Two Go Ghost Hunting At Ben Alder Cottage

Having suffered from a nasty, chesty, coughy virus for the last 3 or 4 weeks, my fitness levels feel they have diminished somewhat. Unfortunately, this has also had a negative effect on poor Pebbles, so consequently, we felt that the short walk into Ben Alder Cottage was just fine for us. This was an enjoyable 8 miles from the west end of Loch Rannoch, with of course the same 8 miles back the next day.


It was only the second time that Pebbles has carried her panniers too, so I didn’t want to tire her out.


She was a little star. She does hate rain however, so when we were bombarded with some of the nasty, wind-driven stuff ย for a while, she insisted I put her rain coat on her.


There were a couple of forestry plantations to go through, before being hit by magnificent views opening out in front of us.


A path is followed alongside the loch for a while, before this eventually disappears, and you then sort your own route through some trees for the last mile.


Eventually, this bridge near the cottage comes into view.



Dixie would have hated this. She didn’t like to be able to see air underneath her toes, never mind have gaps large enough that her paws could fall through, but Pebbles practically leapt onto it, dragging me with her.

The cottage was empty when we got there.




I had fully intended for us to spend the night in there, but the weather really was so nice it seemed criminal to set up camp inside a dark, dingy, building.

We found a nice spot for the tent.

And before anyone thinks, ‘What a wuss!’ having grown up in a haunted farmhouse, where spooky sights, sounds and even scents were the norm, I’m not really that easily spooked.




The evening passed very pleasantly in the warm sunshine and whilst I can’t say for certain that anything ghostly happened, around 10pm I did suddenly hear what sounded like very faint music and singing in the distance. Like a raucous party in a pub. It only lasted 5 minutes or so and could have been anything, but it certainly wasn’t frightening.

Nevertheless, a good sleep was had and Pebbles loved her new bed.



We awoke the next morning to ice on Pebbles’ drinking water, but gorgeous blue skies and sunshine, quickly warming everything up.

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A leisurely breakfast saw us packed up and setting off back at 10ish.

The wander back was idyllic and a couple of lunch stops were had along the loch side.




And about 3 miles away from the van, Geoff and Islay came bouncing along in the sunshine to meet us and walk along together for the last section.

Which was nice.


27 thoughts on “Two Go Ghost Hunting At Ben Alder Cottage

  1. Pebbles doesn’t like rain! Sensible dog. Don’t blame you for camping. I much prefer sleeping in a tent. Lovely little bimble.


    1. No, she gets quite upset if it’s driving rain, in particular!
      I’m not really sure if I’m a bothy kind of person to be honest. In fact, if I’m not in my tent, I rather like a bit of 5 star luxury ๐Ÿ˜


  2. Fantastic stuff! That is a lovely area too. Have wandered around there a few times. Looks as if you have started off your Scottish sojourn in good weather too. Cracking photos as well.


        1. Hi Rob, sorry I didn’t pick your comment up earlier, we’re travelling around and the data handling on the phone isn’t always good enough. The bed is called a Noblecamper. Put it in Google and it should come up straight away. It came from the States and isn’t cheap, but is brill. In a small compression sack it fits in one side of Pebbles’ panniers. I got a size medium for Pebbles.


          1. Many thanks for the info. I had looked at Noblecamper, and like you rightly say they are expensive. However I just dont think there is anything else like it on the market, especially as it needs to provide insulation/warmth and pack down. Apologies for double post I thought it hadnt gone through. Hope the weather is kind with you all now. Best wishes


            1. We came to the conclusion that there was nothing else available like it either! Incidentally, our other dog (choccy lab) tried it out recently, too. She also loved it! ๐Ÿ˜‚


  3. It is a nice spot. I was there in 2011 when they were building that large track. I was camped on the other side of the loch (having done the 4 Munros west of Drumocter and walked x-country to my campsite) and woke up in the morning to the sound of heavy machinery which rather spoilt things. That said I was impressed by the situation of the bothy (and the 3 cans of been I found in it!).


  4. Nice pictures and a great walk out, you picked one hell of a spot to camp.

    Been reading not commenting for while now and always brings a smile to my face how Pebbles carries her own load, very cute.


    1. Hi Darren, thanks very much for commenting! Only just picked the comment up as data handling has been a bit hit and miss travelling round the Highlands.
      Of course I am biased, but I definitely agree that Pebbles is very cute! She’s doing well with her panniers although I’m not sure I’ll put more weight in than she’s already been carrying. I still carry all her food and I think her bed and pyjamas are possibly enough for her! ๐Ÿ˜€


  5. I’ve heard a few ghostly tales of Ben Alder cottage as well. Like you, not a huge bothy fan other than the real darkest of winters. Nothing wrong with 5* comfort either


    1. Hi Andy just got 4G again and picked up your comment. Yes, think I might Google some of those ghostly stories now I’ve actually been there!
      Just spent a night in Glen Ey too and apparently the ruins there are also haunted, but nobody told me that till after I’d been… ๐Ÿ˜‚


      1. If you mean down at Altanour, I think there’s definitely quite an atmosphere. I’d love to spend the night down there – one of my favourite spots. My Dad thinks the cairn just outside the ruin is a ‘gathering cairn’ – one where the outgoing clan fighters all put a stone in a heap and only the ones who came back removed their stone so the left-over pile is all those who didn’t make it…


  6. I seem to be the opposite to many here – I much prefer a bothy. Nice fireside, you can walk about a bit, there’s the chance of meeting interesting people (although I’m sure they’d still speak to you if you were camping outside) and a gale during the night wouldn’t bother me. Never been that end of the loch – looks a lovely spot.

    Not sure how I appear to have missed this post earlier?


      1. Bothying is especially good in cold weather or wet weather because you get warmth and dry clothes from the fire. Of course, the fire consumables are extra to hump in but probably balanced by the weight of not having a tent

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  7. Views are stunning Chrissie. The closest I’ve been is Tummel Bridge and a wee visit to the Queens View. This is why we’ve decided to get more mobile by foot. So we can get to see wee gems like this.


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