The Traditional Scottish Box Bed

Many of our visitors to Ghillie’s Bothy have enjoyed the novelty of sleeping in the enclosed bed.

Traditional Scottish Box Bed
Traditional Scottish Box 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:

Ghillie’s box-bed has been modernised to make it large enough to fit a double mattress, 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.


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