The Ferry Bothy - Àiridh

Mark Kitson   |   Michael Cockburn   |   Dick Lewis


Grouped around two majestic Scotch Pines and looking up Balquhidder Glen towards Stob a’Choin and Stob Breac, the Ferry Bothy is a unique combination of found items that, when gathered together create a magical place to stay.

The Bothy part of the group is another small student project – developed and partially built by two Strathclyde Architecture Students, Mark Kitson and Michael Cockburn. It centres around a large window and hearth and was designed to sit in splendid isolation at Inverlochlarig. Unfortunately, it couldn’t be finished in time and lay stranded in Glasgow – destined to be scrapped. Dick Lewis finally stepped in and offered to transport it and someday find a home for it.

The Ferry part of the group is the old Port Appin Ferry terminal, anyone who got the ferry to Lismore in the 1990s would have stood in here looking across Loch Linnhe. Once again Dick spotted an opportunity when he saw it being taken to scrap on the back of a low-loader and brought it to Monachyle – sure that someday he’d have a use for it.

A little bit of creative thinking saw an opportunity to marry these two spaces together in this stunning location and to offer people the chance to come and dwell here, to experience the landscape and to breathe new life into some forgotten spaces.

Let us go, lassie, go
Tae the braes o' Balquhidder Whar the blueberries grow
'Mang the bonnie Hielan' heather Whar the deer and the rae Lichtly bounding thegither
Sport the lang summer day
On the braes o' Balquhidder

Robert Tannahill