Remote Lunch Bothy, Highland Estate

Client calls on BID's planning expertise to deliver a bespoke lunch stop for shooting parties.


We were instructed by an existing client to provide planning and design advise for a new lunch bothy on a remote Highland Estate. The bothy would provide all year round shelter for family and estate workers managing the moorland. It would also be made available to grouse shooting parties in the season. The new bothy would provide the opportunity to better cater for paying guests, generating additional income for the Estate and additional local employment opportunities.


We agreed a suitable location with the client and designed a simple and secure wood structure which was accessible via existing hill tracks. There was no requirement for connection to services. We submitted a planning application supported by a reasoned justification for the new bothy which, as the use included a shooting bothy, did not benefit from agricultural permitted development rights.



Planning permission was granted with the statutory timescale of eight weeks and our success led onto further requests from new clients and owners of Highland Estates for Bell Ingram Design to advise on new and replacement bothy buildings.

Catherine Newton

Planning Consultant
Tel: 01738 621 121

Lauren Livingston

Architectural Technologist
Tel: 01307 462 516

Article posted on 05/08/2020

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