Get stuck into Strathyre
Whether you're staying for a few days in one of Forest Holiday's luxury cabins on the banks of Loch Lubnaig, or are looking for a new part of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to explore, Strathyre Cabins offers moderate trails and a lochside cycle path.
Backdropped 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.
Please note, road improvement works to National Cycle Route 7 between Strathyre Cabins and Strathyre village are ongoing and are expected to last until early April.
Unfortunately, this will result in the closure of this section of cycle route (PDF 1MB) and there is no diversion route available other than the A84 public road. Please follow all on-site safety signage.
Parking for the trails
There are trails and parking at Forest Holidays' Strathyre Cabins.
Take a break
There are toilets, refreshments and shopping in the nearby village of Strathyre and also in nearby Callander. You'll find a Tourist Information Centre in Callander too.
Walk along the loch shore and climb through the spruce forest above ‘the crooked hollow’ for great views across Loch Lubnaig and the Carse of Stirling.
Wide and firm surface throughout of tarmac or loose gravel tracks. Long moderate slopes for over 1 mile with short slightly steeper sections. Includes one narrow gap.
4 miles / 6.6 km Allow 2½ hours
Mountain biking trails
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. Find out more at Forest Holidays.
Cycling in Strathyre
The National Cycle Route 7 (Inverness to Glasgow) 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.
Please note, road improvement works to National Cycle Route 7 between Strathyre Cabins and Strathyre village are ongoing and expected to last until early April.
Canoeing and kayaking
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.
Forests for the future
Much of the early work by the Forestry Commission can be attributed to the vision of Head Forester in Strathyre during the 1930s and 40s, Alistair Cameron. His approach was to match the right tree species with the right soils and conditions, which resulted in the forest flourishing. The landscaped was covered in healthy trees and high quality timber was produced that we continue to benefit from now.
Today, we still adhere to those strong values and are working to expand the native woodland, alongside fast growing conifers for timber, which is great for the local wildlife and for everyone to explore and enjoy.
How to get here
For Stank Glen, Coireacrombie trails and Strathyre Cabins
From Callander, take the A84 north. About a mile (2 km) beyond Kilmahog, turn left at the sign for ‘Strathyre Forest Cabins’. Cross the bridge, turn right and continue along this road for about another mile (1.8 km) to reach the site. Strathyre Cabins is at grid reference NN 581 109.
FK17 8HF is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses running between Callander and Killin, which stop in Strathyre village. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.
National Cycle Route 7 (Inverness to Glasgow) also winds through the glen and links Killin and Callander.
The nearby town of Callander serves as a bustling eastern gateway to the Highlands. Explore the forest at Callander Crags for scenic views over the town, across the Trossachs to Loch Lomond and to Stirling in the south.
In the Trossachs you can discover the legendary Loch Katrine that inspired many poets and artists. Soak in the spectacular Highland scenery on a steamship ride along the loch, or try cycling along the shore and following some picturesque trails. The Art & Literature Trail along the shore is a particular highlight.
Just outside Aberfoyle you'll find The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, which is the perfect introduction to everything you can see and do in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. There's a welcoming café with fantastic views, as well as parking, toilets, trails and souvenirs. Thrill-seekers can have a go at treetop adventure, Go Ape.
Find out more in our guide to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.