Bothy: Glencoul

Grid Ref: LR15: NC 271 304

Location: Northern Highlands

R Barton

R Barton

Estate ask visitors to phone first if intending to visit during the stalking season, Aug 12 to Oct 20.
Only driftwood may be available locally
Reay Forest Estate, 01971 502220.

Glendhu/Glencoul- work in progress (posted January 2018).

Kylestrome Estate are in process of fencing off an area of land below the path climbing out of Glencoul in the direction of Glendhu to allow native woodlands to regenerate. Some of this work will be very close to the path and machinery may be operating, however, the path will remain open to walkers at all times. Users are requested to cooperate with any requests given to them by the workforce.

First published in the December 2004 Newsletter by Michael Benn

The last inhabitants of Glenncoul came out in the 1950s. The large house was where the keeper lived and the bothy was actually the school, with direct access at the back of the keeper’s house. It is possible to get to the bothy on the south side of the loch from Unapool, but there is only one path through the rockface and there have been serious accidents to people attempting this route. Main access to the house was by water. The path from Glencoul to Glendhu was a stalking ┬ápath to the top of the ridge where the path stops. There is then a gap and then a deer track running along the south side of the Glendhu. This is the route followed in the past and today by ponies bringing deer carcass out.


“The door handle seems awfy loose. Trying to get back in after watering the roses was a bit of a panic – I had visions of being locked out all night. Otherwise in good nick”

Bothy Features

  • Fuel scarce
  • Open fire

Bothy Gallery

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Bothy Map


Bothies in the Northern Highlands

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