Callander and surrounding areas have so much to offer the visitor. Here are just a sample of the things to do when next planning a trip to Callander. Some of the attractions on this page may not be open due to Covid19, others may require advance reservations - we recommend you always check in advance of your visit, you may find the Visit Scotland website and Historic Scotland website helpful.
Sail back in time on the Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott on the beautiful Loch Katrine, the SS Sir Walter Scott has been sailing on Loch Katrine for more than a century. This is the area that inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his epic poem “ The Lady of the Lake”. Outlander fans may recognise Brenachoile Point.
A magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle on the banks of the Rivers Teith. Visitors may recognise it as it has been used as a film location in “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” “Game of Thrones” and most recently “Outlander”.
Enjoy a short boat trip and visit this 13th century ruined priory on the idyllic island of Inchmahome on Scotland’s only “Lake” - The Lake of Mentieth. The Priory was used for a short time as a safe haven for the infant Mary Queen of Scots. Visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the island, view the ruins of the Priory and find a secluded picnic spot to relax.
A reconstructed replica of an Iron Age dwelling on beautiful Loch Tay based on the excavation evidence of the Oakbank Crannog just one of 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay.
One of Scotland’s grandest formal gardens, appears in Outlander series as THe Gardens of Versailles.
Visit Inverary Castle and Gardens the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll
Visit Hill House, regarded to be, Scottish artist and architect, Charles Rennie MacKIntosh’s finest domestic creation.
Visit Loch Awe and discover the secret of Ben Cruachan – the hollow mountain.
6 miles from Callander this centre has a huge selection of antiques or visit a local auction held fortnightly in nearby Kinbuck.
The UKs number 1 Forest Adventure vistors can swing through the tree tops on a high wire adventure.
6 miles from Callander - Deanston Distillery on the banks of the River Teith - Distillery tours and Deanston Malt Whisky tasting. The building dates back to 1785 and was originally built as a cotton mill, also used as a film location in “The Angel’s Share”.
A 45 minute drive from Callander - Glengoyne Distillery offers daily Distillery tours and tasting sessions.
One of Scotland’s grandest castles and the most favoured residence of most of Scotland’s medieval monarchs. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned at Stirling Castle in 1543 and her son – later to become King James VI was baptised at Stirling Castle in 1566.
Occupies a magnificent position on Stirling’s highest hill. The Church is close to Stirling Castle and in 1567 the infant King James VI was crowned here as King of Scotland.
Scotland’s most splendid and complete example of a 17th century townhouse.
This monument commemorates the life of Sir William Wallace, Scotland’s National Hero most famous for his victory in 1297 at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Climb the long spital stair case to a magnificent view over the historic city of Stirling and the countryside beyond.
Experience the sights and sounds of a medieval battle in this thrilling immersive interpretation of the 1314 battle which changed Scotland’s history.
About 45 minutes from Callander - An incredible piece of engineering linking the Forth and Clyde Union Canals previously linked by a staircase of 11 locks.
Visit the world’s largest equine sculptures
Visit the magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of May Queen of Scots and her father James V . On a clear day you can see the bridges over the River Forth in Edinburgh.