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Gaelic: An t-Iomaire Riabhach
Strathyre Village.jpg
The village of Strathyre
Grid reference: NN559172
Location: 56°19’26"N, 4°19’44"W
Post town: Callander
Postcode: FK18
Dialling code: 01877
Local Government
Council: Stirling

Strathyre is a small village, and the name of the district in which it sits, in south-western Perthshire. It forms the south-eastern part of the parish of Balquhidder, and is within the bounds of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. In Gaelic, the district is Srath Eadhair and the village An t-Iomaire Riabhach or an t-Iomaire Fada.

The village is largely a Victorian creation, having grown up with the arrival of the Callander and Oban Railway in the 1870s and the establishment of Strathyre railway station. The resident population recorded by the 2001 Census was around 100. The village is a popular tourist centre, with nearby caravan parks, camp sites and chalets, and canoeing, cycling and walking facilities.

About the village

The district of Strathyre extends from east of Balquhidder, following the River Balvaig which flows out of Loch Voil, almost due south to Loch Lubnaig. The River Balvaig is five miles in length, almost all of which lies in Strathyre. It falls by around 16 feet between Loch Voil and Loch Lubnaig. The A84 road and the route of the former Callander and Oban Railway run through the strath, as does the old 18th century military road.

The Strathyre Forest, which extends well beyond the limits of Strathyre proper, is managed by the Forestry Commission, forming the easternmost part of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

Literary associations

In September 1803 William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy stayed in the village and took walks in the local hills. Wordsworth was inspired to write his poem The Solitary Reaper following his stay in the village.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Strathyre)