We felt right at home at Abbotsford Lodge, a brilliant Callander accommodation. After spending a previous day in Stirling and our morning at nearby Doune Castle, Justin and I drove through the quaint town of Callander.
There’s one main street in town, lined with cute shops and restaurants. We popped into a local diner for lunch and then couldn’t resist taking a peek inside the neighboring candy shop. Callander is the perfect home base for visiting Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
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While being completely enamored with the small town vibes of Callander, we were equally charmed by our home for the evening, Abbotsford Lodge. One of the owners, Dina, warmly welcomed us to this delightful Callander accommodation (we met her husband, Dave, the following morning).
It was very easy to fall in love with this elegant home that retains its classic features while staying current with modern luxuries. Our room was a double en suite on the second floor.
Callander Accommodation: Abbotsford Lodge
Abbotsford Lodge is perfect for those seeking where to stay in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Callander is such a wonderful home base for your travels. It’s a lively little town with cafes, shops, restaurants, and other nearby natural attractions like waterfalls and hiking trails. After a day of exploring the national park and other local gems, Abbotsford Lodge is one of the best hotels in Callander, Scotland, to rest and relax.
Our double en suite room was incredibly spacious. There was a massive king sized bed in the middle of the room. The room itself felt like a cozy cabin, tastefully decorated in neutral shades. I instantly fell in love with the wallpaper behind the bed, as well as the wooden headboard.
Being a nature lover, it was easy to get on board with the outdoor wilderness theme. The tartan curtains reminded us that we were in Scotland.
There were lots of extra little touches around the room, such as a large flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi (throughout the property), USB charging ports, and coffee/tea making facilities. However, there was also complimentary water, candies, and snacks.
Our room faced the front of the house, so we could view the front driveway and entrance from our room, as well as many trees and plants. Though on the main street of Callander, it really felt as though we were nestled away in a local, quiet neighborhood.
The bathroom was very modern and clean with loads of counter space and luxe toiletries. The owners thought about every little detail, like including a make-up removing cloth and shower caps. Showers were so rejuvenating and relaxing with fantastic water pressure.
There was also a towel drying rack in the bathroom, which is such a luxury. We really couldn’t have asked for a more comfortable and wonderful room at this bed and breakfast in Callander.
Speaking of breakfast, you have the option to book a continental style buffet breakfast or a traditional Scottish breakfast. In the morning, I helped myself to so many delicious dishes from the breakfast buffet, like baked beans, fresh fruit, toast, and coffee. As we’re vegan, Dina asked if we’d like some vegan haggis instead of the traditional meat offerings. Yes, please! I can’t say I’ve ever had haggis, so I’m not sure how it compares, but vegan haggis is so delicious.
The veggie haggis was made with oats, lentils, beans, and spices, lightly fried. I would eat it every day for breakfast if I could. I’m not sure that there are many other Callander hotels or even hotels in Scotland that will make a vegan haggis for breakfast along with your beans and toast.
It definitely sets Abbotsford Lodge ahead of the rest as I loved the special option for vegetarians and vegans like myself. It’s wonderful to be able to enjoy a traditional Scottish breakfast, completely meat free.
Amenities at Abbotsford Lodge
In addition to the amenities that I already mentioned, there’s plenty of free parking at Abbotsford Lodge right out front. There are so many innovations at this Callander accommodation, like electric car charging ports if you have an eco-friendly vehicle. You can take advantage of the spacious guest lounge if you’d like to relax with a larger group of family or friends.
They have special parking around the back for motorcycles, a secure storage space for bicycles, and even a drying rack if your clothes become wet from outdoor adventures. Dina and Dave have truly thought about every little detail and will take care of you throughout your stay.
Location in Callander
Callander is the perfect base for exploring Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You can easily drive to several lochs for hiking or sightseeing. You’re also within a short driving distance of Doune Castle, the town of Stirling, and even Glasgow. Abbotsford Lodge is right in the middle of so many exciting attractions. Callander is also a destination in itself, with great shopping and dining options.
When we arrived at Abbotsford Lodge, Dina provided us with a map of the region. As we weren’t entirely sure about where we wanted to drive, she offered quite a few helpful suggestions of beautiful places to see. Her recommendations allowed us to take one of the most scenic drives in the country around winding mountain passes.
Getting Around the Trossachs
I highly suggest renting a car in Scotland, even if you aren’t used to driving on the left. You will have the freedom to explore at your own pace and go everywhere you want, whenever you want.
I recommend comparing car rental prices for the best rate. If you aren’t comfortable with driving, you can look into small group tours in Scotland to get around and explore.
Stay at Abbotsford Lodge in Callander
If you find yourself lost in a sea of potential Loch Lomond hotels, you’re not alone. There are so many options when you’re thinking about staying somewhere in this vast national park. I highly recommend that you stay at Abbotsford Lodge and base yourself in Callander.
Out of all the hotels in Callander, Abbotsford Lodge has a truly personal touch with owners who go the extra mile to ensure that you have a memorable stay. It’s my first choice for a Callander accommodation, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way after you stay there, too!
More Places to Stay in Scotland
If you’re seeking more great accommodations around Scotland, we’ve stayed at all of these fantastic hotels, apartments and B&Bs. They come personally recommended by us!
Lauren is the full-time travel blogger and content creator behind Justin Plus Lauren. She started Justin Plus Lauren in 2013 and has travelled to 45+ countries around the world. Lauren is an expert on vegan travel as one of the very first vegan travel bloggers. She also focuses on outdoor adventure travel, eco and sustainable travel, and creating amazing travel itineraries for cities and small towns.
Agness | the adventure traveler
Thursday 2nd of May 2019
Lauren, you made me fall in love with Abbotsford Lodge! I love how it looks like a modern luxury lodge and not your typical cabin. Not that I don't like cabins, but this one is top notch!
Thursday 9th of May 2019
Yes, it's definitely decorated like a cute little cabin but it's an updated and modern home that's absolutely lovely!