Waters Cottage


Waters Cottage is the FRCC’s hut in the Kinlochleven area – it was the first of the club’s Scottish huts.

Grid Ref: NN 183617
Address: Waters Cottage, Garbhein Road, Kinlochleven, PH50 4SE

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Nearest Telephone/Mobile Connection

Mobile phone reception is good at Waters Cottage. There is a payphone outside the post office in town, 3 minutes walk from the hut.

Facilities in the area

Kinlochleven is on the West Highland Way, a long distance footpath from Milngavie in Glasgow to Fort William, and has various amenities including several pubs, a Co-op, and fish and chip shop. As wet weather alternatives, the old aluminium smelter houses the Ice Factor, an indoor climbing facility including the world’s largest indoor ice climbing wall as well as a traditional indoor rock climbing wall. There is also a museum in the visitor centre showing how the village developed around the aluminium smelting industry.

There is a bus service (44) from Kinlockleven, passing through Glencoe, to Fort William. Times may also be checked on the Traveline Scotland and Stagecoach Highlands websites.

Climbing and Walking

Waters Cottage forms an ideal base for walking or climbing in the Western Highlands with easy access to the Mamores, the Glen Coe hill and Ben Nevis.


Waters Cottage was purchased by the FRCC in 1990 as a former police station (the ladies shower is now in the old cell). It was bought partly using a legacy gifted to the club by Chris Waters for £40,350.

When the club took ownership, the Civil Defence Building (CDB) was separate from the main hut and not heated. In 2000, the club built the “link” to incorporate the CDB into the main hut (again, using part of a legacy from Mollie Hyde-Parker), and this now houses the main male accommodation.