Callander is a village in the area of
Perthshire known as the Trossachs, 14
miles northwest of Stirling,
on one of the main routes into the
The village is popular for walking on
the Rob Roy
Way, the 23 mile Cycle
Lane between Callander and Killin, the
scenic mountain road between Callander
and Aberfoyle passing Loch
Katrine for boat trips, the Hilltop Lodge with a Go Ape
centre, and Inchmahome Priory on an
There are a number of popular
mountains for hiking such as the 1,512ft
Ben A'an, 2,391ft Ben Venue, and
2,883ft Ben Ledi, all with
stunning views across Loch Katrine or
View a Click on Map for the Area
The area has two holiday lodge parks,
Leny Estate 1
mile northwest, and Forest Holidays
Strathyre 4 miles northwest.
The image top right is of the large car park
next to the River Teith. The image second top
is of the River Teith by the car park, a
popular place for a walk or for laying around
in the sun.
At the riverside is Kessog's Hill, said to
be the spot where St Kessog preached to his
congregation. The hill is also thought to have
contained a small fortress in the 1100s.
The Main Street contains most of the shops,
cafes, and hotels. In the centre of the Main
Street is the Memorial Square. Across the road
from the memorial is the Visitor Centre in the
former St Kessog's Church.
Next to the Visitor Centre is the Fudge
Shop, one of a number of interesting small
shops in the village.
The Dreadnought hotel is one of a number of
hotels in the village, most with popular bar
Katrine is situated 9 miles west of
Callander via the scenic hill road that runs
between Callander and Aberfoyle.
Loch Katrine has boat trips and a cycle lane
alongside the loch. There are a few trips,
including bike out and boat back.
This area is where Rob Roy the
1700s Scottish outlaw was born and lived.
The hill road then leads 6 miles from Loch
Katrine to Aberfoyle, another popular village
in the Trossachs area.
The image bottom right is of The
Lodge forest visitor centre high in the
hills above Aberfoyle. The Lodge has a museum
giving information on the area, a cafe with
great views, a Go Ape activity centre, walking
routes, and a forest drive past three
Callander history began when the Romans
built a fort here in the first century AD under
the name Bochastle.
1743 - a military road was built through
Callander by Major Caulfeild after the outbreak
of the Jacobite risings.
1803 - William Wordsworth wrote a poem named
Grave, about a Scottish outlaw and Jacobite
from the area in the early 1700s.
1809 - Sir Walter Scott visits the Loch
Katrine and the Trossachs and produces his
famous poem - The Lady of the
Lake, about three men fascinated by a woman
in the area.
1817 - Sir Walter Scott published the novel
creating more interest in the area.
1858 - the Railway reached Callander leading
to a vast increase in visitors. The railway
closed in 1965.
1995 - the film Rob Roy
starring Liam Neeson is released.
2002 - the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National
Park is created covering around 700 square
miles, with the Trossachs section being around
Callander, Loch Katrine and Aberfoyle. See the
Click on Map at the top of the page for
Attractions and mountains in the park.