The Interpretation project aims to engage, reveal, and explain the special qualities of the local landscape. The two key themes for interpretation are: People and Nature & Landscape. Callander’s location on the Highland Boundary Fault is the physical landscape feature that separates the Lowlands from the Highlands. This has influenced the people who have settled here from pre-historic times to the present, as well as the habitats, animals, and plants that thrive here. The interpretation project will benefit local residents and visitors by communicating the rich landscape of the area and provide a long term legacy for Callander, contributing to the community’s aspiration to be the ‘Outdoor Capital of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park’.
Aims & Objectives
This project aims to:
- Establish how best to interpret the landscape, working alongside interpretation specialists.
- Highlight the stories and findings from the other projects that make up Callander’s Landscape, for example Archaeology, Dark Skies, and Gaelic.
- Create a number of ‘heritage hubs’ at key locations in the local landscape, with the design and installation of information panels.
- Develop digital / virtual infrastructure for interpreting the area, potentially using a variety of options, including: websites; Ecomuseum; ESRI ArcGIS StoryMaps.
- Baseline survey undertaken by a volunteer to map all existing physical interpretation already present in the landscape.
- Callander’s Landscape staff team visited Alyth in January 2019 to find out more about the Cateran Ecomuseum and learn from their community approach.
- CMC Associates were appointed as the interpretation consultants, with a partner workshop held in September 2019 to start shaping the interpretation plan for Callander.
- Interpretation plan created and agreed in February 2020.
- The team are currently working on the first phase of the plan, which focuses on content for a series of interpretation panels for the heritage hubs and mini-hubs.
This project is being led by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park , Callander Community Development Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Friends of Loch Lomond. This project also involves working with various landowners and community partners.