My old 1920s 'Blue Guide to Scotland'
had this to say about Strathyre: a quiet village and
summer-resort, is a good centre for walks.
And that about sums it
up. Not sure what else I can say to fill this little space. The village
is very small, and facilities, like the bus service, are limited. There
is no McDonald's fast food joint, no shopping centre, no fish and chip
shop, no flashing neon lights, and no public toilets in which you might
pee. There's not even a set of traffic-lights! You might step off the
bus and two minutes later think, 'Now what?' But all that is in
Strathyre's favour. It's a place where houses in the main street nestle
in the shadows of mountains that tower over the village. It is
The countryside here is some of the best that Scotland has to offer. The tree-quilted slopes
of mountains like Beinh an t-Sidhein provide a
haven for spirits and sprites who sneak between branches watching over
all that goes on. For no matter where you are in the countryside around Strathyre,
there will always be a little special beastie watching your every move
as you trek along the paths and trudge through the terrain. And when you
have returned to your hotel room (Strathyre has a humble hotel and an
inn), your mind refreshed and your body all a-tingle, they will emerge
from the forest with brushes and spades and sweep and sort and rearrange the fallen leaves so it
all looks pretty for the next human who comes along.
You can get a bus to Strathyre from Callander, or from Stirling,
which has a main-line railway station. Bus service is infrequent.