Kearvaig memories

An old house is filled with memories, and many bothies are no exception. This message was scrawled on plasterboard at Kearvaig, by the front window in the ‘side school’. During recent renovations we renewed all the windows at Kearvaig and it was necessary to disturb much of the surrounding plasterboard, but before work began Mrs Nicholl’s historical notes were carefully photographed. They remain on display in the bothy.

“Visited by R W Nicoll on the 11th September 1966 whose father Edward John McCallum was born here on the 9th August 1862 and her Grandfather before him, Robert McCallum who was here before the lighthouse was built.
My Grandfather Robert McCallum had the farm at Sheigra before it was broken up in 1912 where I was born”

– Mrs R W Nicoll

In more recent times bothy books have replaced the bothy walls as a place for writing notes intended for other visitors. This website can bring interesting entries to a wider audience and submissions are welcome. Please don’t send the whole book! A copy of the entry will do.

Entry from the Bothy Log Book (30/07/07)

“My great-great grandfather, John McCallum & his family lived here during the 1840’s & 50’s. They also lived at Daill, the house close to the Kyle at the Bridge. The families, 3 girls & 6 boys …… All reaching adulthood except for one. Three boys went to Australia. One of the men later moved to Shegra. There is some writing on the wall in the little room with reference to this. One of the boys became a fisherman after spending some time at Balnekeil.(the other boy died) The girls married and lived in the area. Kitty married a McCloud, a shepherd & lived here. Babara married a McKay & moved to the Scourie area, Hughie married a MacInnes & also moved Scourie/Oldshore more area. Members of all these families have spread all over the world – there are many.This is my fourth visit and it still hits me in the same way. Magical!”

Elizabeth Redmond Victoria, Australia

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