Callander started life as a tiny Highland-edge settlement, then expanded when it became part of the mid-18th-century military road connecting Stirling with Fort William. The landowner, James Drummond, Duke of Perth, had his holdings confiscated after he chose the wrong side in the last Jacobite uprising. He had been planning a rebuild of his town, which the authorities carried out. Before long this grid of streets squeezed between river and crag was in a good place to take advantage of the new tourists’ Romantic tastes. Callander became a gateway to the scenic delights that lay beyond. Two centuries later, it still fulfils that role.
In that time, its rail connection has come and gone – now part of the Rob Roy Way and National Cycle Route 7 – though these are only two of the outdoor excursions within easy reach of the main street! (The Callander Crags and the Bracklinn Falls are two more.)
Callander offers the widest choice of shopping, dining and accommodation in the area and is busy with visitors throughout the year – a classic Scottish Highland-edge resort town.