Colmeallie Bothy

Brechin, Angus
+44 (0)1356 670280

A 19th-century bothy in remote, rugged countryside on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, for walkers, birders and seekers of peace


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

It’s just you, two other houses, some Neolithic standing stones (the most northerly in the country) plus oyster catchers, curlews, lapwings, partridges and pheasants. From the front door you can only see one other building in the far distance. There’s no formal garden as such, you step straight out into sheep-spotted countryside, but there’s a little table and two chairs out here for warmer days and magnificent nature gazing.

Inside is cosy: deep windowsills, a sitting room with lots of books and original art – oils and watercolours by Anna’s father – and a wood-burner to cheer (first basket of logs provided). The kitchen next door has the most lovely views from the window; you’ll find milk, tea and coffee but you need to bring everything else for food. Stock up in Edzell, seven miles away, which also has a good fish and chip shop and decent pubs for food.

Walking is sublime and the North Esk river runs nearby for a paddle.

Colmeallie Bothy - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The remote wild beauty and the beguiling standing stones
  • Walking all day in such stunning countryside and returning to sit by the wood-burner with a book
  • The absence of any noise apart from birdsong and the sheep
Colmeallie Bothy - Gallery

You should know

  • The washing machine is in an outhouse
  • No mobile signal but WiFi is good
  • There's no wardrobe in the bedroom


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £350
1 Cottage for 2
From £501 bedroom


We had a wonderful stay at The Bothy – only wish we had longer to enjoy the peaceful surroundings! We spent our days walking, and would especially recommend Loch Lee to Unich Falls....The wood stove was perfect to relax to after each day’s outing, and the kitchen had everything we needed for home-cooked meals. Anna was very thoughtful about making sure the cottage was clean and safe, helping us get out of the city for the first time since COVID arrived. With appreciation and anticipation of our next visit.

Devon, Edinburgh

Come for the peace and the views, the freshest air, long walks without meeting a soul and the wonderful birdlife.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're in the Angus Glens, right on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park - it's a thrilling drive over Cairn o' Mount and on clear days you can see right down to the Fife coast from the top. Hire bikes in Edzell and cycle for miles without seeing another soul. Further afield there are gardens to visit - Dunninald is gorgeous. Glamis Castle is a 35-minute drive and Lunan Bay, 40 minutes, has a wide sandy beach.

Local points of interest from Anna Henderson

  • Not far up Glen Esk, Colmeallie Bothy boasts the most northerly Neolithic standing stones right outside the front door.
  • The village of Edzell – the Jewel in the Crown of Angus – is only seven miles away. You can even get fresh fish on a Tuesday.
  • For some adventure, you can try Paddle-Boarding or Rock Climbing near Montrose, or further down the coast, enjoy the beautiful beach at Lunan Bay. Or play golf at Edzell’s two fabulous courses (18 and 9 hole).
  • At the top of Glen Esk, walk up Mount Keen, one of Scotland's Munros, or stroll round Loch Lee, where you will see amazing wildlife. Enjoy a lovely walk to the Queen’s Well, a memorial to Queen Victoria who drank from the well on her way to Balmoral.
  • Angus is home to some beautiful gardens and castles: Dunninald Castle Gardens, Pitmuies Gardens, Edzell Castle, Glamis Castle, House of Dun, to name but a few. Not forgetting our very own V&A Dundee, which, about an hour away, is well worth a visit.
  • Enjoy delicious pub and seafood at Catterline’s Creel Inn; or try The Drover’s Inn near Forfar for tasty food and wine. In Edzell, The Panmure Arms Hotel (aka The Panny) serves great pub grub. Or you could sample local gin at the Gin Bothy in Glamis.


Anna Henderson

Anna, a jewellery-maker, is originally from Fife and her husband John from Ayrshire. They fell in love with the wonderful countryside here and built their own house just up the hill from the bothy - they're probably the only people you will see passing now and then by car and they are around if you need them but otherwise will leave you be.