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the concept

Glen Dye is a private estate of around 30,000 acres and our cabins and cottages sit slap bang at its centre, surrounded by wilderness forest and moorland on the banks of the River Dye. The location is fabled; watched over by the massive granite tor of Clachnaben and at the northern end of the Cairn o Mount mountain pass. This is where the Howe of the Mearns finally gives in to the Highland boundary fault; wild, beautiful and very, very quiet.

We have two perfect holiday cottages each with outdoor, woodfired hot tubs and one with its own private cabin. We have also converted the old estate sawmill into a private outdoors paradise; here you’ll find a 1955 Airstream with a giant bed, a fully restored foresters’ kitchen and sitting room, a spectacular outdoor shower and a woodfired hot tub. These cabins and cottages combine jaw dropping wild locations with perfect comfort and style.


North Lodge & River Cabin

Glen Dye - North Lodge

Built in the late 1890s this semi-detached house was originally home to the caretakers who tended  Glen Dye Lodge. Venture along a private footpath that winds its way alongside the river and the Summerhouse, and you will find the River Cabin and your own outdoor haven.

No 4 Steading Cottage

Glen Dye - No 4 Steading Cottage

This semi-detached house was designed by Young Architects of the Year NORD in 2012 as part of a full conversion of a set of then derelict Victorian farm buildings. It is heated by a central wood chip burner and was built to a strong aesthetic and environmental brief.

The Sawmill at Glen Dye

Glen Dye - The Sawmill

The ultimate outdoors retreat. You will sleep in a giant bed in a fully refurbished 1955 Airstream Safari caravan nestling in a small pine wood beside the sawmill’s fast flowing lade and a few metres away from your kitchen, dining and sitting room in a wonderful 1800s wooden building.

No 5 Steading Cottage

Glen Dye - No 5 Steading Cottage

This semi-detached house sleeps seven. No detail has been overlooked to make this a great holiday home, and for larger parties No4 & No5 are perfect to hire together creating an amazing combination of spaces to suit all ages.