On Callander Crags

It was such a beautiful day after our early morning walk up Ben A’an, that we decided another ramble was called for – up to the high ground of Callander Crags. Now this is usually pushed as a tourist walk, but it’s not as easy as is sometimes suggested. Worth it though for the stunning views.

Queen Victoria’s Cairn (c) John Bainbridge 2019

Leaving Callander we walked up along steep woodland paths to the crags. In fact, these are barely visible when the leaves are on the trees, but what you do get are widening views back over Ben Ledi – a favourite of ours – up the glen towards Loch Venechar, and over the wild country beyond the Keltie Water.

Ben Ledi (c) John Bainbridge 2019

You are left in no doubt that this is the Highland Line. You stand near the top and look across to where the Trossachs dip down to the lower ground of the Central Belt. On our clear day we could see the Wallace Monument at Stirling and the flow of the River Teith.

The path winds on – woodland falling away towards the town on one side and lonely hill country to the north.DSCF1611

Eventually, we came to the cairn built by local worthy Malcolm Ferguson to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee of 1897 – a wonderful viewpoint over the town.

Callander (c) John Bainbridge 2019

A steep descent, muddy and slippery, brought us down to a farm road, along which we headed back to the town. We took a short diversion to look at the Chalybeate Red Well. An ancient spring with a history dating back to pagan times. The water comes out so thick, it’s more gunge than liquid.

The Red Well (c) John Bainbridge 2019

Soon afterwards the town was reached. We passed Arden House, which was the film location for the television series Dr Finlay’s Casebook when I was young. The author of the stories, A J Cronin knew the town. He probably walked the route we had taken as did, in their time, two greater writers, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Arden House (c) John Bainbridge 2019

All three used this wonderful Trossachs landscape in their fiction.

Published by John Bainbridge

Rambler, hillwalker, stravaiger and trespasser, access campaigner. Novelist writing historical and period crime fiction.

9 thoughts on “On Callander Crags

  1. I once got thrown INTO a pub in Callander! I was sat outside in the sun drinking my lime and soda and the publican came out and told me I had to go inside to drink it (in the shade!) as ‘drinking in the street’ wasn’t allowed. I said I thought that referred to alcohol but he still made me come back in 😦

    Are those crags and that farm road the ones on the way up to Braeleny Farm? The back route to Stuc a’ Chroin and Beinn Each?

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  2. This place is amazing, John. I don’t know Callander or the Crags at all, but you make it look so inviting. I’m intrigued by the Red Well – do you know why it’s so thick, and red – is it very ferrous rock up there? I’d love to see that.

    By the way, apologies for the late view on this, but it seems WordPress has decided not to notify me of your, and some other peoples’ posts any more. WordPress seems full of glitches at the moment, including my own site, and I’m struggling to sort it all out, so please bear with me. In the meantime, I’ll drop in to your site instead to make sure I don’t miss anything. Hope all’s well with you, though. 🙂

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