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Balvaig Log Cabin

Log cabin | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0.2km

This well appointed log cabin can sleep up to 7 people and is well suited to families. There's just SO much to see and do in this beautiful part of Scotland.

The cabin is situated in a wonderful setting, right by a river in a small picturesque estate, a stroll from the beautiful highland village of Strathyre with shop, great pub and restaurants. The accommodation is over two floors with a comfortable lounge and dining area, open plan modern kitchen and shower room on the ground floor. This layout is great for allowing everyone to interact whilst catering but you can also escape for some quiet time upstairs. A spiral staircase leads to two bedrooms, the double bedroom has a lovely balcony with a splendid outlook to the mountains and seating for enjoying your morning coffee or to take in some amazing star gazing. The triple bedroom has fabulous views over the river and towards the village. There are electric radiators in all rooms but the wonderful wood burning stove is the star, radiating warmth throughout and adding to the cosy rustic ambience. Outside, there's a covered deck which means you can bbq or laze in the hammock and enjoy the outdoors despite a passing shower.

The cabin is really well equipped, both inside and out, with everything you'll need for your holiday. We can't think of anything you might miss!

Set in a tranquil estate, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it's a great place to relax and just drink in the scenery. Equally, children love exploring the grounds which offer lots of space to run around enjoying the wild, rural countryside. Around the cabin there are extensive grassy areas and the River Balvaig flows by our door where you can cast a line. You are licensed to use two rods from the river bank, mostly for brown trout. There's a little shingle beach by the cabin where you can launch kayaks, with nearby sailing and other watersports at Loch Earn. The cabin is also in a superb location for cycling so bring (or hire) bikes since the tracks leave right from the door. If walking's your thing, you have access to gentle walks along the loch or to the neighbouring village of Balquhidder or more challenging hikes uphill! The annual Stuc a'Chroin Hill Race attracts fell runners up its steep heathery slopes each year and is regarded as a classic. Strathyre is dog heaven too!

The Cabin is located very close to local amenities (300m) with shop/off licence, inn, restaurant and cafe in the village. For families, there's a playpark, tennis/recreation ground and an indoor pool/spa, sports courts and climbing wall in the bustling Trossachs metropolis of Callander with its plentiful cafes and shops. Safari park, wildlife and sealife centres and working/petting farm are just a short drive. Water sports centres and canoe and bike hire nearby. Indeed, all the sporting and wildlife watching opportunities of the national park are easily accessible. There's all manner of sighting opportunities with bushcraft, tracking, navigation and wildlife observation days available at Strathyre's outdoor centre or you could try a landrover safari outing. 'Total Wipeout' fans can don a wetsuit and have a go at conquering an iceberg themselves at "Go Country" and for a bit of monkey business there's "Go Ape", an aerial treetop with UK's biggest zip wire. Excellent golf courses afford fantastic views and pony trekking can be arranged.

For foodies, a visit to Monachyle Mhor and Mhor 84 in Balquhidder glen is a must but you could also book a course at Nick Nairn's Cook School. For the culture vultures, there are numerous galleries and sculpture trails to explore as well as the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth. There are umpteen delightful days out to different lochs and picturesque towns but of special note is the paddle steamer around Loch Katrine or a cruise on Loch Lomond. Uncover the history by visiting an impressive selection of castles and don't miss Rob Roy's grave when you're in the heart of his homeland.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Loch Lubnaig with shingle beach 200 m
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 300 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow, Edinburgh 40 km, Nearest railway: Stirling 22 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The Cabin, whilst well appointed, with every mod con for your comfort, has a lovely rustic, alpine feel, with exposed beams and is of traditional log construction. The open plan layout offers:

Lounge: Log burner (logs supplied), twin sofas (one converts to a double bed), coffee table, satellite tv, dvd and ipod player. Library with guidebooks and information/maps for your stay, dvds, board games. Electric panel heater.

Dining Area: Oak/leather dining suite seats six (more if you borrow the garden furniture!). Panel heater.

Kitchen: Extremely well equipped for self catering with washing machine, dishwasher, ceramic hob and digital oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. Crockery, cutlery, utensils, tea towels and kitchen consumables are supplied as standard but you'll find plenty of other gadgets to make this a real home from home. Beautiful view of river from window.

Main Bedroom: Upstairs. Double bed, wardrobe, 3 chests, large balcony with patio furniture. Sat TV/dvd player. Lovely views from two sides. Cathedral ceiling with spotlights. Panel heater.

Bedroom 2: Upstairs. Bunk beds with double lower bed and single upper bed. Reading lights. 2 chests. Sat TV. Panel heater. Great view of river and beyond to ponies in field.

Bathroom: Shower, toilet and washbasin, cabinet and hot towel rail, located on the ground floor.

Cot, crib and highchair are available on request.

Selection of indoor and outdoor toys/games equipment.

Further details outdoors

The property sits in a scenic four acre estate, shared with another 8 cabins. The substantial grounds around each cabin are grassed and well maintained with shrubs and clusters of birch, oak, beech and lofty Scots pine trees. The estate is bordered by the river, farmland and extensive woodland. Our feeders are visited by many little birds and red squirrels are a common sight.

Outside the cabin there is a covered terrace with bench, outdoor dining furniture, bbq, hammock, loungers, outdoor tap/hose for cleaning bikes. The cabin has immediate access to the Balvaig where you can fish or launch canoes or just sit and admire the river flow by and the lovely views. If the river is not in spate it may be possible to swim but care should be taken with very small children and dogs.

Sustrans National Route 7 cycle way runs past the estate and this stretch of the old disused railway is ideal for children - there are few cars and they'll enjoy encounters with deer, squirrels, horses, pigs and highland cattle. The village amenities, including good pub and shop, are just a few minutes stroll. Mhor 84 has fantastic food any time of the day but for a real treat, visit Monachyle Mhor or Creagan House. There's a good playpark close by, a reconstructed broch, a wooden suspension bridge over the river, shingle beach areas, lovely pic-nic spots around the loch, and a recreation area in the village including an old tennis court, albeit in need of repair. Access to fine walks, some considered Trossachs highlights, start from the village and have great wee tea rooms or bars/bistros on route.

Further details

We don't have broadband but free wifi is available at the local inn and cafe.

The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region

Strathyre is great for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy the wonderfully scenic area of the Trossachs. The property is situated at the foot of Ben Shian and is located in a beautiful wooded glen running north/south and the munros of Ben Ledi, Ben Vane, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin create a protective climate from the worst of the westerly breezes. Loch Lubnaig is at the southern end of the glen and Loch Earn at the other, providing all manner of watersports facilities. The C7 cycle trail is adjacent to the estate and forest trails and hill walks abound including the Rob Roy Walkway. It's a great base for exploring other parts too. Callander, Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine and the rest of the magnificent Trossachs area are just a few miles away. Stirling and its ancient castle are just 22 miles, whilst Glasgow is 44 miles and Edinburgh 60 miles distant and are best visited by parking the car at Stirling rail station and taking the train. Glencoe Mountain ski area can be reached in 45 mins (40 miles), a stunning area whatever time of year, and Gleneagles for the 2014 Ryder Cup, St Andrews, Oban and the isles of the west coast are within easy striking distance - in fact you could be on Mull for an early lunch and back the same day.

Loch Lomond National Park

Strathyre has been popular for many years as a tourist destination with its privileged position at the gateway to the highlands and is ideally suited to the outdoor enthusiast. The national park status aims to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area, to promote enjoyment of recreation, and the special qualities of the area which are rich in spectacular mountains, lochs, rivers and forests. Autumn is a lovely time to visit when the hills are blanketed in rich, rusty colours.

The area is rich in folklore and history, nearby is the site of an ancient battleground and burial ground of Rob Roy at Balquhidder, and within the village itself there is a reconstructed and part completed 'Broch' - an ancient dwelling house.

Callander (7 miles) is the nearest large town for supermarkets and a variety of other shops, eating options, leisure centre and entertainment. Strathyre itself offers shop/off licence, inn and restaurants and hosts various events including its very own Balvaig Music Festival and the famous Stuc a'Chroin Hill Race.

Nearby attractions and activities include:

Cycling on a virtually traffic free cycleway or quiet country roads, and also mountain biking including purpose built routes.

Wildlife watching - especially red squirrels, deer, pine martins, otters and osprey - try a course at the local outdoor centre or a landrover safari

Fishing, both from the estate and further afield.

Watersports at Lochearnhead.

Hill walking - straight from doorstep - both easy trails and more strenuous mountain tracks on Ben Shean, Ben Ledi and Stuc a Chroin.

Trail running through forest and fell running on more arduous slopes.

Pony trekking.

Ben Ledi, Ben Vane, Ben Each, Ben Vorlich are within easy reach.

Go Ape, Aberfoyle, and Go Country, Kinlochard, offering adrenaline fuelled pursuits.

Loch Tay with rafting and other water based thrills is close.

David Marshall Lodge, with wildlife watch visitor centre, ranger activities, nature trails, osprey cams.

Exploring the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

Achray 7 mile forest drive, taking in 3 sparkling lochs.

Golf, both 9 hole and 18 hole (and just 40 miles to the Ryder Cup venue, Gleneagles)

Rob Roy's grave at Balquhidder and Rob Roy exhibition at Callander.

Steamer on Loch Katrine, evoking the romance of the Sir Walter Scott poem.

Falls of Leny, Bracklinn falls and falls of Dochart, some pools offering opportunities for wild swimming.

Blair Drummond Safari Park, Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre, Briarlands working and petting farm.

Doune Antique and Arts Centre.

Stirling with its castle and other historic buildings.

Distillery trails.

Canyoning, segways, sphering, off road driving, paintball, quadbike, archery, abseiling, mountain board, sea plane trips

- you name it, it's here.

Highland Games, traditional folk nights, local food and music festivals, ceilidhs, agricultural shows, sheep shearing competitions

Gastronomic delights of Monachyle Mhor, Mhor84 and other great eating experiences.

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Review 1-10 of 11

4 Jul 2014



Just back from a 4 night stay, and really enjoyed it. The cabin was very well equipped and was spotlessly clean. No complaints at all.… More

15 Apr 2014


"A fantastic log cabin in an amazing place..!"

We have just spent a very lovely week at this fabulous cabin.It certainly has the WOW factor!!The cabin itself is very comfortable and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need - and then… More

6 Apr 2014


"A truly beautiful log cabin!"

Enjoyed a great mid week break to relax and recharge. A lovely little cabin that felt a real home from home. Great base for exploring the National Park. Saw plenty of lochs plus the only lake in … More

6 Oct 2013


"Cosy Honeymoon Location"

The cabin itself was picturesque in a safe area with a few similar cabins nearby (far away enough to not feel cramped). Karen and family met us upon arrival, showed us around and we're super frie… More

29 Sep 2013


"Amazing Place!"

We stayed for 4 nights in late September and the scenery in this area is simply breathtaking, to the north you have numerous loch's and many cute little towns and to the south you have the more m… More

25 Aug 2013


"warm, comfortable and well equipped."

The cabin was very warm and cosy, nicely furnished with a good selection of dvd's and games. The location was great, less than an hour to Edinburgh and has lots of local walks. There was a Tesco … More

5 Jul 2013


"Comfortable, well-equipped, peaceful place to stay in a really beautiful location"

We had a perfect week staying in the log cabin which was easy to get to from Glasgow. Lots of great walks within easy reach as well as good places to eat. The log cabin was very cozy with everything… More

12 Feb 2013


"A fantastic, cosy cabin in a picture perfect setting"

Greeted on arrival by Karen who gave us a helpful tour of the cabin and tips on what there is to do and where to go in the area, many of which we visited. The cabin is everything we imagined a log cabin to be - solid timber, warm and cosy with a log fire, very well equipped, comfortable soft sofas and a very comfy bed which were very appreciated after a long day outside walking! The situation couldn't be better - surrounded by snow capped mountains and pine forest with fantastic walks. At the rear wild birds and red squirrels frequent feeders whilst a river runs past which are best viewed whilst washing the dishes! The only pub in the village is The Inn, which we visited several times, serving great home cooked food and guest ales. We were made to feel very welcome as was our dog who was provided with a bowl of water and a bonio! All in all a fantastic week was had, it was sad to leave but we will return soon.

20 Nov 2012


"Lovely, well equipped cabin with amazing views all round."

Just returned from a long weekend at Balvaig. The overall service was second to none!
The cabin itself has a very cosy, homely feel to it, was immaculate and has lots of information inside about the local area, things to do etc.
Plenty to do in the area, but I have to say, it was a pleasure to return 'home' to the log fire!!!
We will definately be back!

23 Sep 2012


"A beautiful cabin in a friendly village that we will never forget and would love to revisit."

We had a brilliant time. The cabin was beautiful. It had everything you needed and was exactly how it was described and pictured in the advertisement. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. The views from the cabin were fantastic and the grounds were very peaceful. The staff and residents we met in the village pub were very friendly. Callander is very near which we liked as there were many places to eat. Also there was a tesco and co-op for us to buy some messages. I would say to anyone reading this looking for a cabin to rent that you should definitely book as we found it wonderful. Unfortunately it could not last forever and we had to come home.

Review 1-10 of 11

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