Strathyre is in Scotlandâ€™s walking country and the clean mountain air is matched by stunning landscape views. Pick up theÂ Rob Roy WayÂ for some enjoyable lochside walks or head up to the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre to explore theÂ Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. The local mountains offer something for the more serious walkers and climbers, with Ben Ledi, Ben Aâ€™an and the Callander Crags all close by.
It couldnâ€™t be easier; theÂ National Cycling Network Route 7Â runs past our Strathyre location. This seven-mile traffic-free stretch is great for all the family. If your cycling appetite is whetted, or you are more of a mountain bike thrill-seeker, the Trossachs have wild trails to test your spirit of adventure.
Blair Drummond Adventure and Safari ParkÂ promises â€œthe wildest day out in Scotlandâ€ â€“ and it delivers! Visit the Wildlife Animal Reserves, play in the Adventure Playground, enjoy a boat trip around Chimp Island and go wild at the funfair. For more typically Scottish wildlife, pack a picnic and head out to theÂ Queen Elizabeth Forest ParkÂ for red squirrels, red deer and red kites. Away from nature, take a day trip toÂ Stirling cityÂ or head up toÂ Edinburgh; both have lots of attractions for all the family.
Visit theÂ National Wallace Monument, which overlooks the scene of Scotlandâ€™s victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. Here you can learn the story of Scotlandâ€™s national hero, Sir William Wallace. For another side to Scotlandâ€™s history, escape to the countryside for a day of family fun at theÂ National Museum Of Rural Life, a five-star museum and historic working farm. Discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotlandâ€™s countryside.
â€œGreat Food, Good Beer, Real Cheerâ€. Thatâ€™s how local pub,Â The Lade Inn, describes itself. A family friendly venue with a large beer garden, the Lade Inn is a 10-minute drive â€“ or taxi ride - from your cabin at Strathyre.Â The Mhor Bread tearoomÂ in Callander is another great favourite with our guests and we also recommendÂ Ciroâ€™s family-run Italian restaurantÂ for that special night out.
NearbyÂ CallanderÂ is known as the gateway to the Highlands and is most closely associated with the Rob Roy legend. Shop for souvenirs on the busy high street before escaping to the banks of theÂ River TeithÂ for a peaceful picnic. Slightly further afield,Â AberfoyleÂ is a must, for its breath-taking scenery, bustling town and many festivals. City life can be found at nearbyÂ Stirling, and Strathyre is also well-placed for a trip to Scotlandâ€™s capital,Â Edinburgh.
Forest Ranger, Strathyre
At Strathyre you are on the edge ofÂ Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, 720 square miles of forests, mountains, rivers and lochs. Strathyre itself is in theÂ Queen Elizabeth Forest ParkÂ where you can take one of Scotlandâ€™s most scenic drives, along Dukeâ€™s Pass or try the Three Lochs Forest Drive and look out for red squirrels, deer and ospreys. Over in Aberfoyle, get your tribe up and out into the treetops atÂ Go Ape.
Rainy days happen occasionally so what can you do when the heavens open? While away an hour or two at theÂ Hamilton Toy CollectionÂ in nearby Callander, a collection that spans almost two centuries. Or take a steamship cruise on theÂ Sir Walter ScottÂ on Loch Katrine. Itâ€™s Scotland though, so donâ€™t let the weather force you indoors. Woodland walks provide some shelter and itâ€™s often when the rain comes down that the wildlife appears.
You donâ€™t have to go far to find a loch in this part of the country. Beside our cabins at Strathyre sits Loch Lubnaig, which is overlooked by mountains and forests. Within a short drive, discover some of Scotlandâ€™s smaller and more undiscovered lochs, including Venacher, Voil and Earn. Visit theÂ Falls of DochartÂ at Loch Tay and Cruise Loch Katrine on the world-famous steamship,Â Sir Walter Scott.
Forest Retreat Manager, Strathyre
The magnificentÂ Stirling CastleÂ dominates the view for miles around. Up close, it is one of the UKâ€™s finest castles, steeped in history and full of surprises. The castle is also home to Regimental Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. On a smaller scale, Doune Castle is a magnificent example of a courtyard castle dating from the 14th century. In more recent history, it was a location in Monty Pythonâ€™s Holy Grail. In a neat touch, the audio tour of the castle is narrated by Terry Jones of the Python team.
Whatever the weather, there's so much fun to be had in Scotland, and our cabins at Strathyre provide the perfect base for your exploration.