The first lodge, ‘Old Corrour’, was built on a mountain slope overlooking Rannoch Moor, in the Scottish Highlands, in the early 1800’s. It was reputed to be the highest occupied house in Britain and could only be reached on foot or by pony. You can still see the ruins from the Road-to-the-Isles footpath, above Loch Ossian.
The West Highland railway arrived in 1890 and the sleeper train from London to Scotland is now a well travelled route. In 1891 the then 24-year-old Sir John Stirling Maxwell, a scion of one of Scotland’s oldest families, bought Corrour. He built a new lodge on Loch Ossian in 1897. He was passionate about trees and flora and helped establish the Forestry Commission in 1919. Sir John also planted Corrour’s renowned rhododendron gardens.
Guests were met at the station by horse-drawn carriage and taken to what is now Loch Ossian Youth Hostel, which was then a stable. There, they transferred to the steam yacht ‘Cailleach’ (the Old Lady) which took them in style to the jetty below the lodge. The lodge was destroyed by fire in 1942. It was replaced by a small, shingle-clad bungalow.
The current owners bought the estate in 1995. They built a new lodge, designed by Moshe Safdie, which was finished in 2003. It is a rare example of first-class twentieth-century architecture in Scotland. Built of granite, steel and glass, it is set between the surviving arms of its Victorian predecessor on the bank of Loch Ossian. The lodge’s geometric composition echoes the grandeur of its surrounds; pyramidal glass towers connect it with the wilderness beyond. A very different style to the traditional Scottish Highland castles.
Dining at Corrour Lodge
A warm welcome awaits all our guests. Our lodge managers look forward to hosting you and ensuring that you have a memorable stay. We pride ourselves on our world-class food, made from local produce. David and Lynne will work closely with you to tailor every element of your stay.
Whilst Corrour Lodge is without doubt one of the most unique homes in the Scottish Highlands, it is the human touch which truly sets aside the Lodge experience. From the moment you arrive you will experience a genuine warmth of hospitality unmatched by our peers. There will be no need to venture to any of the Scottish Highland cities to eat during your stay at Corrour Lodge.
Food & Drink
We pride ourselves on our world-class food, made from local produce
Pretend you are lost in a magical forest as you perch on a log or curl up in the swinging chair. Soak in the tub, then fall asleep in a heavenly bedroom with cloud-painted walls and twinkling lights.