Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Helensburgh

Hill House

Built in 1902 for Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie, this is perhaps architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest creation – its timeless elegance still feels chic today. The interiors are stunning, with rose motifs …
Top Choice National Park in Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park

Two areas of great natural beauty, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, became the heart of Scotland's first national park, created in 2002. The park extends over a huge area, from Balloch north to Tyndrum and Killin, and…
Top Choice Scottish in Callander

Callander Meadows

Informal and cosy, this well-loved restaurant in the centre of Callander occupies the front rooms of a Main St house. It's truly excellent; there's a contemporary flair for presentation and unusual flavour combinati…
Top Choice Scottish in Callander

Venachar Lochside

On lovely Loch Venachar, 4.5 miles west of Callander, this cafe-restaurant has a stunning waterside setting and does a nice line in carefully sourced produce (including delicious local trout) prepared in innovative …
Top Choice Deli in Aberfoyle

Aberfoyle Delicatessen & Trossachs Butcher

This main-street shop is a cut above most of Aberfoyle's culinary offerings. There's good produce for self-caterers and excellent sandwiches, but the pies are a step beyond even those. Steak and black pudding? Venis…
Top Choice Museum in Callander

Hamilton Toy Collection

The Hamilton Toy Collection is a powerhouse of 20th-century juvenile memorabilia, chock-full of dolls houses, puppets and toy soldiers. It's an amazing collection and a guaranteed nostalgia trip. Phone ahead in wint…
Top Choice Scottish in Balquhidder

Monachyle Mhor

This brilliant rural restaurant serves soups, sandwiches and scones as well as lunches and fabulous dinners (£65), which are high quality, sustainably sourced and deliciously innovative.
Pub Food in Western Shore

Drover’s Inn

Don't miss this low-ceilinged howff (drinking den), just north of Ardlui, with its smoke-blackened stone, kilted bartenders, and walls festooned with moth-eaten stags’ heads and stuffed birds. The convivial bar, whe…
Seafood in Callander

Mhor Fish

This simply decorated spot, with formica tables and a hodgepodge of chairs, sources brilliant sustainable seafood. Browse the fresh catch then eat it pan-seared in the dining area accompanied by a decent wine select…
Bistro in Helensburgh

Riverhill Courtyard

This striking brick-lined split-level space down an alley off a principal Helensburgh street is a great spot. A range of influences from Asia to the Mediterranean inform a fun menu that covers a lot of bases. It's a…