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our house; our landscape; our heritage

we are a 'house of many rooms' in a beautiful Highland landscape, a place of adventure, rest and revival

a house of many rooms

a short tour of the grounds
Originally a Hunting Lodge, Craig Lodge is now a family house of prayer that seeks to welcome those who are 'hunting' for the Lord, thirsty and hungry to know him better. Our grounds, nestled in Glen Orchy and surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains, provide a number of beautiful 'rooms,' both indoor and outdoor, in which to discover God's presence - be it through communal worship in the Chapel in the House; a quiet moment of personal prayer in the Oasis of Peace; a walk in the Wood; in the ascent of the Hill and the Way of the Cross marked on the way up; in the atmosphere of charity given by the presence of the Mary's Meals Shed on site; or even in the appreciation of creation in the gardens and in our small poly-tunnel, where Mary-Anne grows all sorts of beautiful and sometimes strange flowers.
the lodge
Our very own Craig Lodge - a house of many rooms and many additions over time. It is really like several houses curiously joined up.
the dell
The foundations of an historic lime-kiln, this is a round space which we use for campfires during retreats.
the polytunnel
Here many different species of beautiful flowers are grown; you will see these flowers appear around the house and on the altars.
statue of our lady of fatima
This statue is positioned near the place where a Marian apparition occurred many years ago.
the oasis of peace
An old Hunting Shed which now houses a larger-than-life Cross; it is a peaceful place of prayer tucked away in the Wood.
the wood
A small wood near the Lodge; the perfect place to run about as a child (or care-free adult), the wood has faery-tale-like qualities.
the mary's meal shed
"The Shed that fed a million children" - this is the shed that started Mary's Meals, right on our doorstep. Learn more here.
the way of the cross
Calum marked the Stations of the Cross on the path up the Hill, which has a large cross at its summit and can be seen for many miles.
grandads tractor
If you spend any time at Craig Lodge, you will occasionally notice Calum whizzing about on his grey tractor.
stay with us
come and experience Craig Lodge
We welcome pilgrims or anyone wishing to come and stay for a short time and take part in our daily life. You can find out more and book a bed below:
stay with craig lodge

our history

How does a house, a village, a community come about?
The story of Dalmally’s origins could be explained by the brooding presence of Kilchurn Castle, standing guard at the head of Loch Awe. This garrison, built by the Campbells in the 17th century after besting the MacGregors, required skills and supplies; stone masons, farmers, cooks, armourers, horses, musicians and story tellers and much more would have been needed. And so people settled nearby because the castle provided a livelihood.

But go back earlier still, before the fortress, and the place is called Clachan Dysart –  ‘the place of a saint’s retreat’.  It suggests a monk had his hermitage here.  And records mention a church and a well with healing waters that attracted pilgrims from across the country.  Early kings may well be buried in the churchyard along with clansmen and soldiers and all the people who have called these glens home through the centuries. May they all rest in peace.

We do know the mighty Campbell clan, builders of castles and acquirers of land, grew in strength and influence. And as Scotland became a more peaceful place they used their wealth to build useful things like bridges, inns and shooting lodges, like Craig Lodge.  Like the village itself, Craig Lodge has altered and grown and been adapted over the years to meet the different needs of different eras.  Rooms were added to the original simple house to accommodate shooting parties who came to stay during the deer stalking season or for the salmon fishing.  Now this "house of many rooms" is given over to God, who alone is our stronghold, and it is a place of retreat, where pilgrims of all kinds can encounter the healing touch of the Lord.
"God makes all things work together for good"
Romans 8:28