What is now Coshieville Guest House started life as a barracks for General Wade’s soldiers when his road was being built from the Tay Bridge at Aberfeldy to Dalnacardoch.

When Taylor and Skinner mapped the roads of North Britain in 1776 (right) it was an inn.

It subsequently became the farmhouse for the farm at Coshieville and a hotel. For a time it served both roles which was how it was when the Dewar family, having sold their blacksmith business in Keltneyburn in 1932, changed careers and moved there to run the hotel and farm.

The 2nd edition O.S. map (left) has been labelled to show the use of the buildings when they were owned by the Dewars.

The only feature missing in the 1st edition O.S. Map, surveyed in 1862, was the new road west from Coshieville and its new bridge over the Keltneyburn.


Before the second half of the 19th century, huge droves passed by Coshieville on the way to the tryst at Crieff which mostly took place on the second week in October. In 1723 Macky reported the sale of 30,000 cattle at the Crieff Tryst. Many of these cattle would then be driven on to England. By the end of the 18th century, although many thousands of cattle continued to use the route by Coshieville and the Sma Glen, they would bypass Crieff and continue on to the Falkirk Tryst which had become the main centre for the cattle trade and where the number of animals sold rose to 150,000.

Droves from Skye and the Outer Isles met up, at Fort Augustus, with droves from Sutherland to reach Dalwhinnie by the Pass of Corrieyairach. There they would be joined by droves from Inverness and theNorth to travel south by the Drumochter Pass and onto Dalnacardoch where they would follow Wade's route to Trinafour, Tummel Bridge and Coshieville. At Dalwhinnie on 31 August 1723 Bishop Forbes found eight droves, 1200 beasts in all, bound for Crieff and in the Drumochter Pass a drove a mile in length with 300 more resting at the head of Loch Garry. By 1828, a Report to the Commissioners for Highland Roads and Bridges stated that almost all the cattle and sheep from the North and North West Highlands were following this route to the trysts.

From Coshieville there were two routes to Amulree from where the route went via the Sma' Glen to Crieff. Part of the cattle traffic appears to have gone by Aberfeldy and Wade's Tay Bridge, while part forded the Lyon and then the Tay at Inchadney to cross the hills to the south of Kenmore into Glen Quaich. In earlier times the reverse route by Kenmore was frequently used for driving stolen cattle from Perthshire, Stirlingshire, Kinross and Clackmannanshire into Glenlyon, Rannoch, Breadalbane, Glencoe, Appin and Lorn.

Farina Works

On the site of the current Coshieville farm buildings was a Farina potato starch mill (photo). Powered by water from the Keltneyburn it produced potato starch. There is a suggestion that the mill may have previously been a distillery and before that a meal mill.

There was also a farina mill at Derculich.

The mill probably ceased working by 1898. When the building became unsafe it was pulled down leaving a small segment of wall and the dwelling to its east.

The two farm cottages immediately to its north were subsequently combined to form one house which became the farmhouse for Coshieville farm after the hotel was sold to Mr and Mrs Lagowski.

See also; Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments

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