Step into tranquil Strathyre
At the heart of wild and rugged Strathyre Forest is a sheltered 'S' shaped glen, which was chiselled out of the land by the brute force of a glacier during the Ice Age.
Strathyre's name comes from the Gaelic Strath Cor, interpreted as 'broad winding valley', which describes the surrounding landscape perfectly. Start exploring this quiet wooded glen from the car park and picnic site in the village or head for the southern end of tranquil Loch Lubnaig to find trails at Ben Ledi and the Strathyre Cabins.
This area is steeped in Scottish history and many stories abound, especially of Rob Roy MacGregor, notorious 18th century outlaw and local legend. Visit his grave at the peaceful kirkyard at Balquhidder.
Please note, road improvement works to National Cycle Route 7 between Strathyre Cabins and Strathyre village are ongoing and expected to last until the middle of May.
Unfortunately, this will result in the closure of this section of the 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's plenty of room for parking in Strathyre village car park.
There are toilets, refreshments and shopping in the village of Strathyre and in nearby Callander. There's also a Tourist Information Centre in Callander.
Tighanes Burn Trail
Follow the busy Tighanes Burn up through the Scots pine past waterfalls for fine views across to Ben Vane and the Braes of Balquhidder.
Long steep slope for 400m. Narrow earth and grass paths with muddy sections. Includes one bridge and a road crossing.
1 ¾ miles / 3.0 km Allow 1½ hours
This is a great walk for spotting wildlife – look out for red squirrels and deer, particularly early in the morning, and listen for shrieking jays and the mewing of buzzards overhead. There’s the option to extend the route by diverting on the descent onto the Coille MacCaskill Path. This grove is an excellent example of a native pinewood and is dedicated to Don MacCaskill, a local forester and naturalist. This trail starts from Strathyre village car park.
Mountain biking trails
Stay in Strathyre
Take full advantage of the dramatic landscape and variety of activities that this area has to offer by staying at Strathyre Cabins, about 6 miles (10 km) south of the village on the tranquil western shore of Loch Lubnaig. There’s plenty to see and do, including fishing, archery and a children’s play area. You can book bikes and canoes here too. Find out more at Forest Holidays.
Cycling around Strathyre
National Cycle Route 7 (Inverness to Glasgow) also winds through the glen and links Killin and Callander. This section follows the route of the old railway line, originally built in 1880 to link Glasgow to Oban and closed in 1965. If you haven’t brought 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
Lochs Lubnaig and Voil provide opportunities for scenic open water canoeing. You can hire canoes at Strathyre Cabins. Advanced kayakers can challenge themselves in spate conditions at Monachyle Burn at the head of Loch Voil and at Calair Burn south of Balquhidder village.
Forests for the future
Alistair Cameron, the Head Forester in Strathyre in the 1930s and 40s, was a man of vision. His ability to match tree species with the right soils and local conditions meant that his forest flourished – clothing the landscape dramatically in healthy trees and delivering high quality timber that we are now harvesting.
Much of the early work by the Forestry Commission can be attributed to Alistair's vision. Today, we still follow similar principles as we are creating the next generation of Strathyre Forest. We're working hard to expand native woodland here too, alongside fast growing conifers for timber, which is great for the local wildlife and for us all to explore and enjoy.
How to get here
For the Strathyre village trails
Strathyre village lies on the A84, about 9 miles (14.5 km) north of Callander. The car park is on the left as you enter the village.
Strathyre village car park is at grid reference NN 560 169.
FK18 8NJ 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 bustling little town of Callander serves as the eastern gateway to the Highlands. Explore the woods at Callander Crags for great views over the town, across the Trossachs to Loch Lomond and south to Stirling.
Head into The Trossachs to discover the legendary Loch Katrine that inspired poets and artists. You can enjoy the spectacular Highland scenery by taking a steamship ride along the loch, cycling along the shore or following some picturesque trails. A highlight is the Art & Literature Trail along the shore.
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, perched just above Aberfoyle, is a great place to find information about what to see and do in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. It has a café with fantastic views, as well as parking, toilets, trails and souvenirs. It's also home to Go Ape.
Find out more in our guide to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
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