Out and About
Out and About in the area
Callander is the ideal location for motoring to such places as the port of Oban on the west coast, historic Glen Coe & Fort William to the north and the home of golf at St Andrew’s in the east. Glasgow and Edinburgh are less than an hour by car or you can let the train take the strain from Dunblane Station a twenty minutes drive from Callander.
A day trip can incorporate a visit to a distillery such as Glenturret, to a museum at Stirling Castle, a palace at Scone, Scotland’s canals - too many places to list. Doune Castle is the nearest to Callander & dates back to the 1300s
Walking, Cycling & Sailing
If however you want to forget the car Callander is a Mecca for walking and cycling. Cycles can be hired locally. Much of the National Park is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission who provide an extensive network of paths suitable for walking cycling and even horse riding. Glen Finglas, owned by the Woodland Trust, is a particular favourite as it is described as a glen for all seasons. A large selection of maps covering the area are available from Footprint or any Tourist Office. Many of the lochs provide a variety of water sports but the real jewel in the crown is the Steamship Sir Walter Scott which has been sailing on Loch Katrine for over a century. This is a great day out as a sail can be combined with walking or you can hire a bicycle at the pier. If the weather turns nasty you can enjoy the indoor facilities at The McLaren Leisure Centre.
Venachar Lochside is a wonderful wateredge centre set in stunning scenery about 4 miles from Callander. Facilities include boat hire, fishing, fly fishing tuition, outdoor shop and a licensed cafe providing great food. The other must for anglers is James Bayne, Fishing Tackle Shop, Main Street, Callander selling tackle, permits and so on.
An almost endless list of birds of prey patrol the skies over the national park and can include buzzard, red kite, osprey and golden eagle. The Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail has been established to give you the best chance of observing these magnificent creatures in flight.
Roe deer are seen throughout the park especially at dawn and dusk. Red deer tend to stay on the higher mountain areas but often move down the slopes in the winter to find food. The wooded areas are home to a wide variety of small birds and red squirrels.
There are numerous golf courses within travelling distance of Callander including Glen Eagles and St Andrew’s. However, probably the best value for money is to use The National Park Golf Pass which allows the visitor to play five quality golf courses within the area. This includes Callander.
Callander area provides a wide selection of restaurants. The nearest to Riverview is Poppies which has a delightful bar and an excellent restaurant. The Lade Inn at Kilmahog provides great food and has live music on a Friday & Saturday nights. The Claymore Bar & the Riverside Inn provide good “pub grub”bar meals. For the more adventurous, the Chinese and Indian in Callander offer a marvellous alternative. For those staying at Lochview Barn the nearest is the excellent Strathyre Inn & Bistro offering a wide and interesting menu. Callander also has a selection of tearooms and of course three excellent fish and chip shops. For self-catering needs there is the choice of a Tesco Express or a Co-op Supermarket.