Post type: accommodation

Braeroy

Fort William

Braeroy Lodge is eight miles into famous Glen Roy. It is a 19th century Victorian hunting lodge and little has changed from the days when folk would stay here having travelled from Glasgow on the West Highland Railway, across Rannoch Moor to Roybridge Station, where a carriage would take guests all the way up and into the Glen.

Then, in days of old, sport and fine hospitality would await.

Braeroy

Fort Williams

– 19th century Victorian hunting lodge (to be restored) –

– Victorian stalking Bothy –

– Traditional shooting & stalking with ponies –

– Fishing on the River Roy –

– The famous ‘parallel roads’ –

– Spectacular Highlands scenery –

There is no accommodation on Braeroy at this time, but should you be staying locally or on one of the other Wildland properties, the estate to this day offers the very best stalking with 80 to 100 stags being taken each year and Highland garrons – traditional Highland ponies – still used to bring the stags down from the hillsides.

Part of Scotland’s Northwest Geo Park, the River Roy is visually beautiful and offers classic spate river fishing. There are waterfalls and ancient single-span humpback bridges (probably designed and built by Caulfield) that served the old Highlands Military Highway and which winds still through ever more lonely stretches of the Corrieyairack and Braeroy forests towards Dalwhinnie.

Although virtually empty today and despite clearances carried out by the Mackintoshes in the 19th century (and later voluntary departures as the communities become gradually less and less sustainable), Glen Roy remained one of the mainland’s last Gaelic speaking communities on into the 1950s/60s. Beyond Braeroy Lodge lies Bohuntine, a small township of about five or six traditional croft houses, which is the last survival of a collective farm created for crofters when the Glen was cleared – a rare unspoilt group of vernacular buildings (some tin-roofed, some derelict, a few recently improved) which provides a wonderful glimpse of what once was and that which once again can be…

The estate has been designated a National Nature Reserve to prevent the Glen either being afforested or being dammed. Further up the Glen is the remote Luib-Chonna bothy which is managed by the MBA and provides a launch point to walk on remote Corbetts (Beinn Iaruinn, and three separate but adjacent hills call called Carn Dearg), or approach the famous Munro Creag Meaghaidh from the north.

The famous ‘parallel roads’ which are seen all around Glen Roy are a remarkable phenomena, as famous for the theories propounded about their origins as they are for their spectacle. In the early 19th century many natural scientists – including both Lyell and Babbage – visited and put forward theories as to how they were formed. Famously Charles Darwin offered his own altogether incorrect theory, but later recanted, stating:

A nice mess I made of Glen Roy … my paper was one long gigantic blunder from beginning to end.

Charles Darwin