The name itself is inviting! Strathyre, meaning 'sheltered valley' lies at the head of Loch Lubnaig - 'the crooked loch' and is sheltered from the highland breezes by Bens Ledi, Vane and Shian.
Popular for many years as a tourist destination, we even have our own well loved Scottish song - 'Bonnie Strathyre'.
Strathyre is often described as 'the first highland village' as it is the first village north of the Pass of Leny which opens the way into the highlands at the Highland Boundary Fault line.
This beautiful area is easily accessible by motorway from the south then by the A84 road from Stirling. Conversely, the main Scottish cities are within easy driving distance of Strathyre.
Strathyre has been included in the recently formed 'Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park' and now benefits from the investment in this Scottish National asset.
Strathyre is the ideal place in which to spend that special occasion, a few days whilst touring or indeed your whole holiday to explore the wealth of attractions near to Strathyre or further afield in the National Park.
Nearby attractions and activities include:
- Walking a huge selection of low and high level walks and mountain tracks including The Rob Roy Trail and Scottish Goretex National Trail.
- Local mountains include: Ben Shian, Ben Ledi, Ben Vane, Ben Each, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin
- Cycling on quiet country roads, the cycleway or mountain biking
- Exploring the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
- Wildlife watching
- Fishing and shooting
- Watersports at Lochearnhead
- Golf, both 9 hole and 18 hole.
- Ruined castles and other historic buildings
- Rob Roys grave at Balquhidder
- Steamer on Loch Katrine
- Falls of Leny, Bracklinn falls and falls of Dochart (and more besides)
- Blair Drummond Safari Park
- Doune Antique and Arts Centre
- Stirling with its castle and other historic buildings
- Scottish Wool Centre at Aberfoyle
- Distilleries at Deanston, Edradour, Glengoyne and Glenturret
- We will be happy to offer further advice regarding activities.
The Trossachs, strictly speaking is the small, but very beautiful area between two lochs - Loch Achray and Loch Katrine, and two mountains - Ben A'an and Ben Venue. The name is said to come from the Gaelic word meaning 'the bristly region', which is quite a good description of the appearance of the hills around the Trossachs.
For centuries the Trossachs was the hideaway of bands of highland robbers or 'caterans', this being a possible origin for the name 'Loch Katrine'. There is a mountain pass leading west from the Trossachs which bears the Gaelic name 'Bealach nam Bo', which means the 'pass of the cattle' - a legacy from the days of cattle rustling when the 'lifted' cattle were spirited away into the hills.
Loch Katrine is the largest loch in the immediate area and is the home of the 100 year old steamer 'SS Sir Walter Scott'. Loch Katrine leads away to the north west where at the distant end you find Stronachlachar which can be reached by steamer on its morning cruise from the Trossachs pier. On the northern shore of Loch Katrine is a private road owned by the Scottish water board. This road is open to walkers and cyclists and makes a wonderful day out for the visitor with a little energy to spare. Bikes can be taken to Stronachlachar on the steamer and the return trip made by bike on the lochside road.
For the walker, the two mountains of the Trossachs are very rewarding climbs. Ben A'an is less than 1500 feet but the summit provides a wonderful vantage point giving unbelievable views down Loch Katrine to the 'Arrochar Alps'. Ben Venue, on the opposite shore is about 2500 feet and on a good day provides views to the northern mountains, Goat Fell on Arran and to the mountains of Jura on the west coast.
The Trossachs village of Brig o' Turk is the scene of a new acquisition of the Scottish woodlands Trust - the Glenfinglas property. The trust are developing Glenfinglas with woodland walks, walks by the Glenfinglas reservoir, and an excellent circular route for mountain bikes taking the rider high into the mountains.
Leading to the west of the Trossachs heart is the 'Duke's Pass', named after a past Duke of Montrose. The Duke's pass leads over the high pass to Aberfoyle. This road affords splendid scenery and also provides access to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park where a variety of forest tracks and roads are open to walkers and - for a small charge - to motorists.
The Trossachs is also the name now used within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to define the eastern part of the Park, that is the area between Aberfoyle, Callander and up to Balquhidder and including Strathyre.