Water Sports around Callander

The area around Callander famous for it lochs and rivers: fact within about 15 miles of Callander there are 11 lochs and 5 main rivers, all of which offer some kind of watersport. Some of the better known are Loch Venachar; Loch Achray; River Teith; map_master.jpg (44863 bytes)River Earn; and Loch Lubnaig, but there are many more lochs and lochans hidden in the glens and hills. Having such a wealth of lochs and rivers allows visitors to maximise their enjoyment of water –based sports such as sailing, boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

The rivers rising in this region flow both east and west, to the rivers Tay, Forth and Clyde as the watersheds in the region shed their water in three directions. The rivers have different natures and offer everything from slow deep peaceful stretches to rapids that test the most advanced canoe or white water rafting enthusiast. The Lochs can be small and interesting, or large and exposed. Some have hosts of small islands to explore – some even have the remains of ancient dwellings or strongholds on crannogs.

This pack contains details on some of the water sports on offer in the area and some background to allow you to choose which activity you want to undertake. We can organise single events, whole day activities or 3/5/7 day activity packages for you. Just tell us what you would like and we will do the rest. More details are available from the staff at the hotel or from the local tourist office.

At the back of this pack are a series of questions about some of the things you may see or visit whilst out on the rivers and lochs. By answering these questions correctly and returning it to reception at the Dalgair you can win a prize! Ask the hotel staff for more details.

wpe1B.jpg (49686 bytes)Dalgair Activity Day
If you wish a full day of activities either on or off the water we can arrange for you to go to the very popular Go Forth Activity Centre at Loch Ard. Loch Ard is to be found just north of Aberfoyle on the Inversnaid road, just 20 minutes from the centre of Callander. Go Forth have a huge range of water sports available including sailing, canoeing, rowing, rafting, kayaking and Canadian canoeing

For those who don’t like the water they can also offer land-based activities such as land rover safari, archery, clay pigeon shooting and quad biking. Activities can be organised for all ages and for all levels of ability. If you wish you can spend the morning on the loch and the afternoon on land, finished with a pint in the local Altskeith Hotel with unmissable views over the loch.

Water Sports

Graphic:-Sailing Loch LomondThere are outdoor activity centres scattered all over the Trossachs area, and more open every year so there is no shortage of resources, whether your interest be on the water, in the water or just looking.
Within 30 minutes drive of Callander, there are at least six lochs and four rivers providing some form of watersport, sailing, kayaks, water-ski-ing, whitewater canoing, diving and fishing- the list is endless. Below are some of the days out we can organise for you on, in or beside the water. Let us know what you would like to do and we will organise the rest: equipment, instructors, even transport.
Graphic:-canoes At the Dalgair we can organise canoeing or kayaking for all ages and age levels. A very popular canoe trip for less experienced adventurers starts at the Meadows car park in Callander and follows the river Teith eastwards via placid pools, two or three easy rapids and some tree lined fast and straight stretches for about five miles to an easy pick-up point near to the main road to Stirling. The Teith is easily navigable by canoe all the way to Doune! Canoes can be hired at the activity centre at Kenmore on Loch Tay. (Tel 01567 820 652) and the River Lochay provides a quiet route to Loch Tay and the islands. Canoeing is also available on Loch earn, 15 minutes north of Callander.

Sailing & Whitewater Rafting
Loch Tay is 30 minutes north of Callander and is a magnificent loch set amongst breath-taking scenery. There is a water sport centre situated near Kenmore on the south side of Loch Tay that offers a wide range of activities including some spectacular white water rafting on the river Tay. Rafting is a fantastic way to spend a half-day or a full day on the river. Between September and April the water is at its highest and its most exciting and the experience of tackling the rapids of the river Tay stays with you for ever. A great way of seeing the dramatic scenery of the area.
The more adventurous can try canyoningin the hills and burns above the loch. Clad in a wet suit you can experience the excitement of scrambling through the waterfalls, shooting down natural flumes and jumping into pools accompanied by a trained instructor. There is a wide choice of activities and on Loch Tay with water sports centres at both ends of the loch. Half day or full day packages can be organised to suit your needs.

Water ski-ing
If you prefer speed on the water to relaxation we can organise some more exciting experiences on the lochs. The Lochearnhead Activity Centre provides water ski-ing for all abilities and ages. The loch is renowned amongst skiing fans across the country and the Scottish water ski-ing championships are held here regularly.
At Strathyre (10 minutes from Callander) the Standing Waves Leisure company provide canoeing and Kayaking on Loch Lubnaig and on the river Balvaig. They provide facilities for all abilities together with equipment hire and instruction.
Dalgair House Hotel can organise a half or full day, including instructing if necessary, for you at either of these locations.

Loch Lomond
Thirty minutes from Callander, in the centre of the National Park in Scotland you find Loch Lomond, from which the Park gains part of its name. Loch Lomond stretches from its gentle southern end at Balloch to Ardlui, some twenty-one miles to the northwest. There is a wide range of water activities available on the loch including boating, sailing, and jet skiing. At the southern end of the Loch is Balloch . The river wpe1C.jpg (31109 bytes)Leven exits the loch and here you will find the largest of many marinas on the loch as well as water sports, trips on motor launches. Situated on the eastern shore is Balmaha. It is the eastern pleasure boating centre of Loch Lomond nestling in a sheltered bay, permanently populated by pleasure craft. Further north from Balmaha is Rowardennan. The small steamer pier here is still used by pleasure boats taking visitors on the Loch and round some of the islands. This area is often used by divers as the bottom slopes quickly in places to deeper water.

From the Dalgair House Hotel there is a glorious selection of fishing available. The rivers, lochs and lochans are famous across the country for the quality and variety of fish. Some Lochs my be fished by boat, often for hire, for example, on Lochs Venacher, Ard, Tay, Earn and Lomond. The fish to be found in the waters in the area include:

Salmon Fishing
Sea trout fishing
Brown trout fishing
Rainbow trout
Pike fishing

We can organise fishing trips for all levels of angler. If you have never fished before we can organise a day on the water with all the equipment, a boat and a guide for a very reasonable price. There is also a trout farm fishery at Comrie (between Loch Earn and Crieff) which will hire out rods and which might be of interest to beginners or children.

Alternatively if you are a more experienced angler we can pre-book a permit or boat for you on the best waters around. We can also organise transport to and from the water. We can organise permits and activities for groups of anglers wishing to spend a weekend or a week in the area. The Dalgair also has a list of local ghillies available to accompany any anglers wishing to know more about the best fishing in the area.

Please check with the local fishing shop for up to date permit prices.

River Teith-town water:
Salmon, sea-trout & brown trout Approx. 2 miles.
River Balvaig
10 miles north of Callander 2 miles of this river
Brown trout only. Any legal method.
River Leny
Salmon – from loch down stream to bridge.
River Dochart at Killin.
Salmon and brown trout.
Loch Lubnaig
Brown trout, perch and char.
This loch is just two miles west of Callander, has two large car parks and is very accessible.
Sunday fishing allowed main road shore only. Bait fishing, spinning, fly. This venue is famous for very large perch. 2 lb. perch are fairly common .The biggest known is 7 lbs!.

Loch Voil
Brown trout & perch. 15 miles from Callander. Located near the picturesque village of Balquhidder, burial spot of Rob Roy McGregor.
Loch Vennacher
Brown trout, pike and perch. Road side only. Four miles from Callander on the Trossachs road. Any legal method allowed.
Loch Chon
Near Aberfoyle – day brown trout, pike & perch.
Loch Drunkie
On Trossachs road past Vennacher. Any legal method allowed

Lake of Menteith

Boat fishing may also be had at the Lake of Menteith fisheries which is stocked with rainbow trout of an average 1½ lbs.
The heaviest fish taken recently was a rainbow of 12 lbs.