Callander's Calendar- What's On in Callander, The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park - 2017
Callander hosts a variety of cultural and sporting events throughout the year.
Three annual events that visitors and residents of Callander look forward to are:
The opening ceremony and parade that marks the start of the salmon fishing season on the River Teith on February 1st and The Callander Jazz and Blues Festival that runs annually for 3 days at the start of October.
Callander Highland Games which take place in July are world famous and provide lots of fun for locals and visitors alike.
Throughout the year there are farmers markets, sporting events and various festivals taking place in and around Callander. Destination Callander regularly updates the Events Diary to keep you informed.
Scroll down to see whats on, where and when
Cruises and Boat Trips
Loch Katrine Experience - Sail on The Steamship Sir Walter Scott
Sail on stunning Loch Katrine aboard the iconic Steamship Sir Walter Scott. This trip is an absolute "must do" when visiting the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The scenery around the loch is breathtaking and the area is steeped in history, from Rob Roy Mcgregor, to the romantic poem "Lady of The Lake" by Sir Walter Scott, and the brilliant feat of Victorian engineering which allows Loch Katrine to provide a clean and wholesome water supply for the City of Glasgow.
There are special events at Loch Katrine throughout the year - see www.lochkatrine.com
Callander Jazz & Blues Festival - 29th, 30th September and 1st October 2017. See www.callanderjazz.com
This annual celebration of the best in Jazz and Blues features a packed 3 day programme in numerous venues throughout Callander.
Why not come and stay for the festival for then stay on to enjoy all our fantastic area has to offer.
Live Entertainment at The Crown Hotel Callander
Live entertainment at the Crown Hotel, Callander every Saturday and the very best of live Scottish & Irish Traditional music every Sunday evening from 8.30pm.
Nature & Wildlife
Glen Finglas- Beginner's Guide to Bats- Lendrick Steading , Brig o' Turk FK17 8HR WoodlandTrust Scotland
Saturday 2nd September , 2017 7.00pm to 9.30pm
An indoor session followed by a practical field session at dusk.
FREE but booking essential!
For more information and booking visit Woodlant Trust event page or contact
[email protected] (0330 333 3300)
Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.
Arts & Crafts
BLiSS Sculpture Trail - follow the Sculpture Trail of 13 art installations from Loch Lubnaig (just north of Callander) to St Fillans on the shores of Loch Earn. Follow our Loch Earn Scenic Drive on our Outdoor Activities Page.
Perthshire Open Studios - 2nd-10th September 2017.
Doune Hill Climb Car Competition: 16th/17th April 17th/18th June 16th/17th September 2017
Track adjacent to the Scottish Antiques Centre, Doune , Perthshire
Come and enjoy the spectacle of powerful cars climbing the twisty one and half mile track against the clock. Wander round the paddock, see the cars and drivers up close. A great day out for all petrolheads.
Charity Classic Car Show- Sunday 14th May 2017- Bridge of Allan Games Park, By Stirling - 11am
Stirling and District Classic Car Club organise this annual show, one of the largest in Scotland, to raise funds for local charities.
See over 600 classic cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles of all ages, autojumble, and fairground rides for the kids.
Over the years more than £60000 has been given to local charities, so please come and support us.
Callander Highland Games - Sunday 30th July 2017.
Come and enjoy our tradtional Highland Games featuring feats of strength and competitve events, a funfair and more.
See www.facebook.com/callanderhighlandgames/ for full information
There are Highland Games at various venues throughout the summer months. Callander is centrally located and many of the venues can be reached by car in under an hour, so you can take in an event as part of your holiday. Listed below are the dates and locations of the various Highland Games.
Some of these dates are provisional - see www.shga.co.uk/events.php for further information.
Blackford Highland Games – Saturday 27 May 2017
Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games Saturday 3 June 2017
Bearsden & Milngavie HG Saturday 10 June 2017
Lorne Highland Games, Oban Sunday 25 June 2017
Luss Highland Games – Saturday 1st July 2017
Kenmore Highland Games – Wednesday 5 July 2017
Alva Games – Saturday 8 July 2017
Loch Lomond Highland Games – Saturday 15 July 2017
Kinlochard Gathering – Sunday 16 July 2017
Roseneath Penisula Highland Games – Sunday 16 July 2017
Inverary Highland Games – Tuesday 18 July 2017
Airth Highland Games – Saturday 22 July 2017
Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and St Fillans Highland Games – Saturday 22 July 2017
Highland Games Callander - Sunday 30 July 2017
Killin Highland Games – Wednesday 2nd August 2017 TBC
Bridge of Allan Highland Games – Sunday 6th August 2017
Perth Highland Games – Sunday 13 August 2017
Stirling Highland Games – Saturday 19th August 2017
Crieff Highland Gathering – Sunday 20 August 2017
Argyllshire Gathering, Oban – Thursday 24 August 2017
Skiddadle have a number of great local events in 2017 - see www.skidaddle.org for further information
The Loop O' The Loch Race , also starting at Callender Meadows carpark is on Saturday 10th June.
There are also 5 other events in the Trossachs 10k series of running events taking place throughout the year.
Gardens and Gardening
GARGUNNOCK HOUSE GARDEN
Large mature garden just five miles from Stirling, with Walled Garden, well established house garden, woodland walks with species and hybrid rhododendrons, massed plantings of azaleas and wonderful specimen trees. Snowdrops in February/March, over 40 varieties of daffodils in bloom in April and the glorious display of Azaleas and Rhododendrons in May. Later in the year it is a delight to see the late season colours from the many wonderful trees along the drive to the house in Autumn. The three acre Walled Garden is being fully restored with perennial borders, cut flower beds, kitchen garden with newly planted orchard. We have picnic benches and seating in the Walled Garden area. New arboretum of specialist trees was planted in spring 2016.
Five miles west of Stirling on A811, follow the Scotland's Gardens signs.
Sunday 23 April 2:00pm - 5:00pm 5 February - 12 March 11:00am - 3:30pm (every day) for Snowdrop Festival 13 March - 30 September 11:00am - 3:30pm (Mon - Fri only)
£5.00 April 23rd only. £4.00 other dates. Accompanied children free. Money to go in the Honesty Box at the Car Park.
Food and Drink
Callander Malt Whisky Society- Inaugural Meeting Friday 31st March 2017
7-30 to 9-30 pm at the Waverley Hotel, 88-92 Main Street, Callander, FK17 8BD
Talks, Tastings and Tours- Be there and make it happen
Spaces limited- register an interest at [email protected]
History, Heritage and Archaeology
Knock on History's Door- An exclusive evening tour of the National Wallace Monument, Stirling- 11th and 12th August 2017- Times vary