Callendar House , Falkirk gets five star rating

Callendar House has rece

ived a five-star rating from VisitScotland. The 14th century building, set within Callendar Park and opened to the public in 1996 after centuries as a family home with links to Mary Queen of Scots, has achieved the national tourism organisation’s top-quality award. The House dates back to the 14th century.

For categories including core experience, catering, hospitality, friendliness, staff efficiency and cleanliness it reached “exceptional” standard following a Quality Assurance visit.

Maureen Campbell, Chief Executive of Falkirk Community Trust, said: “The house is a credit to the local area and is a fantastic free day out. “We have art, history, interactive fun and a warm welcome from our team, all set within beautiful parklands. Also, in our opinion, the best cakes in Falkirk in our tearoom.” The House, which sits along a stretch of the Antonine Wall, is also a member of VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best and VIP schemes. It boasts a working 19th century kitchen where costumed staff create an interactive experience for visitors and offer samples of early 1800s food as well as a museum which details the story of the house and area covering the 11th to 19th centuries. Lord Thurso, VisitScotland Chairman, said: “I am delighted that Callendar House has achieved a five-star Quality Assurance rating. This is a clear sign of Falkirk’s tourism offering going from strength to strength as it becomes the third five-star attraction in the area. “Callendar House is a key attraction to the town and this award is a testament to all of the hard work and dedication of the staff. “We need to create world class experiences, events and attractions to keep up with ever-changing visitor demands. Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change.”

Visit Callendar House on our tour of Falkirk . Phone 07305-294773 for more details

 

new Outlander locations book

The latest book to cash in on the apparently never-ending success of TV fantasy-history drama Outlander is all about locations – and Falkirk plays an important part.

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Written by authoress Phoebe Taplin, it’s on general release from Thursday, and promises to take the dedicated Outlander fan on a journey packed with trivia facts from the series. Falkirk’s Callendar House and Blackness Castle are among the local highlights, and we’re told the book is beautifully illustrated with photographs from the series. One high profile advance review of the book is enthusiastic about the book, but stresses it’s aimed squarely at the fan market – mainstream readers probably won’t get some of the references. Sunset Over Skye – A3 Limited Edition Print by Ben …£189 £189 Promoted by artfinder.com It’s available from Amazon in paperback, priced £6.

Read more at: https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/falkirk-stars-in-new-outlander-book-1-4742209