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— GREAT HOLIDAYS BEGIN HERE —

AILSA's

BUNGALOW

CALLANDER, CENTRAL SCOTLAND HIGHLANDS

AILSA'S BUNGALOW WITH A CAR IN THE DRIVEWAY (LEFT) AND AUTUMN FLOWERS IN BLOOM.

AILSA'S BUNGALOW IS A TWO-STORY, THREE-BEDROOM HOUSE ON A QUIET RESIDENTIAL STREET, THREE BLOCKS (5-MINUTES WALK) FROM THE CENTRAL MAIN SHOPPING STREET IN CALLANDER, CENTRAL SCOTLAND. THE THREE-BEDROOM COTTAGE IS SURROUNDED BY A LANDSCAPED LAWN AND GARDEN. EASY, FLAT WALKING (OR A SHORT DRIVE) LEADS TO THE MANY SHOPS, PUBS, AND RESTAURANTS OF CALLANDER. CALLANDER IS THE SOUTHEASTERN GATEWAY TOWN OF SCOTLAND'S LOCH LOMOND & TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK, A LANDSCAPE OF GREAT BEAUTY & HISTORY OFFERING OUTSTANDING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & TOURING.

All Photos © Home At First

Ailsa’s Bungalow

          Ailsa’s Bungalow is a small family home, a quiet retreat superbly located on the edge of the Central Scotland market town of Callander, gateway to the Highlands and southeastern entry point to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Spacious, Well-Equipped Kitchen

Spacious, Well-Equipped Kitchen

          There is room to prepare and serve full meals for up to six persons in the fully-equipped, modern kitchen.

THE ACCOMMODATIONS: This comfortable two-story vacation home sleeps up to 8 persons in three bedrooms (one upstairs with a king bed, one upstairs with a double and foldout futon, and one on the ground floor with bunk beds), plus two bathrooms — one on the ground floor with a shower, and one on the upper floor with tub & hand-held shower.

Double Bedroom

Upper Floor

Double Bedroom on the Upper Floor

This upstairs bedroom with TV sleeps up to four persons with a double bed and a fold-out futon.

Plan of Ailsa's Bungalow, Callander, Central Scotland. Drawing © Home At First.

Double Bedroom

Upper Floor

Double Bedroom on the Upper Floor

This upstairs bedroom sleeps up to three persons with a king-sized bed and an infant's crib.

          Common rooms include a comfortable living room (with TV), with overstuffed upholstered sofa and chairs. The home features a fully-equipped kitchen (electric range, oven, microwave, large fridge, with freezer), plus clothes washer and dryer. Guests have access to their own private large back garden area. Private off-street parking is by the house. When necessary, the bungalow is warmed by gas central heat. Smoking and pets are not permitted.

Comfortable, attractive living room at Ailsa's Bungalow. Photo © Home At First.
Comfortable, attractive living
room at Ailsa's Bungalow.

Back Garden Access

Kitchen

Dining Room

Kitchen, Dining Room & Back Garden

A roomy dining room connects conveniently with the kitchen. On fine days in Central
Scotland, guests may choose to dine in the open-air of the furnished back garden.

Upstairs

Bathroom

with Tub

& Shower

 

The attractive furnished garden at Ailsa's Bungalow offers guests a quiet, private corner for reading, conversation, and snacks. Photo © Home At First.
The attractive furnished garden at
Ailsa's Bungalow offers guests a
quiet, private corner for reading,
 conversation, and picnicking.

THE HOSTS: The owner-hosts reside south of Callander, but actively see to the comfort of their guests, maintaining the bungalow with pride, greeting guests on arrival, providing detailed information about the house, the area, its events and attractions, and stopping by often to answer questions and see to their guests’ comfort.

THE SETTING: The house occupies a landscaped lot on a quiet, residential street about a 5-minutes walk (or a two-minute drive) from the bustling town center of Callander.

The Setting

AILSA'S

BUNGALOW

THE

HIGHLANDS

The Setting

Ailsa's Bungalow is a modern house in a residential neighborhood in Callander, Central Scotland. Although the walk into the town center is flat, the hills and mountains of Scotland's Central Highlands and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park begin just northwest of town.

THE LOCATION: Callander, conveniently located for touring, is in the very center of Scotland. Although much of country is within day-trip reach of Callander, one needn't travel far to experience the grand scenery of the Highlands, which begin just northwest of town.

CALLANDER

CENTRAL SCOTLAND

The Location

Main Street, Callander, Central Scotland. Callander may be small by population, but it offers the shops, pubs, restaurants, and services of a town many times its size. Callander draws visitors at all times of year who find it an ideal for touring throughout much of Scotland, and for enjoying outdoor recreation in the mountains, glens, lochs, and streams of Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. As such, Callander is arguably the principal visitors center for Central Scotland.

CALLANDER (population 2,500) is an important regional market town near the geographic center of Scotland. All of Callander’s services are within a five-eight minutes walking distance of Ailsa’s Bungalow. Callander has a good selection of pubs, restaurants, food shops, a launderette, craft shops, woolen goods outlet stores, an outdoor activities center, a challenging 18-hole golf course, and 2 or 3 banks. The important regional VisitScotland Information Centre tourist bureau anchors the center of town in a building that also incorporates the Rob Roy Centre. This attraction is dedicated to the region’s most famous historical resident, Rob Roy MacGregor, legendary Scottish patriot, whose infamous cattle rustling, inter-clan feuding, and Highlands hi-jinks made him something of a Celtic Jesse James to the Crown’s red-coated army of Scottish occupation. Although it’s impossible to know where legend ends and historical reality begins, the Rob Roy story adds dimension and color to the already mystical landscape of mountains, glens, lochs, heather, and gorse of the


The Callander Information
Center, regional tourism
 bureau for Central Scotland
 and the Loch Lomond &
Trossachs National Park.

Scottish Highlands.

 

 

 

 Window of Scottish woolens shop — one of many in Callander featuring tweeds and tartans. Photo © Home At First.
Window of a Scottish woolens
shop — one of many in Callander
featuring tweeds and tartans.

          Callander’s central location makes it an

ideal touring base from which it is possible to explore much of Scotland in a series of day trip drives. The east coast at St. Andrews and the Inner Hebrides islands just off the west coast are within reach, as are the principal Scottish cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness.
          Much of the most magnificent scenery of the Highlands is also within reach by car touring from Callander. (See two sample day trips:
Sail Loch Etive and See Highland Seals, and Hiking over the Devil's Staircase from Glen Coe.) But regardless of which direction you travel, you will always feel your return to Ailsa’s Bungalow provides a warm Scottish homecoming.

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES: Callander is located in the Central Scotland region called The Trossachs at the southeastern gateway to the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and the Highlands of Central Scotland. Outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and climbing, are within easy reach. Callander's central location makes it ideal as a touring base for much of Scotland, including much of the best scenery in the Highlands. Our 100+ page accompanying "Scotland Activities Guide" provides dozens of suggestions of all kinds.

The rugged landscape of Scotland's Central Highlands invites outdoor activities from hiking to fishing to cycling to touring by car. Photo © Home At First.
The rugged landscape of Scotland's
Central Highlands like Glen Coe (pictured
 above) invites outdoor activities including
hiking, fishing,
golf, cycling, and touring.

 

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