The Wee Lodge

A warm welcome awaits you at the small crofting township of Bracara on the north shores of Loch Morar in the West Highlands of Scotland. Nestling on the shore of Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater loch in the UK at about 300 meters, this unspoilt corner of Scotland boasts a variety of exciting things to do and a rich flora and fauna. White tailed Sea Eagle soar majestically high above the mountains of North Morar and Otters play in the mouth of the River Morar, UKs shortest river at about 1 kilometre, with the beautiful Dipper gracing the shores of both loch and river. Walk along the shore of Loch Morar along the ancient track to Tarbet on Loch Nevis. Visit the white sandy beaches of the coast and marvel at the turquoise sea akin to the Caribbean. Where better to visit and stay for a short break or a leisurely holiday Loch Morar Self Catering provides the perfect Glamping location at The Wee Lodge.

The Wee Lodge is a fully self contained, self catering Glamping pod set alone on our croft at Bracara. There are views across croft land to Loch Morar.

The perfect day out.....Loch Morar

The Wee Lodge is located on our working croft at Bracara, we have a small flock of Hebridean sheep, chickens, ducks and a Highland & a Shetland Pony. The field above the road is carefully managed to encourage a rich flora including Heath Spotted Orchid and Fragrant Orchid along with lousewort, bog asphodel, creeping willow, common butterwort, milkwort, and the ubiquitous 3 kinds of heather, Cross-leaved, Bell and Ling.

As you head east along the loch side through the township itself the working status of Bracara is clearly visible in the busy crofts. The history of the township and previously much larger population is evident in the remains of old croft houses. At the end of the tarmac road at Bracarina you cross a wooden bridge and the loch can be glimpsed up ahead through the trees. Along the track the trees dwindle and the view opens out over a pebble storm beach and a wide vista of the loch. The beach was famously used in the 1995 film Rob Roy starring Liam Neeson. Further along the track you come across the remains of the old chapel of Inverbeg built around 1780 which use to be a Sunday Mecca for worship when the population on the shores of Loch Morar was much greater than that at Mallaig before the arrival of the Railway and the boom of the fishing industry at Mallaig.

The path  now climbs up above the loch and the full majesty of Loch Morar sweeps before you, although you can still only see about half of the length of the loch, the sheer size and beauty is evident. From the top of the rise the path can be seen meandering gentle along the shore of the loch into the far distance. Lesser Butterfly Orchids and pink butterwort grace the hillside and above Loch Moraryou alpine plants such as Yellow Mountain Saxifrage and Meadow Rue grow alongside the tumbling streams that flow into the loch. As you wander along this remote and beautiful path the silence envelopes you and the true feeling of remoteness settles over you. The remains of the settlement of Brinacory are reached and Brinacory Island can be seen through the trees as you continue along the path. Further along you come across a stretch where the path has been built up on stones in the water to negotiate an overhanging cliff. As the head of Loch Morar becomes visible and the mountains tower above it, this truly remarkable loch seeps into your being. Eventually Swordlands Lodge is reached and a little further on, the track heads left through Tarbet Glen. The 6.5 mile walk along the loch ends at the tiny community of Tarbet on the shores of Loch Nevis. This neighbouring sea loch borders the Knoydart Peninsular, the rough bounds, one of the remotes communities in the country reached only by boat or on foot. From Tarbet, if you time it right, you can catch the Western Isles boat back to Mallaig cruising back along Loch Nevis for a well deserved rest and a cup of tea or something stronger with the friendly boat crew. You need to book the ferry back to Mallaig in advance so that they know to collect you. Alternatively, turn back along the Loch Morar path and see the loch from a different angle as you make your way back along the lochside to Bracara and The Wee Lodge.

May 3, 2018

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