Providing an excellent base for wild life trips to Loch of Blairs, “The Bothy” can accommodate groups of up to 18. Whether it is for use as a classroom/meeting space, or just a welcomed refuge to eat lunch away from the vagaries of the weather, the room is bright and welcoming.
Fitted with the bare necessities of a place to boil a kettle, and a sink to wash your hands, The Bothy is available for hire by the hour or by the day. Groups using The Bothy have access to the Boot room toilets in the building next to the Stable room.
A little bit of history
Built in 1896 (see History for more information) as place for anglers to enjoy a break from casting the fly on the loch, the last confirmed use we have of the bothy was in the late 1960’s. Over the following decades the building fell into a sorry state of disrepair with the windows gone and the roof badly leaking. In 2018 the Friends of Blairs Loch (FoBL) became established as a registered charity and started on the refurbishment of the boat house & bothy as the first stage in an ambitious plan to create a field study centre at the loch.
Where specialist trade skills were required the work was contracted out to local firms with the financial support from both public donations and grant giving foundations (see our Heroes for more information).
Considerable time and effort were also given by our band of “Friends volunteers” and, after an unfortunately delay in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the work on the Bothy was finally completed in June of this year.
For more details on the overall project please follow the link to the The Field Study Centre page.
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