Conveniently located near Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and not more than few hours’ drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth, Callander is loved by tourists and visitors. It might seem small at first, but once you start walking the different paths and following the cycling route, you will realise how many stunning places you can actually visit in this town. We decided to spend one whole day here and filmed our discoveries.
First of all, it should be mentioned that Callander is not the easiest destination to reach via public transport (you can catch a bus from Stirling train station), but fear not: if you do not have a car, renting a bike will be a fun option to explore the surroundings. That’s what we did.
After a quick breakfast at Main St. Bakery, we picked up our bikes from Wheelology and started to make our way up to the Bracklinn Falls. We rode past Callander Golf Club, stopped a few times to admire the view from the top of the hill (and to catch our breath), and then we finally arrived at our destination, where the clear running water and the low tree branches reminded us of all those fairy tales we would read as children.
On the way back, we decided to ride through the woods, past the faerie tree (see Myths and Legends article on our blog), and then head towards Callander Meadows, where locals were soaking up the sun while walking their dogs or fishing on the River Teith. After a delicious lunch with a view at the Riverside Inn, we returned our bikes and prepared for the second part of the day.
We headed back on the path that took us to the waterfalls and carried on towards a secondary route that lead us to Callander Crags and the Jubilee Cairn. Needless to say, we had to stop and take some time to admire the breath-taking view.
Callander may be small and unassuming, but if you are looking for adventure and have a day to spare, it will be worth every minute.
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