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Balvaig Log Cabin

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Balvaig Log Cabin

Log cabin / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5

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Log cabin / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5

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

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
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 11:00
Nearest beach Loch Lubnaig with shingle beach 200 m
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
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, Double beds (2), Single beds (1), 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, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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 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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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.

18 Aug 2012


"Great Cabin and location"

This was an excellent holiday, the cabin was just as described with everything you would need for a great family holiday. Its location couldn't have been better, backing on to the river and the site was quiet but close to all amenities. There is so much to do in the area and the boys had a great time. The owners were very helpful and welcoming. We would love to return sometime

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