The Guardian recently described Callander as looking ‘like Disney bought up the place and squished the whole of Scotland into a few square miles’.
And it’s true – everything fairytale about the Scottish Highlands can be found in the area, from tumbling waterfalls to tranquil lochs and from emerald glens to misty castles.
So why not treat someone to a little Callander magic as a Christmas gift with a stay in a lovely 18th century guest house?
Escape to Callander
Available until the end of March, this offer from the historic Highland Guest House is for a one or two night stay for two in a twin or double room.
A mini bottle of Prosecco on arrival, full Scottish breakfast and three course dinner at the Channel 4 award-winning hotel next door are all included.
Built in 1790, the Highland Guest House is a neat Georgian residence quietly situated just off the main street and close to the river. It is full of charm and character with some original features still intact. A unique perk is the owner’s bagpipe playing that often accompanies breakfast.
Each of the ten rooms is individually decorated with an ensuite bathroom, TV, clock radio and hospitality tray. One dog is also welcome for a £10 supplement.
With Loch Lomond & The Trossachs nearby, as well as all the charms of Callander town itself, there will be no shortage of things to see and do.
Enjoy a three course meal
Guests will be dining right next door in The Waverley Hotel, a Channel 4 award-winning traditional inn that serves Scottish pub food favourites.
Your three course meal for two will be from the hotel’s set menu. If you choose option two, then dinner will be on your first night.
Menus can change seasonally, but typical mains might include the slow-cooked pork belly with creamy dauphinoise potatoes, the chicken supreme in a creamy smoked cheese sauce and the Waverley steak & ale pie using locally sourced beef and Belhaven gravy.
Vegetarian, vegan and wheat/gluten-free options are also available, please arrange with the hotel at the time of booking.
Explore Rob Roy Country
Pretty Callander is known as the gateway to the Highlands, ideal if you want to immerse yourself in Scotland’s rugged beauty without having to travel too far. It is the ideal base for exploring Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Rob Roy’s Grave or Doune Castle.
There are plenty of attractions in the town as well, including the River Teith, Callander Golf Course and the fascinating Hamilton Toy Collection. The beautiful Bracklinn Falls are well worth seeing and just a short walk from the guest house.
Or why head to Loch Katrine and take a trip on the Sir Walter Scott steamboat?
The Highland Guest House has earned some rave reviews on TripAdvisor, shortened for length:
‘I always book five star hotels, and have stayed several times in Claridge’s (London)...I simply cannot fault this guest house, or the people that run it and work there…the upkeep is excellent, the decor is great, the facilities are just what you need with no frivolities, the food is just lovely, the beds are superbly comfortable, and the staff are just wonderful, friendly people who did everything right. I have never before given any hotel a perfect score, but the Highland House truly deserves it.’
‘Cosy B&B in Callander. Cute and clean room, warm…very quiet, tea with delicious cookies in the room, comfortable bed, enough light to read, tasty English breakfast, fruits offered, warm shower in a comfortable cabin, friendly and helpful owner, free parking on the street in front of the hotel, free and fast WiFi, books to borrow, liquid soap and shower gel available.’
‘We had a great stay, Tom and wife very friendly, breakfast was great with Tom playing his bagpipes through breakfast, a really nice & unusual touch. Our room was lovely, very spacious. The hotel was immaculate…very central near all the bars & restaurants within a minute’s walk. Would definitely stay again if ever back in Callander.’
Lovely Christmas present
If you know someone who’d love to be whisked off to a land of castles, glens and lochs, then why not surprise them this Christmas with the gift of a Callander getaway?
With breakfast, a three course dinner and mini bottle of Prosecco included, this would be the perfect opportunity to explore the Gateway to the Highlands.