If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some photos from our stay at the Bonnie Bothy back in mid-October (if you didn’t I’m surprised because I spammed the shit out my IG account with pics from that place hehe).
So what exactly is the Bonnie Bothy, where is it located and why did we stay there?
A traditional bothy is “a basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge” and they’re meant to be scattered around the Scottish highlands. This one isn’t really a “real” bothy, it’s more of a little hut that you can rent to sleep in- like glamping I guess. This one is pretty new, I think maybe a year old and there’s actually two of them next to each other- the one we stayed in has one double bed and the Braw Bothy has 2 bunk beds. The Bonnie Bothy is located by Spean Bridge and Laggan Locks, which is about a 3 hour drive from Edinburgh. I initially thought it was by Loch Lochy and kept geotagging it as that on Insta (mostly because the name Loch Lochy was funny).
I booked this back in June or July because I kept seeing it pop up on Airbnb and it caught my eye. We paid about £70 to stay there which I thought was a pretty good deal and it just looked so cute. Why NOT stay in a little hut right by a beautiful lake and pretend I’m outdoorsy?!
Anyway, scroll down to read my thoughts about the Bonnie Bothy (sorry if the spelling is totally off, I’m in bed with the flu and my brain isn’t working properly).
What I liked about the Bonnie Bothy:
– The coziness of it. It’s very much like the photos online- small but cozy. The fireplace is obviously the key thing here. The only thing I did in the evening was sit in front of the fire and edit photos for a few hours, so relaxing!
– The views from the bothy are amazing. There are two sets of doors so you can leave the glass doors shut and still enjoy the view without freezing.
– There’s everything you need, like a stove, kettle, chopping board, mini fridge, plates, cutlery etc. Obviously there wasn’t a shop nearby so we just had some cheeses and shnacks in the bothy. Cuuuute.
– You’re not actually completely isolated. The bothy is next to a canal which is also home to another hotel type thing, an activities centre and The Eagle, which is a floating pub and restaurant. On the night we were there they had a pirate theme going on so when I went in everyone went silent (well, like the 5 people in there). It was pretty funny watching a group of people dressed as pirates staring at me since I wasn’t dressed up. Needless to say I backed away pretty quickly. And also because I didn’t have cash on me and they don’t take card 🙁
Anyway, it was kind of nice to know that there were other people around so you’re not sleeping completely alone by a lake.
– Even though the bothy itself didn’t have a toilet or shower, there’s one right next door to it. The toilet and shower room where super fresh and well cleaned so it wasn’t an issue at all. Plus, it’s not like I was there on a spa day.
– Even though there was no one there to greet us, getting the keys wasn’t an issue. There was a little safe thing attached to the outside of the bothy that had the keys in there. I was sent a 4 digit code beforehand so it was all very smooth. There were some instructions left inside on how to use the fireplace etc too.
What I didn’t like:
There is really nothing I can think about that I didn’t like. This is probably because I read up on this place beforehand so I knew there wasn’t going to be a toilet in the bothy, or that the size was going to be small etc.
– The only thing I would say is that it got a bit cold in the night. This is because there was no heating in the bothy except for the fireplace. This wasn’t a huge issue but it’s something to keep in mind! When the fire was on it got toasty real fast and then the temp dropped pretty quickly at night.
Would I go back?
YES! 100%. BUT I would stay here in the late spring or summer. I think mid-Oct was pushing it a bit since it got cold in the bothy at night. I think May-Sept would be fine though. I’m planning on booking another night here for next summer, that’s how much I liked it!