Strathyre (meaning sheltered valley) is situated 8 miles north of Callander, in between Callander and Balquidder. St Columba and St Cuthbert both stayed here on their journeys around Scotland. It is a very popular stop off point for travelers and affords a good selection of food outlets and places to stop and watch the world go by. It is an ideal base from which to explore Balquhidder and Rob Roy country. With the coming of the railway in the 19th Century, stopping by the west shore of Loch Lubnaig, it forced the village to move to its present site on the east bank of the river. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot deer, osprey and eagles among other specimens. In the late summer and Autumn, the woods and forest are adorned with berries and wild mushrooms.