Callander is the main eastern gateway to Loch Lomond and the Trosschs National Park and is a lively, bustling town with eateries, plenty of B&B’s, shops and has the only fuel station open after 6pm (closes at 8.45pm) if head west. A useful tip for tourists! Callander sits at the eastern end of the Trossachs and at the southern end of the pass of Leny and is the perfect base from which to explore the area. Stirling with its transport links to Glasgow and Edinburgh is just 15 miles east of Callander, making the town a very desirable place to stay for both the outdoor enthusiast and city slicker alike, looking for the best of both worlds. For more information whilst in Callander you will find the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and VisitScotland information centres in the centre of the town.

Brambles: Fine Leather Gifts. Timeless quality leather for every occasion including ladies and gents bags, wallets, purses, personal organisers, travel items, journals and photo albums. We also stock Cross Pens. Our leather goods are sourced from International and renowned manufacturers, where only the very best of hides are used, ranging from semi analine, full grain and vegetable tanned. Purchase that special gift with confidence, from a retailer with over 20 years experience in the leather industry. Open 7 days, all year 10am to 5pm (11am Sun). 22 Main Street, Callander. Tel: 01877 331329.

Nature’s Corner inc The Honey Shop offers choice in organic health foods: juices, supplements, gluten-free products, Bioforce, Solgar, homeoepathics and much more including a fantastic range of honeys and honey based products. We also stock a huge variety of pet supplies. Local delivery, postal service or order online. Open 7 days 9am (12.30pm Sun) to 5pm. 2a Cross Street, Callander. T: 01877 330200.

Poppies Hotel and Restaurant. This charming hotel (only 4 mins walk from Callander town centre) is family owned and run. Offering superb Traditional Scottish Cuisine with modern interpretations in its highly acclaimed restaurant. Fresh local produce, daily changing specials and home-made desserts are their hallmark and part of the reason for the restaurant’s growing reputation. The cosy bar offers a wide range of Malt Whiskies, Spirits and Wines by the glass. “Not just a great .meal……. But a real Dining Experience” (USA). Enjoy lunch in the garden! 12.00 to 2.00pm. Children’s menu available. Superb value “Early Evening Menu” from £12.95. Dinner 6.00 to 9.00pm. Traditional Sunday Lunch. Susan & John look forward to welcoming you to Poppies. Leny Road, Callander. Tel: 01877 330329

The Crags Hotel – this little gem with its lively public bar, warm snug bar and cosy restaurant offers you a big welcome! The talented chefs present a fantastic array of well priced traditional dishes, using the freshest local produce. Some of the finest meats in Britain can be found on the menu including venison, highland beef and lamb. There are of course delicious vegetarian dishes too. Discover The Crags Hotel for yourself at 101 Main Street, Callander, Open 7 days. Tel: 01877 330257.

MHOR Bread is a family run bakery, tearoom and shop. As well as all the old favourites, such as Black Bun, Buttered Bannocks and Perkins, the popular new range of artisan breads includes black olive and rosemary and red onion and poppy seed. Our award-winning range of pies – the traditional Scotch Pie and new venison pie – are made with meat straight from the farm at Monachyle Mhor while the new deli counter serves delicious, freshly made sandwiches. Open: 7am-5pm. 8 Main Street, Callander.  Tel: 01877 339518

MHOR Fish: new wet fish counter, eat in or takeaway. Also a traditional fish & chip shop selling only the finest fish cooked in beef drippings, delicious! Café also boasts homemade venison & beef-burgers, pies etc from Monachyle Mhor Farm. Illy coffee, tea and home-made patisserie. Awarded 5 stars for ‘value for money’ by The Sunday Times. Open 7 days 10am till late (Summer). Closed Mondays in Winter.  Tel: 01877 330213

The Lade Inn: A friendly traditional pub restaurant providing hearty Scottish meals and exclusive Lade Inn real ales; fresh and local is what it’s about – our Head Chef Stephen Park uses only the best locally sourced ingredients.  Complete your night out with our live folk music sing along every Friday and Saturday.  Open all year for lunch and dinner; Children and Dog friendly.  We have a great garden with a bird feeding station. Our Scottish Real Ale Shop has the largest selection of Scottish Real Ales under one roof; choose from 120 products brewed by 26 micro breweries across Scotland from the Shetlands to the Borders.  Free tasting every weekend.  Or buy online from our website.  Located on the junction of A84/A821 at Kilmahog, to book call 01877 330152 or email to find out more visit

McLaren Leisure Centre offers something for all the family: heated indoor swimming pool, purpose built climbing wall complex and a multi-purpose sports hall catering for all indoor sporting activities.  The outdoor floodlit arena caters for tennis and a variety of ball games. Superb fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room and spa bath. A superb modern venue well worth a visit, no matter the weather or time of year. Open 9am to 9pm, 7 days, all year. 10 mins walk from the centre of Callander.  Tel: 01877 330000.

Bracklinn Falls have been popular since Victorian times. The series of dramatic falls in a deep gorge are surrounded by oak trees. The walk to the Falls offers good views of the area. Allow 40 minutes for the walk. Situated above Callander, taking Bracklinn Road to the start of the walk.

The Crags Walk. Up behind Callander is a high wooded ridge, known as the Crags, made of Old Red Sandstone. For the energetic walker, there is a newly constructed route to the very top of the Crags giving spectacular views over Callander and the country to the south, (2hrs round trip). The lower wood walk below the Crags, is well worth the walk with some fine oaks, chestnuts, beeches and firs.