In the scenic Leny Hills, to the west of Callander beyond the Pass of Leny, lie Leny Park and Leny Falls. At one time, all the lands in Leny Park were part of the Leny estate, home of the Buchanan clan for more than 1,000 years. In the wild Leny Glen, a naturalist's paradise, you can see deer grazing. Leny Falls is an impressive sight, near the confluence of the River Leny and the River Teith. In this area you see the remains of an abandoned railway, now a wonderful footpath or cycling path for exploring this scenic area. Rent a bike at Wheels/Trossachs Backpackers, on Invertrossachs Road, in Callander (tel./fax 01877/331-200; www.scottish-hostel.com; daily 10am-6pm), which charges £15 to £25 for a full day, £8 to £16 for a half-day, and £55 to £110 for a week. It also provides bikers with sleeping rooms from about £18 per night, including continental breakfast; conducts organized walks; and, on request, arranges canoe trips. You must make reservations in advance.
About 6.5km (4 miles) beyond the Pass of Leny is Loch Lubnaig (Crooked Lake), divided into two reaches by a rock and considered fine fishing waters. Nearby is Little Leny, the ancestral burial ground of the Buchanans.
You'll find more falls at Bracklinn, 2.5km (1 1/2 miles) northeast of Callander. Bracklinn, in a gorge above the town, is one of the most scenic of the local beauty spots.
One of the most interesting sites around Callander is Balquhidder Church ★, 21km (13 miles) northwest off A84. This is the burial place of Rob Roy MacGregor. The church also has the St. Angus Stone from the 8th century, a 17th-century bell, and some Gaelic Bibles.
A good selection of woolens is at Callander Woollen Mill, 12-18 Main St. (tel. 01877/330-273) -- everything from scarves, skirts, and jackets to kilts, trousers, and knitwear. Another outlet for woolen goods, tartans, and woven rugs is the Trossachs Woollen Mill (tel. 01877/330-178), 1.6km (1 mile) north of Callander on A84 in the hamlet of Kilmahog.
The town has an excellent golf course, the wooded and scenic Callander Golf Course, Aveland Road (tel. 01877/330-090; www.callandergolfclub.co.uk). At this 5,125-yard par-66 course, greens fees are £25 per round or £35 per day on weekdays, £35 per round or £45 per day on Saturdays and Sundays. The trolley charge is included in club rental, which runs £10 to £20 for 18 holes. No caddy service is available. The hilly fairways offer fine views, and the tricky moorland layout demands accurate tee shots.
The Trossachs: Scotland's Fabled Scenic Trail
In 1691, the Rev. Robert Kirk called the Trossachs a commonwealth of "elfs, fawns, and fairies." Known for its idyllic landscapes, the Trossachs is certainly one of Scotland's most fabled and beautiful regions.
Callander is ideal for exploring the Trossachs, which lie to the immediate west of town. The Trossachs Trail extends west from Callander to Loch Lomond, and the area stretches south to Aberfoyle, with the Crianlarich Hills and Balquhidder forming its northern boundary.
You probably won't have time to see all the Trossachs. Our suggestion is to drive 11km (6 3/4 miles) from Callander to the village of Brig o'Turk, which lies between lochs Achray and Venachar, at the foot of Glen Finglas. Here you should get out of your car for a walk. In almost any direction you head, the forested landscape is scenic, with many lochs or lakes. Our favorite walk is the one signposted toward the Archray Forest. Allow at least 2 or 3 hours for exploring this area. You will also see a signpost to the Glen Finglas circular walk. Many hikers set out from Brig o'Turk via Glen Finglas to Balquhidder.
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