A bothy is an old term for a Scottish shelter, used by shepherds tending their flocks in remote locations. Traditionally bothies are very basic, comprising of a dry roof to sleep under and a fire to keep warm by. The bothy at Auldgirth sits on the edge of a working farm/small holding and offers guests a back to basics form of accommodation, with a few modern luxuries to keep you comfortable during your stay.
The accommodation is open plan and split over two floors. On the ground floor there’s a small kitchenette, with cold running water and a basic selection of pots, pans and cutlery. It’s fitted with a few niceties such as toaster, kettle, fridge (no freezer) and microwave.
The main feature is the wood burning stove, which acts as both oven and heater, which will be set ready for you to light when you arrive. There are also sofas and a small dining table giving you plenty of room to relax and unwind.
Upstairs consists of an open plan sleeping area. The sleeping arrangements consist of an unbelievably comfortable king size bed, two equally comfortable single beds and a sofa bed. Goose down duvets, and hotel standard mattresses await you, and ensure you get the perfect night’s sleep.
The bathroom is situated next to the main farmhouse which is a short walk away across the single-track road. The bathroom is very well appointed, yet full of rustic charm, containing an electric shower which is on a timer, sink with cold running water and flushing toilet.
During the summer months the field opposite the bothy is also open for camping, and makes up part of the Open Gate Campsite, where guests can go wild camping in our wildflower meadow. Bothy guests are more than welcome to use the camping field for BBQ's and sunbathing if you wish, but please refrain from using the campsite toilets as these are reserved for campers only during lockdown restrictions.
The bothy sits on a working farm steading, and whilst we do our best to keep the peace and tranquillity, we have to warn people that there is a chance that there may be sheep wandering, geese honking and tractors going about the place.
We are very environmentally conscious and try to be as sustainable and low impact as possible. All of our cleaning products are eco-friendly and contain no harmful chemicals, our toilet paper is sourced from a UK company and all of our wood is sourced locally from sustainable forestry. We’re also working hard to promote nature around the farm by doing lots of small lovely things like planting wildflowers and putting up bat boxes.
Unfortunately due to the layout and location of the bothy we do not recommend it to be suitable for children under 16.
good to know
The bothy is located on a working farm, there are geese, chickens, sheep and horses living here.
The bothy is a back to basics form of accommodation with wood burning stove and cold running water.
The bathroom is outside across a single track road by the main farmhouse.
You have sole use of the entire bothy during your stay.