Bracklinn Falls And Callander Crags
Length: About 4 miles
Start: Bracklinn Falls carpark
Fairly energetic, stout footwear recommended. This walk is a mixture of woodland and crag-top walking, and includes a visit to some waterfalls and great views over the town, over the hills to the north as well as towards Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond, Doune and Stirling.
At the East end of Callander, walk/drive up Bracklinn Rd for about 1/4 mile, pass a car park on your left, then up a steep hill to the Bracklinn Falls carpark on the right. At the car park, turn along the path to the Falls. At first the view to the right is hidden by trees, but it soon opens up and the main road can be seen crossing the level plain towards Doune.The line of the old Dunblane to Oban rail line can also be seen.
Follow the signs and descend to the Falls, crossing them by the footbridge - keep the kids on a lead at this point!.
Bear left after crossing the river and find a path which follows the river upstream then rises steeply to the woods and onto a track which curves around the hill. Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond beyond the Trossachs are seen to the west.
Don't take any right turns - you'll get lost! After a half mile or so the forest track now drops down left to cross Keltie Water. Here is another waterfall and deep pool (Scouts pool) below the bridge . Climb the path up the other side of the bridge and walk up the track to the public road then turn left for nearly a mile.
As you walk down this quiet lane, watch for a path on the right marked ‘Callander Crags’ (just past telephone pole number 34). This climbs steeply up through awkward paths in scrubby woodland then open ground to the ridge.
At the top is the cairn built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and restored in 2000. This affords a magnificent view to Ben Ledi, Ben Lomond beyond the Trossachs and to the peaks of Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin on the north side. To the south-east are Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument with the Ochil Hills beyond.
The path descends after the cairn, and immediately after a scramble to a small bridge.
Option: Turn left off the main path down steps through the trees. There are about 80 rough steps then a forest track. Turn left where the track meets the forestry road just past a waymark post and follow to the public road. Bracklinn falls carpark is up the hill to the left or turn right to return to Callander.
Option 2: Back at the bridge on the ridge, this walk may be extended by continuing along the ridge and through the trees (very dangerous drops to the left through the trees) and then decending steeply on a built up gravel path to the west end of Callander. This means walking back through the town or preferably the lower crags walk to get your car if you left it at the Bracklinn Falls car park. This option adds around 2 miles to the walk.
Short walk to Bracklinn Falls
A shorter easier walk of about 1/2 mile to the falls and return by the same route can be made from the falls car park