Stirling: Callander Development

Key Sectors: Retail & leisure, Tourism and hospitality


Callander is the largest town in Stirling set in the stunning Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. A strategic development site to the south of the town presents an exciting opportunity for a major tourism development.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park offers some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and its natural environment provides

a wealth of recreation and leisure opportunities. A possible long-term development opportunity is identified at Callander for a large-scale tourism resort of international significance. This would directly contribute to the Government’s Scottish Tourism Framework for Change and also enhance the role of Callander as a tourism gateway to the National Park.

The current number of visitors that the area attracts combines with a significant wider market to present an opportunity for Stirling and for Scotland to create a high quality holiday resort. The rural area of Stirling allows the right environmental location for such a development whilst remaining easily accessible to a large domestic and overseas market. There are several such resorts being very profitably run in England and across Europe, many in countries with less attractors than Scotland and Scottish Development International has identified the development of such a facility as a real opportunity for an investor and for Scotland. There are few locations in Scotland which would present better credentials than our Callander site.

Any such development would have exceptional opportunities to capitalise on the major trends in Scotland’s tourism. The rise in popularity of adventure tourism and outdoor pursuits in particular creates an unprecedented opportunity for Scottish tourism. A strong partnership is in place with Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority and the development site is already zoned for this type of development.

Stirling Council, Transport Scotland and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park are progressing proposals for a new road network and river crossing to improve connectivity and unlock development potential.

The proposal is backed and supported by the Scottish Government, both directly and through Scottish Development International, and has been given funding through Stirling’s City Region Deal to support the next stage of development.


Stuart Oliver
T: +44 (0)1786 233158
E: olivers@stirling.gov.uk



Total site area of 48.7 hectares

Project supported by the Scottish Government through Stirling’s City Region Deal

Opportunity for hotel, commercial and retail development

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