The village is near Loch Lubnaig, is the first settlement in the Highlands on the A84, about 8 miles north of Callander, has historically been a stopping off point for travellers. St Columba and St Cuthbert both stayed here on their journeys around Scotland. Situated 24 miles north-west of Stirling, it is a useful centre from which to explore Balquhidder and Rob Roy country. The village was originally located on the route of an old drove road on the opposite side of the River Balvag, the modern village developed on its present site with the coming of the railway in the 19th century. The railway to Oban via Strathyre came from Callander by the west shore of Loch Lubnaig and forced the village to move to its present site on the east bank of the river. Strathyre lies in a picturesque location at the head of Loch Lubnaig overlooked by Beinn-ant-Sithean (Ben Shian). This is Gaelic for 'Mountain of the Fairies or Fairy Hillocks'. Celtic fairies were not seen as the fairies of modern tales, but looked very much like us and lived in hollow mountains! Go to Strathyre to see the faery hill of Ben Shian.
The birthplace of the (not so well known) gaelic religous poet Dugald Buchanan is here at Strathyre. He was famous in his time for his religous poetry and is buried in Little Leny Burial ground at Callander, the burial place of the Buchanans of Leny house. The photo below right is of the river Balvaig, just down the little road opposite the phone box and public car park at the Munro Inn. The narrow road leads to Balquhidder via a quiet lane which forms part of the cycleway from Callander to Glen Dochart.
From Strathyre, the next Trossachs village travelling north is Balquhidder, the haunt and burial place of Rob Roy MacGregor. Next comes Lochearnhead, a well known watersports centre then the glorious pass of GlenOgle on the way to Killin.
Strathyre forest cabins are operated by 'Forest Holidays' and bookings should be made via Hoseasons. Other self catering accommodation in and near to Strathyre can be found below
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|Accommodation in Strathyre and places to stay
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|Creagan House- - - Details
A Restaurant with rooms in Bonnie just outside the village and dating from the seventeenth century, the original farmhouse has been sympathetically restored and upgraded to provide five charming bedrooms.
|Lochview Barn for 4 by Loch Lubnaig ..... Details
Overlooking Loch Lubnaig, and just 2 miles south of the village. Created from of the old barn at Runacraig Farm which dates back to the 1600's. It has its own garden patio area with ample car parking space. Splendid views of Loch Lubnaig just over the road through a meadow. Awaiting inspection by Visitscotland (but was previously graded 3 stars).
|'The Inn & Bistro' at Strathyre ...Details
The Inn and Bistro is situated in the beautiful Scottish Highlands yet within easy travelling distance of many of Scotlands main towns and cities.
A great place for a relaxing family holiday, business or pleasure in 'Bonnie Strathire' at the head of Loch Lubnaig. B&B accommodation, Bar snacks and Restaurant
|'Riverview' - Log Cabin' , Strathyre .......Details
This is a traditional, fully functional 2 bedroom log cabin which sleeps 4 to 6 people and is set adjacent to the beautiful Trossachs village of Strathyre. Peaceful and close to woods and mountain tracks
|'Rosebank House' - - Details
Rosebank House was built in the 1800's as a small hotel and retains many original Victorian features Ideally situated to explore the Lochs and mountains of Scotland's first National Park.
| An Carraig Log Cabin, ....Details
Self-catering for 4. open all year. Parking. Centrally located in the beautiful village of Strathyre, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, perfect for city visits and rural sightseeing . Fabulous for cycling, hill walking, fishing, water sports and golf.
Dogs by arrangement.
Immervoulin Caravan & Camping park at Strathyre, Loch Lubnaig
Immervoulin Caravan & Camping Park , is situated on the A84 just south of the tranquil village of Strathyre , 9 miles north of Callander. We are open March to October with 73 places for touring caravans or motor homes all of which are hardstanding with electric hook ups. We also have large level area for approx. 60 tents . The Park features a new amenties block and well-stocked shop. Dogs welcome and can be exercised along our riverside walk.
Eat out in Strathyre
Creagan House Strathyre - Gourmet Restaurant
The Inn at Strathyre
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This is the ideal base for hillwalking at all levels of difficulty, from a gentle stroll on the shores of Loch Lubnaig to a vigorous hike to the summit of Ben Ledi take a boat trip on Loch Katrine The tree-clad slopes around the village which sweep down to the shores of Loch Lubnaig change from spring greens to autumn russets and golds making the surroundings spectacularly beautiful all year.
Just 2 miles down the A84 is the southern end of GlenAmple, a 6 mile pass through the mountains past Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin to Loch Earn. A wonderful walk for those who are fit enough.
If you are fit enough for something more energetic you may like to tackle Stuc a Chroin or Ben Vorlich so you can claim your first Munro. Within a short distance of Strathyre there is a wealth of opportunities for sports (walking, mountainbiking, canoeing and sailing), field studies and nature trails.
The C7 Cycle route which starts near Milngavie passes Aberfoyle and Callander before joining the old rail track to head north via Strathyre en-route for Killin via GlenOgle. Access the Cycle route in Strathyre Either at the car park at the south end of the village or via the old bridge on the narrow road opposite the Munro Inn.
Loch Lubnaig lies in the midst of the Strathire Forest. Loch Lubnaig is 3.5miles long and the deepest part is approximately 100ft . Fishing is available on the loch with some fine salmon on record. Boating is permitted but engine size is restricted - call Bayne's fishing shop in Callander for permits and information about powered boats.
On its western shore Beinn-an-T'sithean (Ben Shian) is 1800ft high and a signed footpath leads through the forest and exits onto the open hillside where Loch Lubnaig comes into view in a spectacular fashion. From the top of this hill the whole of Strathyre can be seen nestling in the shelter of the glen.
Loch Lubnaig is not suitable for sailing due to its adverse wind conditions but is often frequented by canoes. Migrating salmon pass through the loch on their way to the spawning grounds further upstream. See also Trossachs-scotland Loch Lubnaig page
Boat launching is allowed on Loch Lubnaig but any outboard engines must be under 10 h.p. Speedboats and jet skis are not allowed, but for someone who just wants a sail on a nice day, or a family picnic, Loch Lubnaig is the ideal place.
For £10 you can get a key for the slipway at Baynes tackle shop in Callander and leave your trailer secure whilst you are on the loch.
At the northern end of Strathyre village is an area of levelish ground surrounding the river Balvaig . In flood, the river transforms this area into Loch Occasional, at the eastern end of Balquhidder Glen (near King's House Hotel) and usually only happens mid-winter or spring
There's meadows in Lanark and mountains in Skye
And pastures in hielands and lawlands forbye
But there's nae greater luck that the heart could desire
Than to herd the fine cattle in bonnie Strathire
O its up in the morn and awa' to the hill
When the lang simmer days are sae warm and sae still
Till the peak o' Ben Vorlich is girdled wi' fire
And the eveningfalls gently in bonnie Strathire
2. Then there's mirth in the sheiling and love in my breast
When the sun is gane doun and the kye are at rest
For there's mony a prince wad be proud to aspire
To my winsome wee Maggie, the pride o' Strathire
3. Set Flora by Colin and Maggie by me
And we'll dance to the pipes swellin' loudly and free
Till the moon in the heavens climbing higher and higher
Bids us sleep on fresh brackens in bonnie Strathire
4. Though some to gay touns in the Lawlands will roam
And some will gang sodgerin' far from their home
Yet I'll aye herd my cattle and bigg my ain byre
And love my ain Maggie in bonnie
Visit Strathyre - the bonniest village
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