." They were sought eagerly by the clansmen of the time. Today they fetch huge sums of money when ever one appears on the open market.

Pistols made in Doune have featured in history. The Earl of Argyle was carrying a pair when he was captured at the river Cart in 1685. It was a Doune pistol, sold to a Major Pitcairn, which fired the first shot in the American War of Independence. George Washington's staff presented him with a pair of Doune pistols that he bequeathed on his death to Major General Lafayette.

Caddell's old workshop is still standing in Doune. The old factory has been restored and can be found down an alley way from the main street in Doune with an information board detailing its past on the outside. Nearby, generations of pistol makers lie in the ancient graveyard of Kilmadock.

(6 mile east of Callander on A84)

Blair Drummond Leisure and Safari Park

Drive-through Wild Animal Reserves; Boat Safari round Chimps Island and Waterfowl Sanctuary: Pets Farm; Performing Sea Lion Shows; Adventure Playground, Amusements Galore; Giant Astraglide; Pedal Boats; Barbecues; Picnic Areas; Restaurant and Bar; Gift Shops; Face Painting; Flying Fox Cable Slide across Lake; Facilities for Disabled and much morel Exit 10—M9-A84.

Open: Daily 1st Apr-2nd Oct. lOam-5.3Opm. Last admission 430pm. (10 mile east of Callander on A84)

Breadalbane Folklore Centre and Dochart Falls

The Falls of DochartAs the River Dochart flows towards Loch Tay in Scotlands "Breadalbane" (g. High Alban) it tumbles over rocks at the Falls of Dochart at the old bridge at Killin. This is one of Scotland’s most famous natural landmarks. Opposite the falls is the Breadalbane Folklore Centre, where you can discover the fascinating tales and legends of Breadalbane, from the ancient prophesies of the Lady of Lawers and the mystical St Fillan, to the magical deeds of the mythical giant Fingal. Below the falls and accessed via a gate in the middle span of the bridge is Inchbuidh (Yellow Island), the burial island of the Clan McNab with its ancient burial enclosure and relics. See the photos in the gallery

Open Daily April 1st to the end of October. (about 20 mile north of Callander on A84)

Trossachs Museums, Heritage and Galleries

The Trossachs area offers access to a great variety of museums and heritage sites. These are fully described on out Trossachs Activities page

 

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Things to Do in The Trossachs
Visit Callander and The Trossachs
Climb Ben Ledi, Ben A'an and Callander Crags
then walk to Bracklinn Falls and the New Bridge