Balvaig Cottage ref: UK5935

Strathyre, near Callander, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Situated in the heart of Strathyre village, Balvaig Cottage retains its Victorian charm whilst offering all the home comforts for a relaxing holiday. This traditional, detached, red sandstone property dates back to 1897 and features a fitted kitchen and two wood burners. There is excellent internet connectivity and a 40" Freeview TV with Now TV movies package, as well as a DVD player via the Xbox 360, which also includes a selection of games. Upstairs the master bedroom has a kingsize bed and original fireplace, whilst the generous twin bedroom has built-in wardrobe space and window seat.
The property sits in half an acre of well-maintained garden, offering space for children to play and explore, and to sit and enjoy the views towards Glen Ample and watch the birdlife.

The village is well-served by the shop opposite offering all the basics including daily newspapers. The local inn a few yards along the road is the social hub of the village. It offers a warm welcome to all, including children and dogs, and has a good selection of pub grub and guest ales. The café at the south end of the village is well worth a visit and the two hotels are open to non-residents for meals and refreshments.

The property is ideally located to explore the surrounding Trossachs National Park and beyond by foot, bike or car. The Sustran UK Route 7 runs past the car park opposite and provides a dedicated cycleway and footpath to Callander to the south and Glenogle and Killin to the north, following the route of the old Callander and Oban railway. Step through the gate at the bottom of the garden and you are on the Rob Roy Way, the long distance footpath following many of the routes used by the notorious outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor in the 17th and 18th centuries. For the more adventurous, some of Scotland’s best hill walking is within easy reach including the munros Stuc a Chroin, Ben Vorlich and Ben Lawyers. Loch Lubnaig, a mile south, and its tributary the Balvaig River, offer fishing and canoeing.

Local attractions include Rob Roy’s grave in the pretty village of Balquidder, 4 miles, the Falls of Leny, the bustling towns of Callander and Killin, and the Falls of Dochart 9 miles north. From the Trossachs Pier, 16 miles, daily steam ships cruise up and down Loch Katrine. Doune Castle, 17 miles, is a must for Monty Python fans, and 3 miles further on is the Argarty Red Kite Centre.

Further afield, Stirling, 25 miles, is dominated by the impressive castle and The Wallace Monument, whilst for rugged spectacular Scottish landscapes, Glencoe, an hour’s drive to the north, is hard to beat as well as offering skiing in winter. Glasgow, 50 miles, and Edinburgh, 60 miles, are served by excellent road connections making them easy destinations for day excursions. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Living room: With wood burner, 40’’ Freeview TV, Now TV movie package, Xbox 360 and a selection of games, iPod dock and wooden floor.
Dining room: With wood burner and iPod dock/CD player.
Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, Tassimo coffee machine and tiled floor.
Utility/cloakroom: With freezer, washing machine and toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burners included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.


Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out areas, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars; additional parking in public car park. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps in the garden. This property has a security deposit of £100.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    100 yards
  • Distance
    8 miles
  • Restaurant
    100 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    100 yards
  • Railway station distance
    25 miles
  • Lake
    1 mile (loch)

About the local area

Loch Lomond is the single biggest expanse of inland water in the British Isles. The broad island-dotted shallows in the south gradually narrow into deeper water surrounded by steep sided mountains dominated by Ben Lomond. The loch is ideal for sailing and water-sports and there are some beautiful walks.

Talk a gentle stroll through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park or Balloch Castle Country Park and visit charming lochside villages and sandy bays. There really is something for everyone. If hill walking, cycling, boating, golf, wildlife watching, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing or mountain biking are your thing then this is THE place to go!

Nearby to the north is The Trossachs National Park, with heather-clad peaks known as `The Highlands in Minature'. This place includes the Crainlairch and Ben Lawers mountain ranges, which are amongst the highest in Scotland. A true haven for keen walkers and hikers. For more relaxing activities visit one of the many historic buildings in the area or take a guided bush craft tour, try bird watching, or do a spot of retail therapy. The Trossachs is a wonderful area to visit and no trip to Scotland would be complete without spending some time in the area.

Things to do nearby

Argyll Forest Park - The Glenbranter Forest Route

This demanding and rather muddy one hour circular trail is ideal for those wishing to discover more of Argyll Forest.

The Lochgoilhead Centre

Enjoy the great outdoors with Lochgoilhead's purpose built track.

The Lochgoilhead Centre - watersports

This centre is set amongst some of the most alluring west highland scenery and offers activity days and courses.

Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine

This 28 mile round route is excellent for exploring Loch Katrine and the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Loch Lomond Aquarium

The Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium is home to the biggest collection of sharks in Scotland and offers breathtaking views of the Loch from the Café.

High on a hill in Helensburgh, overlooking the River Clyde, sits what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation.

The Lochgoilhead Centre - Rock Climbing

Lochgoilhead Centre has been providing climbing adventures for over thirty years.

Loch Lomond Golf Club
Loch Lomond Golf Club

Host to the Scottish Open since 1996, Loch Lomond Golf Club is one of the most well known golf clubs in the National Park.

Loch Katrine

The best place to enjoy the timeless beauty of the Trossachs is Loch Katrine.

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