£155 / night
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Balvaig River Log Cabin, with wood burning stove, alpine charm on water's edge – Home 236269 Log cabin

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Balvaig River Log Cabin, with wood burning stove, alpine charm on water's edge – Home 236269

  • Log cabin
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 5
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 61 reviews

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Log cabin / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 5

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Our lovely log cabin is situated in a wonderful setting, overlooking a river a stroll from the beautiful highland village of Strathyre. Nestled amongst majestic mountains with magical woods and scenic lochs, you’ll find yourself immersed in the best rugged beauty and wild landscapes that the Trossachs National Park has to offer. This is a location where you can truly unwind and enjoy life’s simple pleasures but once refreshed and restored, it provides a great base for exploring.

The open beamed accommodation is over two floors with a comfortable lounge with log burner, dining area, modern kitchen and shower room on the ground floor. This open plan layout is great for allowing everyone to interact whilst catering and kids can escape 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. The wonderful wood burning stove is the focal point, radiating warmth throughout and adding to the rustic alpine ambience. A veritable home from home, we can't think of anything you might miss. We provide logs for your stay and our cupboards are well stocked with all your kitchen staples. Even in poor weather there's plenty of entertainment with smart tvs, fibre broadband and a great selection of dvds, Wii, Playstation and board games.

Set in a tranquil picturesque estate, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it's a great place to relax and just drink in the scenery. Red squirrels are frequent visitors to our bird feeders. 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. You can take up the Bliss Trail from here - an award winning sculpture trail. 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 woods around Strathyre are dog heaven too!

The Cabin is located very close to local amenities with shop/off licence, three lively hostelries, cafe, etc, just a short stroll away. 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 tearooms and shops. Safari park, wildlife 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 or you could try a landrover safari outing to spot deer or maybe an eagle. The area offers a wide range of activities for families and children, including: Junior Ranger trails and Bushman fun in the forest. Wilderness trails, Twilight walk, Bike Hire, Canoe Safari and Geocaching and much more. '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 walkway 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 (Scottish gastropub of the year with its weekly folk sessions) in Balquhidder glen (2 mile walk) is a must (as well as their fish and bakery outposts in Callander). Strathyre is well served locally having three pubs, all serving great food, cafe and even an ice cream parlour in the village.

The cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth are easily reached and it's perfectly possible to visit a west coast island, Glencoe or Loch Ness for the day. With numerous delightful villages and attractive towns to visit, you'll find a myriad of sights to see and things to do. There are umpteen delightful days out to different lochs 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.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Bunk Bed Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Shower room


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Climbing frame
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Travellers from the south M6 onto A74(M) then M74 heading towards Glasgow. Exit M74 at J4 onto the M73 signposted Stirling, Glasgow. Take M80 signposted 'Stirling'. Merge onto the M9 signposted 'Perth'. Leave the M9 at J10. Take 2nd exit A84 on roundabout signposted 'Crainlarich/Callander'. Continue for 25 miles (40 km) through Doune and Callander until you reach Strathyre. From the South via Edinburgh: A720 City By-pass headed for Glasgow M8 and Stirling M9. Take the M8 turn-off towards Glasgow. At J2 leave M8 and take the M9 towards Stirling. Leave M9 at J10. Ferries: Amsterdam to Newcastle upon Tyne (with DFDS) By Air: Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are well served by Ryanair and Easyjet.

Interaction with guest

I look forward to greeting you personally on arrival and will be able to give you some pointers on what there is to see and do in the area. Before you arrive, I'm happy to provide you with lots of info and links to help you with your advance research. I am contactable throughout your stay to answer any queries and, in the unlikely event of any arising, to resolve any problems.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Pets only accepted with owner's permission. A charge of £25 per week is applicable, £15 for shorter stay. Max 2 small dogs kept on lead whilst on estate. Dogs are not allowed on furniture or in upstairs bedrooms. Bedding, towels, bowls, etc must be provided.

Extra guests allowed only with owner's permission in advance and are chargeable.


About the owner

Karen K.
Average reply time:
2 hours 44 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
04 Jun 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French

This Log cabin has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 01 Jun 2012. Located in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, it has 61 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £745 to £1111.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 04 Jun 2019.


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Guest reviews

61 reviews

Very Good

“A lovely peaceful retreat.”

Reviewed 23 Sep 2018

A lovely cabin in a wonderful location , views of the river from kitchen / second bedroom with mountain views the other side from lounge and main bedroom. The only sound of a night was the gentle sound of the river nearby ,soooo peaceful. The cabin was well equipped and wanted for nothing, plenty of dvd's etc for raining days and a short walk to the local pub.Well sited for Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park. Plenty to do in area from Loch cruises , hiking , kayaking , go ape ,safari park and historic sites. Thanks for a lovely stay! Only slightly spoilt by some poor weather but hey it is the UK so you get what you get....

“Strathyre log cabin”

Reviewed 14 Aug 2017

Fantastic log cabin to stay in. Everything you needed was there. Great views to enjoy. Nice and peaceful place to relax. Great for walking and cycling.

“Home from home”

Reviewed 19 Jul 2017

My holiday experience at Balvaig was like a home away from home. It was comfortable cosy and well furnished with every need met and plenty of extras. There was no need to bring anything but food as everything else was there. The place was an ideal location to explore the trossacks and highlands with a cosy place to come home to. The cabins around were well spaced apart so not encroaching on each other and having the river on the doorstep was a bonus for any fishing enthusiasts. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday .

“Just Perfect”

Reviewed 22 Feb 2017

Fantastic holiday, beautiful location, lots of fantastic walks with plenty of amazing views from every angle. There is a good range of places to eat that take wet muddy dogs too! We stayed over half term with our two teenagers and a dog and have to say its one of the best holidays we have had. The owners were great giving us plenty of advise and information on the area Thank you for a perfect holiday.

“New year in a breathtaking location”

Reviewed 6 Jan 2017

Just back from Balvaig log cabin having spent new year there. Scenery was beautiful The cabin was like a home from home with all amenities you could possibly ask for Ourselves and our young chuldren, and our black lab loved the experience Thank you Karen


Reviewed 30 Oct 2016

Beautiful lodge in excellent location. The lodge was equipped with everything you could need and more. Great for totally relaxing, walking watching nature. Will certainly consider this holiday an option for next year.


Reviewed 23 Oct 2016

We had a lovely time during the October break. Karen the owner has thought of every household amenity and the cabin is very well equipped and cosy. The kids enjoyed the bunk beds and spotting red squirrels, ducks, robins and kestrels from the window. There are a few local ponies too and we could see one from the kitchen window and another two near the kids play park which was just up the road behind the village shop. Strathyre itself is a scenic village with a lot of nice walks and a few places to eat but limited amenities. A car is a necessity if you want to explore the local area. Callander and Aberfoyle are within east reach by car and we also made it down to Loch Katrine for a Loch trip aboard a steam boat which was lovely. We also had a longer jaunt to Pitlochry and stayed for ththe Enchanted Forest tour which everyone really enjoyed. The cabin itself is peacefully located and a real haven to come back to after a busy day horse riding, hiking or just taking in the local scenery. We loved relaxing by the log fire with a hot toddy (adults) and a hot chocolate (kids!) and a movie from Karen's extensive DVD collection. I think we went at a perfect time of year, beautiful Autumn foliage, not too cold yet (most days apart from a couple of rainy days we just wore jumpers- no coats) and no dreaded midges to worry us!

“cosy and in the heart of Scotland”

Reviewed 14 Aug 2016

cosy and in the heart of Scotland log fire close to shop river running by private Owner greets you and gives you tour explaining how the property functions

“Cosy, Homely, and Warm”

Reviewed 11 Nov 2015

We stayed here for a weekend in November 2015. It was a miserable weekend with heavy rain, but we felt all cosy and warm in front of the log fire in this great wee cabin. Lot's of thought has been put into the place, with all the essentials (salt etc) already in the cupboards, unlike other log cabins in the area we have stayed at. There was loads of wood and firelighters left, an umbrella at the door, a torch. If you have forgot to lift it before leaving home, Karen has already thought of it. We will definitely be back, hopefully the weather will be nicer next times.

“the cabin with everything”

Reviewed 11 Oct 2015

Nicely located by the river with the privacy of a small site but within 5 minutes walk of the village shop the cabin is equiped with everthing you could need for a holiday of this type although we only used it as a touring base clean and tidy with graet comunication from Karen from the start.

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