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Nicknamed ‘the gateway to the highlands’ and surrounded by forests, mountains and views of Loch Lubnaig, the cabins capture the true spirit of Scotland. Some cabins have enchanting views of Loch Lubnaig while others occupy a grassy forest glade and each cosy cabin has its very own private hot tub. Surround yourself with nature and sink back into the bubbles for an evening soak underneath the starlit sky.
Back dropped by the wild and rugged Strathyre Forest, this area boasts a rich and fascinating history. Strathyre is the setting for tales of the notorious 18th century outlaw and local legend, Rob Roy MacGregor. Today you can visit his grave at the Kirkyard in Balquhidder. The name itself comes from the Gaelic 'Strath Cor', which means 'broad winding valley', which perfectly describes the sheltered 'S' shaped glen, that was forged by a glacier during the Ice Age.
Enjoy a short, heart pumping hike through the tranquil woods that line the banksides of Stank Burn. Your efforts will be rewarded with fantastic views of Loch Lubnaig, the Stank Burn waterfall and surrounding hills. Return via a woodland path, passing the community hydro scheme before arriving back at the Strathyre cabins.
Steep gravel path with some loose surface conditions. Path is narrow and steep at times.
Once you've spent some time in Strathyre, you won't want to leave. Which is why Strathyre Cabins, about 6 miles (10 km) south of Strathyre village on the tranquil western shore of Loch Lubnaig, is the ideal accomodation for a holiday in the forest.
Wake up to the dramatic landscape and plan a packed trip of outdoor activities. There’s something for everyone here, including fishing, archery and a children’s play area. For the more active, bikes and canoes are available for hire here too.
National Cycle Route 7 passes through the glen and connects Killin and Callander. The route follows a section of the old railway line, which was built back in 1880 to link Glasgow to Oban, and then closed in 1965. If you'd rather do without the hassle of bringing your own bike, you can hire one at Strathyre Cabins.
Take to the open water at Loch Lubnaig and Loch Voil. Canoe hire is available at Strathyre Cabins. For advanced kayakers, more challenging conditions can be found at Monachyle Burn at the head of Loch Voil and at Calair Burn south of Balquhidder village.
The nearest public toilets are in Callander.
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
Strathyre Cabins are actually a good 6 miles south of Strathyre village. However, the large signs for the Cabins are easy to spot on the west side of the A84 between Kilmahog and the south end of Loch Lubnaig.
National Cycle Route 7 winds through the glen, linking Killin and Callander.
FK17 8HF is the nearest postcode.
Buses between Callander and Killin stop at Strathyre village. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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Panoramic views of both the Highlands and the Lowlands