History

Past
For centuries Tigh-na-Bruaich was part of Clan Chisholm lands until the estate was sold in 1935 to Baron and Baroness Stackelberg who lived there until 1963 when the now widowed Baroness Phyllis Stackelberg sold on the estate.

 

When Baroness Stackelberg sold on Erchless Estate she excluded Tigh-na-Bruaich cottage and its grounds from the sale, retaining full ownership for herself. The reason she supposedly gave was that, out of the whole 1200 acres of this Estate, she found Tigh-na-Bruaich to be a special place of quiet beauty and tranquillity. She resided here until 1973 when she eventually retired to nearby Teanassie House and sold Tigh-na-Bruaich to Mrs Linda Christie.

 

Mrs Christie lived here for 37 years and during that time used Tigh-na-Bruaich as a retreat for her clients to whom she offered a counselling and therapy service and a place where they could get away from the stresses of everyday life.  In 2010 Mrs Christie decided to retire and sell Tigh-na-Bruaich in order to spend more time with her daughter.  

 

For myself and how I came to own Tigh-na-Bruaich, well I was born and grew up in the USA and moved to the U.K. with my parents back in 1984. I discovered Scotland through meeting my future husband who introduced me to this wonderful country. I have lived in Edinburgh for over 15 years now but my passion is to visit the wilder and remoter parts of Scotland trekking, climbing and wild camping. It reminds me in many ways of Northern Minnesota (even down to the midges!) where I spent many a happy summer on my grandparents small farm.

 

For the past 5 years I have been looking for a property in just the right location to set up as a holiday letting business. I wanted a place that was more than just accommodation but one that also reflected and highlighted the special qualities that I have come to know during my travels through the Scottish Highlands. I believe that with Tigh-na-Bruaich and Fern Cottage I have found this.

 

 

Present
We have spent the past year upgrading the property but always with great care not to take way from its special character. We significantly upgraded the access to the grounds and allowed for parking, yet the mature beech trees on the southern border ensure that the cottages still remain well hidden from the road. Also, we have deliberately left the small birch woodland to the North of the property untouched to allow you to explore the wilder areas of the grounds. There is a small foot-bridge crossing the burn on the east border of the grounds that allows you to go out through a gate opening out onto miles upon miles of of pathless wilderness to the North of Tigh-na-Bruaich.

 

The variety of wildlife that can be found within these grounds are a testament to the bio-diversity of this small piece of land. Since starting work on these grounds we have seen: pine martens, deer (both red and roe), badgers, bats, buzzards, woodcock, tawny owls, cuckoos, goldcrests, woodpeckers, common lizards, slow worms, dragonflies and many other fauna natural to the area.

 

 

Future
Our work at Tigh-na-Bruaich is far from over as it is our intention to open up and revitalise the area along the burn which has become overgrown and clogged over the years with the debris washing down from the hills above. When we eventually carry out this work our primary consideration will be benefiting the resident flora and fauna, for as long as this small piece of land is under our ownership and care we will do our utmost to ensure it remains that special place that all the previous owners down through the years have recognised.  

 

Finally, I hope that if you do decide to stay at Fern or Tigh-na-Bruaich Cottages that you too will find this a place of special tranquillity and beauty to enjoy your holiday.

 

Mary McDade

(June 2012)