Ruigh Aiteachain, in Glen Feshie, is set to become a real five-star bothy thanks to a major renovation that, at the time of writing (early September 2017), is nearing completion.
The bothy has been closed for a year while contractors working for Glenfeshie Estate Ltd – owners of the estate – strip out the old and bring in the new. It should re-open towards the end of September or in early October 2017.
The most significant change to the building is the addition of an extension on the north side of the building. Creating a new entrance hallway, this offers not only access to the two rooms on the ground floor but also accommodates a staircase rising to a sleeping area within the roof space. The extension also houses a log store, accessed externally.
Retaining the same layout, both ground floor rooms have been stripped back and repainted in white with areas of exposed stone around the door adding character. The central chimney serves fireplaces in both rooms and wood-burning stoves are to be installed. Ceilings are wood-panelled while the floors are a mix of flagstone and wood.
Ascending the wood-panelled staircase, there are sleeping areas either side of the chimney breast upstairs. Again, the whole space is wood-panelled.
Externally, the bothy stonework has been repaired and re-pointed and new sash and case windows have been fitted on the southern elevation. The corrugated iron roof has been renewed with new metal and new skylight windows have been installed both on the south side of the building and on the roof of the extension. The old ‘front door’ has been retained while there is a second access via a door in the extension
The ground around the bothy has been cobbled with stone and a cobbled path leads to the toilet block, which has also been renovated.
It is believed that the project cost around £120,000. The building will continue to operate as an open bothy, maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association. For more information and a location map visit the MBA website. For more about Glenfeshie Estate Ltd (and their rather more luxurious accommodation offerings!), visit the company’s website.