Today we’re visiting Callander. On our last trip, our lovely host Donnie of Ballochneck House encouraged us to go to Callander and while there to make sure we visit Mhor Fish – which we didn’t do because we instead followed his other advice and visited Rob Roy’s grave at Balquhidder.

So this time we’re going!

We saw the Whisky Castle last visit, and hubby fell in love with Scottish beer, so I figure this is a must see this time around. They have over 210 Scottish beers! If you love Scottish beer, this seems like a no-brainer.

There’s a café and a fish and chip shop (called a ‘chippie’) attached. Apart from Donnie’s personal recommendation, it was voted one of the 50 Best Cafes in the UK and won Best Newcomer in the prestigious Observer Food Monthly awards. We have to eat somewhere while we’re in Callander, right?

The Bracklinn Falls are a series of stepped waterfalls north-east of Callander. The walk down to the falls crosses a spectacular wooden bridge which replaced the original cast-iron bridge, built for a visit of Queen Victoria in the 1870s (and destroyed in 2004 by flooding).

Apparently the Falls are one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Scotland and are especially impressive after a heavy rain fall. The best place to view the falls is suspended right above the cascade!

The gorge which the falls of the Keltie Burn flow through has been formed by the action of the water on soft puddingstone which lies in a fault at this point, and so has eroded much faster than the surrounding rock.

The walk out to the Falls looks beautiful and an opportunity for the kids to have some fun.

Ciara Ballintyne is visiting Scotland in 2016 – join her on a virtual tour of Scotland and other parts of Great Britain as she plans her trip. Somewhere you think she should go or stay? Please comment!

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