Enjoy a moderate stroll through woodland and open fields taking in surrounding peaks and the chance of spotting distinctive wildlife.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
The route starts from North Ancaster Square, Callander.
(D/A) Turn left onto Main Street, then right into South Church Street where the old metal bridge crosses the river. Turn left and follow the path to the road below the High School.
(1) Turn right and enter Coilhallan Wood between two small sandstone pillars on the other side of the road. On the route to Coilhallan car park, there are excellent views of Ben Ledi and Callander Crags and good wildlife spotting opportunities.
(2) Turn left onto the road, then cross the Gartchonzie Bridge heading for Dunmore Fort. Enter the Woodland Trust Scotland ground and use the path below the fort.
(3) The fort can be visited by taking the Brig O’Turk path to the left, then a steep uneven path to the right. The main path goes to the right and soon on the left there is a signposted loop,
(4) The loop goes up to Samson’s Stone (the path unsurfaced and is uneven) and rejoins the main path nearer to Kilmahog.
(5) Turn right and take the cycleway towards Callander and use the new metal bridge to cross the river and to join the car park and be back into town (D/A).
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - North Ancaster Square
1 : mi 0.37 - alt. mi 0.37 - Twoo small sandstone pillars
2 : mi 1.81 - alt. mi 1.81
3 : mi 2.3 - alt. mi 2.3 - Dunmore Fort
4 : mi 2.5 - alt. mi 2.5 - Samson’s Stone
5 : mi 3.08 - alt. mi 3.08
D/A : mi 4.57 - alt. mi 4.57 - North Ancaster Square
Surfaced roads, cycleway and well- compacted forest roads and paths with some loose material.
Walkers should wear walking boots and suitable clothing and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code www.outdooraccess-scotland.com
By public transport : The best way to get to Callander is to hop on a bus from Stirling.
By bike : The National Cycle Network Route 7 (NCN 7) runs through the heart of the National Park, and takes in classic Trossachs scenery en route. This route passes right through Callander.
By car : From Glasgow it takes only approximately 1 hour to get here (41 miles) via Stirling, by taking the M80 and then A84. From Edinburgh it takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to get here (51 miles) via Stirling, by taking the M9 and then A84.
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