Near the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, Callander is a popular tourist town and is, unsurprisingly, nicknamed the 'Gateway to the Highlands'.
Human activity has been present in Callander since the Neolithic period, when there was probably a small ceramics industry in the area. Since the opening of the railway in the Victorian era, the town has attracted large numbers of tourists, although it has still retained its quiet, rural atmosphere and historic buildings. Today, one of the main annual events here is the bustling Callander Jazz and Blues Festival, which began in 2006 and typically takes place each October.
What to see in the local area
One of Scotland's most magnificent lakes, Loch Lomond features dozens of islands and belongs to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. As you might expect, the lake is also a very popular location for water sports, and is known for its special Loch Lomond dock plant, which isn't grown anywhere else in the world.
Another picturesque community, Aberfoyle, is home to Britain's largest Go Ape adventure park, known for its formidable zip-line slide. The village is also very close to the handsome lake of Loch Ard, which is encircled by a popular mountain biking route.
Further afield – Glen Coe
A drive through Glen Coe is an unforgettable journey through an unspoilt wilderness of lush, windswept grasslands overlooked by striking rocky peaks and dramatic caves. Here you can witness one of the most spectacular panoramic views in Britain or, in the winter and spring months, enjoy some of the best skiing conditions in the country, high up at the Glencoe Mountain Resort.
Where to eat and stay
When you're eager for some authentic Scottish and British classics in a traditional country inn setting, choose The Lade Inn, or try the Deli Ecosse for other delicious British-themed dishes. If, however, you're after some vibrant Asian flavours, dine at Spice Delight, or choose the elegant Ciro's Italian Restaurant for more divine cuisine. There are also plenty of friendly Callander hotels, including the stylish Coppice House and the attractive and deluxe Arran Lodge.
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