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Blackhouse Forest and surrounding area is steeped in myth and legend and has contributed to the cultural and literary life of Scotland.


The current owners acquired the estate in 2018 and have worked to upgrade it while understanding the historical importance of the place – it once formed part of the great Ettrick Forest, where

Scotland’s kings hunted deer.


Work developing the estate lodge has been sympathetically undertaken to take it from the former rustic family escape to something more luxurious and sustainable.


We don’t farm the land but are always pleased to see the sheep and Luing

cattle as we drive up to the estate from the main road, through our neighbour’s farm. Here too is a part of history – James Hogg (the Ettrick Shepherd) lived at the cottage beside the forest

road which leads up to Blackhouse.


History buffs are able to glimpse Blackhouse Tower (now a ruin) which was a

stronghold of James ‘The Good’, Captain, friend & loyal supporter of Robert the


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