Visitor’s local Information

Fàilte gu Strathyre

A warm Highland welcome to Strathyre – we hope you have an enjoyable stay.

This page offers visitors and guests from overseas, links to local and safety information to help during their stay.

Local Health and safety Advice

Doctor

Nearest Doctor & Health Centre  Health Centre Geisher Road Callander FK17 8LX Opening hours 08:30 to 6pm.

There are Two Medical practices located together: Bracklin Practice tel: 01877 331001 and Leny Practice tel: 01877 331000

Out of Hours Emergency Treatment:  NHS 24 Service and 111 service information

Illness Symptom Checker Tool 

Nearest Hospitals:

Nearest Main Hospital is Larbert Royal

Stirling Rd, Larbert,  FK5 4WR     Tel: 01324 566 000

Services Offered

  • Bone Injuries
  • Emergencies
  • Eye Injuries
  • Paediatrics (Child)
  • Walk-in
  •  X-ray
  • Full Accident And Emergency
Livilands Gate, Stirling,  FK8 2AU   Tel: 01786 434036
  • Minor Injuries Unit – which provides treatment for a wide range of common injuries such as sprains, cuts, burns and suspected broken bones
  • (open daily 9am – 9pm)

Trossachs Pharmacy

Health  and Social Care Scotland 

Rural Health Scottish Government Health and Social Care

Dentist

 171 Main Street Callander FK19 8BJ     Tel: 01877 330703

HOURS: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri:  09:00 to 13:00  and 14:00 to 17:00.    Tuesdays: 13:00 to 17:00 then  18:00 to 21:00

Closed weekends

Entertaining Children & Safety

Strathyre is a natural playground for children with lots of forests and streams to explore around the village. We do however like to mention that we have a main trunk road running through the village. Whilst it has a 30MPH limit, many drivers fail to observe this.

River Balvaig

We also have the winding river Balvaig running through the village and whilst this offers an attractive setting, the river does at times run deep and fast especially after prolonged rain. We would like to ask that visitors bear these facts in mind especially with younger children.

Local Events

Strathyre hosts a number of events in the village that can draw large crowds such as Music events, Walks, Hill races, Fireworks event and Christmas market. Please look after children during such busy events.

Nearest Veterinary Clinic – Callander Veterinary Clinic opening times are:

Monday 8.30 – 6.30pm
Tuesday 8.30 – 4.30pm
Wednesday 8.30 – 6.30pm
Thursday 8.30 – 4.30pm
Friday 8.30 – 4.30pm
Saturday 2 – 4pm

Callander Practice: 
Riverside Veterinary Clinic, 1 Lagrannoch Industrial Estate,Geisher Road, Callander,FK17 8LX.
Tel: 01877 381213
Locate on Google Maps.

Walking Pets

There are some great areas to walk dogs around the village. Strathyre has many dog owners and you may meet a few during your visit. Please help us keep the village clean and tidy by using poop bags, which can be deposited in specific labelled dog waste bins which can be found around the village and dog walking areas. Most of our accommodation outlets are dog friendly as are our Pubs and Cafe. Please keep pets on leads.

Community Safety

  • Neighbourhood Watch –  Useful Information and how to join the network.
  • Rural Watch –  For Rural communities Scottish partnership against Rural crime

Planning for emergencies

Safety Information for Visitors – Bugs and Things

Scotland is a safe country with very few things to worry about. However, our landscape away from the Cities, whilst beautiful to see, carries advice for those who like to venture off into the wilds, to our lochs and mountain areas. Our advice is always – be well prepared. Here are some things to consider for your personal safety. The Lochs and rivers in Scotland are quite deep and can be very cold even in summer. We do not recommend swimming in lochs or rivers due to the risks of  severe cold leading to hypothermia. The current in some rivers can also be fast and with slippy river banks so care should be taken.

Pests

If walking off recognised pathways into our rugged landscape, please be aware that small insects can be found here. – things to watch out for, are ticks. These are small dark  insects usually from the size of a lentil upwards to 4 or 5 times this size. They sometimes have a small hump on their back. These insects cling to your skin and usually need prized off with a pinch or by using tweezers or a tick extraction tool like a small fork – which are available in most chemist or outdoor shops. Tick bites (if ticks are removed fairly quickly) have minor impact but if left for a while can cause limes disease which ca be quite serious. Remember to check pets that can also pick up a tick especially in long grass, heather or fern covered areas. Ticks are prevalent near areas where sheep and Deer are found.

In the same grassy and heather covered hills two types of snake can be found. A thin Green Grass snake is of no safety concern and are harmless. A stripped snake tan and brown /black in colour is of more concern these are adders and whilst rarely found, as they tend to keep well hidden away. If stood on or threatened they will defend themselves and can give a nasty bite: especially around ankles or hands or wrists if attempts are made grab them. Best to keep well clear. Adders dont attack unless threatened. If bitten, although the venom poses little danger to a healthy adult, the bite is painful and requires urgent medical attention. About 100 adder bites are reported in Britain each year, according to the NHS, with most happening during summer months. Symptoms of an adder bite: usually two small puncture wounds, and painfull swelling can occur, some people refer to feeling faint or light headed. Small Chidren and elderly are more at risk. We advise to always seek medical help as soon as possible. Try to remember the description and size of the snake.

The Scottish Midge

The next pest is the famous Scottish Midge: generally quite harmless but can be an extreme nuisance in the countryside and highlands. The midge is a tiny insect like a micro size mosquito. they are quite difficult to see but their sting can cause an itch on the skin and small areas of swelling which can be quite annoying. When affected there are normally a cloud of dozens bitting rather than one or two. There are many local potions recommended to keep the Midge away from bare skin one of the most popular is SMIDGE available in most Chemists and local shops (Other popular brands also available). Keep ointment clear of eyes to avoid irritation and stinging. Midges like damp conditions and often appear after a rain shower.

Taking to the Hills – Staying Safe

A great Scottish activity is hill walking and mountain climbing. The view from the top is breathtaking but these environments must never be visited without appropriate clothing and making plans. Our climate for much of the year can change significantly and temperatures in a valley can be 20 or more degrees warmer than the top of a 1000 metre +mountain. In winter, overnight temperatures can plummet to minus 15 or colder in highland glens. The last thing you would want is to get lost in such remote areas with a sudden change in weather with poor visibility. It is therefore vital on all such trips to take time to follow the recommendations below:

  1. Never venture into the high mountains or hills alone or ill equipped.
  2. Always let folks at home or where you are staying, know where you are going and when you expect to return
  3. Make sure you carry a fully charged Mobile phone
  4. Carry an essential first Aid kit – think about how you will treat twisted / broken ankles cuts and sprains
  5. Carry an Ordnance Survey Map
  6. Carry a Compass
  7. Regularly check your bearings to see where you are
  8. Don’t take unnecessary risks – if conditions worsen – turn back
  9. Carry or wear appropriate outdoor clothing to cope with worsening conditions
  10. Wear suitable footwear
  11. Carry a torch
  12. Always aim to be back down to safety well before dark

Community Police Officer

Will Diamond is the local Community Police Officer for Strathyre.

Will has a page for local updates accessed through the top menu bar, select SERVICES / COMMUNITY POLICING

Website: Local Command Centre (Trossachs and Teith)

For Emergencies dial 999            For non-emergencies dial 101