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Last updated: 24/05/17


Muir Cottage

The Club hut, known as Muir of Inverey, is situated on the north side of the Linn of Dee road, some 8 kilometres west of Braemar, about  1 kilometre beyond the bridge over the River Ey, shortly before the road comes to the river (OS grid reference 076896), see map at bottom of page.
It is available for use by Club members and guests accompanying them, by members of other recognised mountaineering clubs, with whom it is much in demand throughout the year, and also by 50+ groups and special needs groups.

The Club has had the use of Muir Cottage for some sixty years, beginning with a lease of the original stone cottage. In 1971 it became possible to purchase the site through the generosity of a former Club member, Dr. George A. Taylor, who on his death in 1965 had bequeathed to the Club a quarter of the residue of his estate. The cottage was then considerably expanded by the construction of a substantial timber extension for the sleeping accommodation and toilet/washroom facilities, with the old toilet/washroom becoming a kitchen. In 2004, with funding from Cairngorm Leader Plus, Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council, Awards for All, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, and other donors including Club members, alterations were undertaken to allow use of the cottage by disabled persons and to form a larger better equipped kitchen.

The accommodation comprises a common room in the original stone building, a kitchen in a side extension, and four bedrooms, three washrooms (all with a shower cubicle, and one equipped for disabled users), a members’ room, and a drying room in the wooden extension. The kitchen is equipped with two electric cookers (4-ring ceramic hobs with ovens below), two microwaves, two kettles, two toasters, a plumbed-in hot water dispenser, a large larder refrigerator, a large fridge-freezer and a wide range of utensils, crockery and cutlery. The common room has a woodburning stove. Other space heating, water heating and cooking is by electricity.

The bedrooms are for 6, 6, 4 and 2 persons in two-tiered bunks, and each washroom has a shower cubicle. The member's room contains four beds normally reserved for use by members even when the 18 bedroom places have been booked by non-members. The bunks are equipped with mattresses, mattress covers, pillows and ample blankets, but these must be used with sleeping bags or top sheets and pillowcases. For the bedroom heating 20p coins are needed for the prepayment meters.

New bunks

Members and visitors are expected on departure to leave Muir secure and with electric appliances turned off EXCEPT THAT the fridges should always be left on and in winter the panel heaters in the kitchen and washrooms should be left on at a low setting by way of frost protection. The water and electricity main switches should NEVER be turned off on departure. Users should take all of their refuse away with them; most recyclables can be disposed of at the recycling bins at Inverey.

Enquiries about availability and booking applications must be made to David Kirk, the Muir Booking Secretary:
Weekends tend to become well booked as much as a year ahead, often more, so early booking is advised.  Prospective users who cannot secure a weekend booking are encouraged to think of midweek bookings, which could be as much as Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive.

If you have booked Muir Cottage please download the notes required for your stay by clicking here

Charges are currently £5 a night for members and £12 a night for others, except where reductions apply.  Special needs groups and 50+ groups based in Aberdeen City or Aberdeenshire qualify for a 50% reduction.  There is no charge for children under 5 accompanying member parents;  otherwise children under age 16 qualify for a 50% reduction. Those taking children accept responsibility for the safety and welfare of the children, and for the avoidance of disturbance to other visitors present.

Bookings and payments should be made to the Muir Booking Secretary, who will provide a note of the code for the keybox shortly before the arrival date booked for.

The cottage is also available for day use to members and their guests accompanying them, the charge being £2.50 per person. Day use should be booked in the same way as overnight use.

The use of tents and dormobile-type accommodation within the precincts or on nearby ground is not permitted. Animals are not permitted within the building.

During the deer and grouse shooting seasons, any questions about access can be referred to – for the Mar Estate Ian Campbell, Pinewood, Inverey (01339 741368); for the Mar Lodge Estate one of the rangers at Mar Lodge (0844 493 2173 or 2172).

Mobile telephone reception at Muir Cottage can be iffy. Some networks definitely reach parts of the grounds of Muir but others generally do not. Even the ones which do reach occasionally seem to have off days and rarely give a signal inside the building. Just over a kilometre away, close to the bridge over the Ey, there is a public telephone which has not been closed or converted to card only use like many others on Deeside, but it too does not always work as it should (eg rejecting perfectly good coins).
There is however mobile reception in Braemar and there are other public telephones there.

A large number of hills are within close proximity to Muir Cottage. Within 12 miles, as the crow flies Eagle soars there are 37 Munros, 8 Corbetts and a Graham.

Hill Height Type Distance from Muir
Creag Bhalg 668m Graham 1.3 miles
Morrone 859m Corbett 3.1 miles
Carn na Drochaide 818m Corbett 3.9 miles
Carn Bhac 946m Munro 4.3 miles
Sgor Mor 813m Corbett 5.0 miles
Beinn Bhreac 931m Munro 5.1 miles
Creag nan Gabhar 834m Corbett 5.5 miles
An Socach 944m Munro 5.9 miles
Carn a’Mhaim 1037m Munro 6.6 miles
Beinn Iutharn Mhor 1045m Munro 6.7 miles
Derry Cairngorm 1155m Munro 6.8 miles
Carn Aosda 917m Munro 7.0 miles
Beinn a’Bhuird 1197m Munro 7.0 miles
Carn Liath 862m Corbett 7.3 miles
The Devil’s Point 1004m Munro 7.6 miles
Beinn a’Chaorainn 1083m Munro 7.8 miles
Carn an Tuirc 1019m Munro 7.9 miles
Carn a’Gheoidh 975m Munro 8.0 miles
Cairnwell 933m Munro 8.1 miles
Beinn Bhrotain 1157m Munro 8.2 miles
Carn an Righ 1029m Munro 8.3 miles
Ben Avon 1171m Munro 8.3 miles
Carn an t’Sagairt Mor 1047m Munro 8.3 miles
Ben Macdui 1309m Munro 8.3 miles
Beinn Mheadhoin 1182m Munro 8.5 miles
Glas Tulaichean 1051m Munro 8.5 miles
Cairn Toul 1291m Munro 8.9 miles
Culardoch 900m Corbett 9.0 miles
Cairn of Claise 1064m Munro 9.1 miles
Carn a Choire Boidheach 1110m Munro 9.3 miles
Monadh Mor 1113m Munro 9.5 miles
Glas Maol 1068m Munro 9.5 miles
Sgor an Lochan Uaine 1258m Munro 9.5 miles
Cairn Bannoch 1012m Munro 9.6 miles
Creag Mhor 895m Corbett 9.8 miles
Tolmount 958m Munro 9.8 miles
An Sgarsoch 1006m Munro 10.0 miles
Lochnagar 1155m Munro 10.1 miles
Creag Leachach 987m Munro 10.2 miles
Cairngorm 1244m Munro 10.3 miles
Tom Buidhe 957m Munro 10.4 miles
Braeriach 1296m Munro 10.4 miles
Ben Gulabin 806m Corbett 10.7 miles
Broad Cairn 998m Munro 10.9 miles
Bynack More 1090m Munro 10.9 miles
Carn an Fhidleir 994m Munro 11.6 miles

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