Callander's Calendar- What's On in Callander, The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park - 2018
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.
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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
Strathyre Music Festival - 25 -27 May 2018
Callander Jazz & Blues Festival - Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September 2018 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 Music 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
More details for 2018 to follow.
Arts & Crafts
Callander Summerfest 2018 - July 14th to 29th July - 2weeks of art installations, crafts, music, dance, film, storytelling, workshops and lots more fun. See www.incallander.co.uk/summerfest for more information
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.
Callander Winterfest 2018 - (dates to be confirmed) .
Perthshire Open Studios 2018 - Dates to follow.
Doune Hill Climb Car Competition: 14th/15th April 23rd/24th June 15th/16th September 2018
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 13th May 2018- 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.
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 26th May, 2018
The Atholl Gathering Blair Castle Sunday 27th May, 2018
Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Rugby Ground Saturday 2nd June, 2018
Markinch Highland Games John Dixon Park Sunday 3rd June, 2018
Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games Saturday 9th June, 2018
Strathmore Highland Games Glamis Castle Sunday 10th June, 2018
Cupar Highland Games Duffus Park Sunday 17th June, 2018
Lorne Highland Games Mossfield Park Sunday 24th June, 2018
Kenmore Highland Games Kenmore Sports Field Wednesday 4th July, 2018
Luss Highland Games Luss Village Saturday 7th July, 2018
Alva Games Johnstone Park Saturday 14th July, 2018
Loch Lomond Highland Games Moss O' Balloch Park Saturday 14th July, 2018
Inveraray Highland Games Castle Grounds Tuesday 17th July, 2018
Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & St... Lochearnhead Saturday 21st July, 2018
Airth Highland Games North Greens Park Saturday 28th July, 2018
St. Andrews Highland Games Station Park Sunday 29th July, 2018
Killin Highland Games Killin Wednesday 1st August, 2018
Bridge Of Allan Highland Games... Games Park Sunday 5th August, 2018
Perth Highland Games Scone Palace Park Sunday 12th August, 2018
Stirling Highland Games Royal Stuart Way Saturday 18th August, 2018
Crieff Highland Gathering Market Park Sunday 19th August, 2018
Argyllshire Gathering (Oban) Mossfield Park Thursday 23rd August, 2018
Birnam Highland Games Little Dunkeld Saturday 25th August, 2018
Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland... Bogles Field Sunday 2nd September, 2018
Pitlochry Highland Games Recreation Ground Saturday 8th September, 2018
Skiddadle have a number of great local events in 2018 - see www.skidaddle.org for further information
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)
Food and Drink
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History, Heritage and Archaeology
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