Many of our visitors to Ghillie’s Bothy have enjoyed the novelty of sleeping in the enclosed bed.
In Supplement to the Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language Volume 1 by John Jamieson published in 1825 the box bed is described thus:
“BOX-BED, s, A bed, in which the want of a roof, curtains &c. is entirely supplied by wood. It is enclosed on all sides except the front, where two sliding pannels are used as doors.”
More about the history of the box-bed can be found on this website: http://www.oldandinteresting.com/box-beds.aspx
Ghillie’s box-bed has been modernised to make it large enough to fit a double matrass, the original was about six inches narrower. It’s a great place to relax and watch the T.V. or the flames in the stove in the evening.