Catch the views of Callander Crags
It's well worth the climb up through the woods behind the town to the rocky Callander Crags, where you can enjoy spectacular views north to the mountains and lochs of the Highlands and south to the gently rolling Lowlands.
Callander is a popular place to start exploring The Trossachs. This is a bustling town that celebrates its links with Rob Roy, Scotland's most notorious outlaw. And if it looks familiar once you get there, it may be because Callander was the location for the original Doctor Findlay's Casebook television series.
Please note, Callander Crags trail loop has been fully reopened following clearance of windblown trees. For more information regarding this work visit our storm damage and diversion page.
Find the essentials in Callander
There are public toilets, and plenty of places for parking, shopping and refreshments in Callander. There's also a Tourist Information Centre.
Please note, Callander Crags trail loop has been fully reopened following clearance of windblown trees. For more information regarding this work visit our storm damage at Callander Crags page.
The stiff climb to the top of Callander Crags is rewarded with panoramic views over Callander and the Trossachs.
Sustained long steep slopes for up to 800m. Rough rock and earth paths with muddy sections and tree roots. Includes long flight of uneven rock steps.
2 ¼ miles / 3.7 km Allow 1½ hours
This trail winds through the trees behind the town before climbing steeply through conifer woodland to the crags. The route follows the edge of the crags – take care here – with the option to divert to the cairn built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
There is a magnificent panoramic view from the crags, encompassing Callander town, Loch Venachar, Ben Ledi and across The Trossachs to Ben Lomond, as well as to Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and the Ochil Hills beyond. The descent leads through mixed woodland, where the many large beech, oak and birch trees put on a colourful show in autumn.
Mountain biking trails
Rob Roy Way long distance trail
The Rob Roy Way passes through Callander. This 94 mile (151km) trail runs from Drymen to Pitlochry, following the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw. Find out more about him at the Rob Roy Centre in Callander.
Find out about more walking routes around Callander, and get more information on the geology and heritage of the town and surrounding area, by downloading the Callander Paths leaflet.
Where the Highlands meet the Lowlands
Callander Crags are a distinctive part of the Highland Boundary Fault, a remarkable rocky ledge stretching right across Scotland that formed when two ancient continents collided 390 million years ago.
For more information about the rocks and landforms in and around Callander, download the Stories in the Landscape leaflet.
How to get here
Callander lies on the A84, about 15 miles (24km) north of Stirling. Once in the town centre, turn off to follow the sign to Bracklinn Falls. Look out for the Callander Crags car park on the left hand side after about 500 yards.
The car park is at grid reference NN 633 081.
FK17 8EQ is the nearest postcode.
The nearest railway station is at Stirling. There are regular buses running to Callander from Stirling and Killin. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.
National Cycle Route 7 (Inverness to Glasgow) also passes through Callander.
Strathyre – head north from Callander to explore this rugged glen and tranquil Loch Lubnaig, and discover a series of trails that wind through woodland around Strathyre village and above the River Balvag.
Loch Katrine – turn off at Kilmahog and into the heart of The Trossachs to discover the legendary loch that inspired poets and artists. You can enjoy the spectacular Highland scenery by taking a steamship ride along the loch, cycling along the shore or following some picturesque trails. A highlight is the Art & Literature Trail along the shore.
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre – The Lodge, perched just above Aberfoyle, is a great place to find information about what to see and do in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. It also has a café with fantastic views, as well as parking, toilets, trails and souvenirs. It’s also home to Go Ape.
Find out more in our guide to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
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