There are many very good routes for walking and cycling around Callander. The C7 Cycleway from Milngavie to Killin runs along the old railway track parallel to Craigard Road and there are many paths around the Callander Craig and to the Bracklinn Falls very near the cottage. We find the best source for information are the InCallander pages for walking and cycling.
The cruise around Loch Katrine on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott is a very relaxing activity with beautiful scenery. It is also possible to hire bikes at the Loch Katrine Pier and cycle around the loch.
The Forest Drive takes you past three picturesque lochs – Lochan Reòidhte, Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray. Driving the route takes less than a hour, however there are many scenic stops, trails and picnic/ camping sites.
Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument are very popular local attractions, however Doune Castle, which you can see on your right hand side when you cross the narrow bridge on the entrance to Doune was famously used as a location in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and less famously in Game of Thrones.
The Drummond Castle Gardens near Crieff are definently worth visiting.
The David Stirling Memorial lies beside the B824 back-road between the Bridge of Allan and Doune. Sir Stirling is famous as the founder the SAS and has an impressive statue with an even more impressive view towards the hills and mountains of Perthshire, including Ben Ledi and Callander.
The Hamilton Toy Museum is two minutes away from the cottage and always keeps our kids occupied on a rainy afternoon.
Hamish the Highland Cow must also be visited at least once during a stay. You can find him in the field next to the Trossachs Woollen Mill in Kilmahog.
The Blair Drummond Safari Park is also a classic local attraction for children, however the park can get extremely busy in the summer.
The local Deanston Distillery is only approximately 15 minutes’ drive away, and Glenturret Distillery, which is reputed to be the oldest distillery in Scotland, is approximately 45 minutes’ drive away. Both Distilleries have guided tours.
OK, I admit it, I am a big fan. You can visit Andy’s Golden Postbox at the roundabout where the High Street and The Cross meet near the Cathedral in Dunblane.
You can walk to the Callander Golf Course from the cottage. Aberfoyle, Dunblane and Stirling Courses are all nearby and as the cottage is so centrally situated many of Scotland’s famous Courses are within 1 to 2 hours drive.