Callander is a busy town situated at the heart of The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park. It has a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars and also has a leisure centre and swimming pool. During the Summer in July the Callander Highland Games takes place in the town over 2 days and in late Autumn Callander is also the host of The Callander Jazz Festival which is a very popular event with more than 20 bands performing over 3 days. The National Cycle Route 7 and The Rob Roy Way both go through Callander using the excellent walking and cycling routes around the town. Bike hire is available in the town centre. The impressive Callander Crags overlook the town and further along the Crags are the Bracklin Falls, well worth a visit.
The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park is one of the most scenic areas in Scotland and has a wealth of places to visit and things to do. Your stay at Straidhouse can be relaxing or you can plan some great things to do for every day of your stay. It really is an area where one night is just not enough! We have listed some information on the most popular visitor attractions below. For lots of information on The Trossachs visit this website. (Opens in a new window)
Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre
Situated in Ancaster Square in the centre of Callander it is an elegant building previously a church, the Rob Roy Tourist Information Centre not only provides tourist information services but also an excellent exhibition and audio visual show about Rob Roy.
Historically The Trossachs are a small area defined by the peaks of Ben A'an and Ben Venue, and the Lochs Katrine and Achray. This magnificent area has much to offer in terms of beauty, peace and places of interest. The hills of Ben A'an and Venue are easily accessed by good footpaths and the views from both are spectacular. A good eating place either before or after your walk is the Brig 'O' Turk Tea Room or The Byre Inn. A trip to Loch katrine should include a sail on the S.S. Sir Walter Scott as this is the best way to see the loch. This is at the heart of Rob Roy country and is noted for it's beauty and celebrated in the literature of "The Lady of the Lake", the romantic poem by the Scottish poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott. The village of Glengyle, at the south-eastern head of the loch was the birthplace of the famous Scottish brigand Rob Roy. There is a gift shop and restaurant beside the loch open to all visitors. From the lake you can hire a bicycle and cycle around the lake to see the real beauty of the area.
Three Lochs Forest Drive
The Achray Forest Drive is a seven mile drive through a beautiful forests of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, visiting Lochan Rhoidhe, Loch Achray and Loch Drunkie. Beautiful highland scenery, plenty of parking areas and ideal places for picnics. Open Easter - October and costs £2 per car.
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Another great place for the children with all the usual animals, petting area including Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs, Llamas and sheep. The wild animals include elephants, tigers, giraffes, zebras and white rhinos. Amusements include a Great slide, adventure playground, pedalos on the lake and boat trips to see the monkeys. For those who enjoy barbecues and picnics there is a well equipped area available. Kennels are provided for pets and a Safari Bus for those without a hard topped car. Open March - October 10:00 - 17:30.
The impressive Stirling Castle towers above some of the most important battlefields in Scotland's history; including the site of Stirling Bridge - William Wallace's victory over the English in 1297 and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in 1314. Its just a short drive from Callander and is open all year 09:30 - 18:00 (summer), 17:00 (winter).
As you approach Stirling you will see the National Wallace Monument. This 220ft tower dominates the surrounding plain. Take the 240 steps to the top and you'll enjoy spectacular views. Open all year with seasonal hours and a good restaurant with very nice food.