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Callander Town

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Lenymede Bed and Breakfast is located on the western edge of Callander, a small Scottish rural town known as the Gateway to The Trossachs and to Rob Roy country. To see an aerial view of the locality click here.

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The Town

Lenymede Bed and Breakfast is located on the western edge of Callander, a small Scottish rural town which is a gateway to The Trossachs and Rob Roy country. To see an aerial view of the locality click here. The town grew to prominence with the Oban Railway which is now disused and provides a cycle way and footpath providing one of the many amenities of this popular tourist destination. Set beneath steep wooded crags the town is flanked on the south side by the River Teith and from almost every point in the town Ben Ledi, the tallest mountain in The Trossachs, can be seen standing proudly at the entrance to the Leny Pass.

Callander Meadows - 6kThe Meadows offer a pleasant riverside stroll and in the winter many visiting waterfowl may be seen. Keep your eyes open for feral mink, goldeneye, cormorants, kingfishers and salmon. An 18 hole golf course can provide many hours of relaxation, go sailing on a loch, canoeing in one of the many waterways, or take a stroll along one of the nearby. Alternatively visit the Rob Roy Tourist Information Centre and see the audio visual story of Rob Roy and learn something of local history.

During the summer many open air activities and entertainments take place in the town square, many of them for children. In the event of inclement weather active visitors may care to use the facilities at the McLaren Leisure Centre. There are many interesting shops including outlets for the local woollen mills, and of course a wide selection of restaurants, tea rooms and pubs. Callander was the original location for the BBC TV series 'Dr. Finlay's Casebook'. Read on for details of things to see and do in and around Callander.

For important addresses including the doctor, dentist, police station, churches, bureau de change and banks go to Important Addresses and Phone Numbers.

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Callander World Highland Games

In conjunction with The Trossachs Highland Festival, Callander hold an annual World Highland Games. Organised by The Callander and District Round Table this event features many athletes from around the world who compete in feats of strength including hammer throwing and caber tossing, and lifting, carrying and pulling of large weights. For further information see Trossachs Highland Festival and the Callander World Highland Games.

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The Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre

Situated in Ancaster Square in 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. Real name Robert MacGregor (1671-1734), he was variously known as a clan leader, brigand, cattle trader and rustler. He would perhaps be seen in these days as a revolutionary. A member of the outlawed clan Gregor, his lands were confiscated in 1712 by the 1st Duke of Montrose and was imprisoned by the English in the 1720s. Both Rob Roy and The Trossachs rose to wider fame in the 19th century as a result of his depiction as a national hero in the popular novel Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott who visited the area. Click here for contact information and opening times.

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Callander Walks

As a centre for walking at all levels of ability Callander is unsurpassed, offering many easy woodland, forest and loch side walks as well as a range of peaks within easy reach including a number of Munros. Many of these walks start at Callander, while others are only a short distance away and can be reached by bus or car.

Walks include the Lower and Upper Wood Walks, Callander Craig, Bracklinn Falls, Callander - Strathyre cycle and foot path, Dunmore Hill Fort and many more. Further information can be found on the Walking Page.

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Caber Tosser

Places to Visit

Want to see ancient monuments such as castles, country houses, palaces and priories, historic battle sites, magnificent highland scenery, lochs, rivers, forests, or just searching for a peaceful spot, then Callander is the ideal location form which to find them all. For further information on places to visit go to the Places Page.

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Things to Do

Callander and The Trossachs are a perfect location for outdoor activities including walking, biking, canoeing, horse riding, sailing, golf and fishing. For further information on these go to the Activities Page.

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Where to Eat

Here is a list of a few local eateries. Those with a comment have been visited personally, or come recommended by independent diners.

The Myrtle Inn, Stirling Road, Callander
Call : 01877 330 919
Open : Daily, 1100 - 2300, possibly reduced in Jan.
Cost : Starters from £1.95, main course from £5.95.
A personal favourite, good home cooking, sizable portions, small and friendly. The Leek and Gloucester Tart is excellent, the steak pie filling.

The Lade Inn, Kilmahog, FK17 8HD
Call : 01877 330 152
Open : All year, 1200 - 1500, 1730 - 2300, Fri until 2400, Sun 1200 - 2300
Cost : Starters from £1.99, main course from £5.95.
Food good, nice old pub atmosphere, ceilidths on Saturday nights not to be missed.
Chinese Village, 10 Leny Road, Callander
Call : 01877 331 221
Open : Daily 1600 - 2330, except Friday. Winter may be closed some days.
Cost : Starters from £3.00, main course from £6.00.
Excellent food, very good sized portions. Extensive take-away menu.
Riverside Inn, Leny Road, Callander
Call : 01877 331 536
Open : Daily 1100 - 1200, Fri & Sat to 0100
Cost : Starters from £2.00, main course from £4.00.
Lacking a little in atmosphere, but the food is good and reasonably priced.
Mimmo's Pizza Parlour, 65A Main Street, Callander
Call : 01877 330 223
Open : Daily, summer 1100 - 1200, winter 00 - 00
Cost : Take-away; pizzas from £3.00, pasta from £3.95.
Wonderful pizzas and pasta. Eat in, very plain, or take-away.
Sherry's Restaurant, 114, Main Street, Callander, FK17 8BQ
Call : 01877 331 070
Open : All year. Summer, 1000 - 2100; Spring & Autumn, 1000 - 2000, Winter, 1200 - 1800.
Cost : Starters from £1.95, main course from £5.45.
The Byre Inn, Brig O'Turk
Call : 01877 376 292
Open : Daily except Tuesday
Cost : Medium - High
Wonderful atmosphere, superb food. The restaurant is a must for that special occassion. A personal favourite.
The Tearoom & Licensed Restaurant, Brig O'Turk
Call : 01877 376 267
Open : Daily, 1100 -1600, 1800 - 2000
Depending upon weather closed from 17th December - 6th Jan.
Cost : Excellent value. Starters from £1.60, main course from £4.40.
A personal favourite, excellently placed after doing Ben A'An. Very good portions, super vegetables, lovely food. Dinner must be booked.

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Where to Park

There are two main car parking areas in Callander, both of which are pay and display. The best one is the Meadows Car Park situated by the River Teith and is opposite Station Road. Do not leave your car overnight during periods of heavy rain. The other is just up Station Road, easily recognised by the Dreadnought Hotel on the corner. Ancaster Square, where the Tourist Information Centre is sited, has somewhat limited parking on both sides of the road. Callander has a its own Traffic Warden so be sutre to park in legal parking zones.

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Callander Sketch Map

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Callander Town Map - click to enlarge.

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