A series of studies and reports were commissioned by the Callander Landscape Partnership to help inform the development of the project and improve our understanding of the landscape and heritage of the area. This research has continued into delivery of the project.

Here you can find the studies, which we will continue to update and add to as the project progresses.

Landscape Conservation Action Plan (2017)

The Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP) is our ‘manifesto’ for Callander’s landscape, its people and its communities. It outlines what is known about the characteristics of the landscape, the heritage of Callander and the potential we see to open this up for everyone to enjoy. The LCAP is the culmination of many years of work by the Callander community – including community groups, landowners and businesses – with support from the staff of numerous public bodies.

Download the Landscape Conservation Action Plan.

Visitor Survey Report (2017)

To help to deliver our vision of better connecting people with the landscapes that surround the town, we wanted to more fully understand who it is that visits the Callander area. In 2017 Nicki Souter Associates were commissioned to undertake a quantitative face to face survey with visitors to Callander to find out more on:

  • The existing visitor profile of Callander, including nationality, length of stay, accommodation, average daily spend and activities undertaken;
  • Current awareness and opinions of tourist locations and if these could be improved;
  • Opinion on the suggested Outdoor Capital Approach

Download the Visitor Survey Report.

Focus Group report (2017)

Further research was then undertaken to find out more about those within the existing visitor profile who are defined as ‘under-represented’. The aim of this research was to gain greater insight into the current level of engagement from this group with the landscape, as well as identifying the barriers to this and facilitators that would encourage and enable them to better engage with the Callander landscape. To do this, Nikki Souter Associates ran qualitative research using two focus groups with people the Raploch Area in Stirling who were defined as ‘under-represented’.

Download the Focus Groups Report.

Path Audit (2017)

This audit was prepared as part of the Stage 2 funding submission to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly known as the Heritage Lottery Fund). It contains an overview of over 70km of existing and aspirational paths identified by the Callander Countryside Group (CCG) around Callander. A number of paths were selected as key projects to take forward during the implementation stage of Callander’s Landscape, and were presented in a separate document outlining plans for path projects along with a proposed signage strategy.

Download Path Audit: Stage 1 – Network Review.

Download Path Audit: Stage 2 – Path Projects.

Download Path Audit: Signage Strategy.

Aerial Survey of Dunmore Hillfort (2019)

As part of our community Archaeology project, Callander’s Landscape partner Forestry and Land Scotland commissioned Skyscape Survey to carry out an aerial survey of Dunmore Hillfort. The Iron Age site is located to the west of Callander on the Glen Finglas Estate in an area managed by the Woodland Trust. Although the hillfort has been surveyed in the past, the purpose of the survey was to update and enhance the most recent interpretation as well as provide a 3D model and aerial images of the site. In addition, the survey coincided with an event for local volunteers to learn more about photogrammetric surveying and how it can be used to learn more about Callander’s Landscape. The report outlines the findings, which you can also read more about in a blog by Forestry and Land Scotland’s Matt Ritchie.

Download the Aerial Survey and Imaging Report of Dunmore Hillfort.

Historic Environment Audit (2019)

AOC Archaeology Group produced an Historic Environment Audit as part of our Archaeology project. This report builds upon the work of the LCAP (2017) by focusing closely on the cultural heritage of the area and providing recommendations of archaeological sites with clear potential for survey and engagement. One key purpose of the report was to synthesise existing data on the cultural heritage of the area and provide a series of thematic GiS layers for Callander’s Landscape’s digital outputs.

Download the Historic Environment Audit.