What's On

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.

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 



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.


Motoring Events

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.


Sports Events




Highland Games


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


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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