Balvaig Log Cabin
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Log cabin | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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)|
|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|
|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.
We don't have broadband but free wifi is available at the local inn and cafe.
The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park region
39 miles north of Stirling, 45 miles west of Perth, 24 miles sw of Aberfeldy,
Killin's setting near the Breadalbane Mountains at the end of Loch Tay (where the Falls of Dochart rush into the loch) is centrally located and convenient for Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Oban, Fort William and the islands of the west coast.
Perthshire is widely regarded as one of the loveliest and hugely scenic of Scotland's regions, often dubbed big tree country and it certainly has some magnificent specimens. In autumn the wooded slopes of the mountains turn beautiful hues, rivalling Vermont, and are reflected in the rivers and lochs below. This topography provides great walking country and over thirty munros to conquer. With numerous delightful villages and attractive towns to visit, you'll find a myriad of sights to see and things to do. The region boasts wonderful wildlife, cycling, skiing and other wintersports, fishing and golfing and repeat visitors will know this area as being the best for their particular enthusiasm. Perthshire is particularly known for its plethora of adrenaline packed water based activity providers around Kenmore at the top end of Loch Tay.
The hills, glens and rivers of this gorgeous area afford vistas that will stop you in your tracks - bring your camera! However, these magnificent highland landscapes are not just for looking at, they offer terrific outdoor adventures, for example:
Cycling - explore a section of the Glasgow-Inverness cycleway. Mountain bikers are spoilt for choice. Rent a mountain bike from the outdoor centre. Ski touring and climbing equipment is also available.
Kayakers can enjoy testing their paddling mettle or participate in any of the water sports offered by the clutch of operators on Loch Tay
A treasure trove of wildlife experiences to be discovered, try a Highland Safari trip where you're bound to see deer or spot an osprey swoop for trout on the lochs
Visit the old spa town of Crieff, the conservation village of Comrie in Strathearn, historic Dunkeld and Birnam (of Shakespeare fame), Aberfeldy with its craft shops and art deco cinema, Pitlochry for amongst other things its theatre and salmon ladder.
Take in spectacular Highland Perthshire, the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park.
Discover the delights of whisky distilling at the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturrett or Dewars World of Whisky
Kids will love Blair Drummond Safari Park, Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Go Ape, Go Country, or the Enchanted Forest (an illuminated son et lumiere) in a spectacular gorge
Drummond Castle Garden featured in the Rob Roy film or any one of the other mediaeval castles such as Doune, Stirling or Menzies
Visit Rob Roy's grave in Balquhidder and whilst you're there, treat yourself to a slap up dinner at the nearby famed Monachyle Mhor
Scottish Crannog Centre, a replica of an ancient defensive homestead built on the loch on wooden piles
Glen Lyon, thatched cottages at Fortingall and 3000 yr old yew tree where allegedly Pontius Pilate was born.
Killin is a centre of folklore, myth and legend and there's a superb little museum, housed in an old water mill that tells many of the old tales
Moirlannich Longhouse, NTS property, important and rare survival of ancient cruck frame byre/blackhouse/cottage with well preserved exhibits inside
Inchbuie, an island cemetery of the Clan McNab below the Falls
Climb NTS site, Ben Lawyers, Perthshire's highest, taking in the signposted nature trail, and be rewarded with views of the Atlantic and North Sea from the summit (on a clear day) and bag another eight in the range
Every summer there are highland games and a festival of folk music and concerts in Killin village hall
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2 Dec 2014
"A good cabin in an ideal location for rest or touring"
A very well kept log cabin in a quiet location - most of the time the only noise we heard was the rushing river at the end of the garden! I didn't meet the owner but we had a couple of good & fri… More
18 Nov 2014
I stayed at cabin no 6 for a week in November as a break away from work and the world - and it really delivered!! There is no internet access at all and very little phone signal - absolute bliss!! I… More
26 Aug 2014
"A really great holiday!"
We stayed in Karen's lovely log cabin. The weather was not to bad, but even the odd rain shower did not spoil things. There is so much to do near by, cycling round Loch Katrine, Blair Drummond sa… More
12 Aug 2014
"Very cosy & welcoming"
Very lovely log cabin with all facilities in a quiet setting - we really enjoyed our stay last week, and saw plenty of local wildlife - buzzards, weasel, field mice, jay, chaffinches, blue tits. Very… More
13 Jul 2014
Just returned after a 10 day visit to Strathyre where we stayed at Karen's amazing log cabin. This really is home from home with all the amenities of the most modern of houses. Ideally situated f… More
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
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
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