There’s nothing quite like a leisurely roll through one of Scotland’s many beautiful nature trails. Seeing as Allan and I both love the outdoors, I thought it would be a good idea to start writing about all the accessible Scottish walks we go on. Our most recent being the lovely Strathyre on a nice day in May.
When I say ‘nice day’ that doesn’t mean sunshine or warmth. For Scottish weather, it means it wasn’t wet or windy.
Strathyre is a small town between Callander and Lochearnhead in the Stirling area. We started off by crossing a stone bridge and turning left down a small sloped path (see photo below) where two beautiful white horses stood grazing on the grass with Loch Voil as their backdrop. Loch Voil is a short narrow loch that runs from the beautiful Loch Lubnaig.
Although this was my first time rolling through this area, it wasn’t Allan’s. He has cycled this path many times so suggested we try it as he knew it would be accessible for my wheelchair because of the smooth flat surfaces throughout the trail.
Shortly after the horses, the path continued up a gentle slope that ran beside a small stretch of road (the A84) and Strathyre Village Hall. Even though we were beside the road the path was still fully accessible and then we cut down to the left away from the road.
We crossed a wooden bridge and then we were immediately surrounded by mountains and lots of greenery. It felt so peaceful. Allan couldn’t help himself from having a go on a tire swing we found tied to a tree.
It was nice to see Highland cow’s relaxing as we made our way along the trail. We continued along a section of Mid Balvaig Path, which is a 3-mile circuit. We didn’t do the whole circuit though as I stupidly forgot to charge my wheelchair battery the night before so didn’t want to risk running out of power miles from our car.
Before turning back we stopped for a little break to enjoy our surroundings and the mini picnic we had taken with us. Sometimes the best things are the simple things. I want to make more time for them.
We plan on going back to this great accessible Scottish walk soon to complete the whole circuit including the forest, so consider this part one with part two coming soon. Stay tuned!
Do you have a favourite accessible Scottish walk?
Does your local area have good accessible walks?