Writing Retreat

Would you like to spend a week focusing on your writing in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands? This writing retreat might be just the thing you were looking for…

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lesser Wearie Writing Retreat is currently unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience and will update this page when we can. 

Secluded Writing Retreat in the foothills of the Highlands

Lesser Wearie is a new build free standing studio for single occupancy with excellent bathroom/kitchen facilities, underfloor heating and a small wood burning stove. It is close to Kirkmichael in Highland Perthshire.

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This offer is exclusive to Scottish PEN members who wish to develop writing projects. Annie, the owner of the cottage, has a long history of working with refugees and asylum seekers and also has a deep enthusiasm and love for the arts, especially writing. She would therefore like to offer this cottage for the use of Scottish PEN members, who support the organisations’s vital work.

The cost of use is £50 per week, for single occupancy (plus a returnable £20 deposit). Writers may choose to pay more than this fee as a donation to Scottish PEN.

Residents must provide their own transport to and from Lesser Wearie. For public transport, the nearest train station is at Pitlochry, and from there it is a 20-minute taxi ride to the studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately you may not bring along any pets to this studio. This is a single occupancy working studio – please do not bring any other residents with you. If your circumstances require you to have somebody else stay for some or all of the time you are at Lesser Wearie, please contact us before making these arrangements. Thank you.

Some basic comestibles are on site, but residents must provide their own food, catering and provisions during their stay. There is a two-ring electric hob and a microwave that is also an oven. There is WiFi, but poor mobile reception.

The studio is in a small birch grove surrounded by fields. It’s a new ecologically responsible building, warm and comfortable with lovely views.

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There is a large bed/sitting/work room, small kitchen/dining room, and modern shower room. There is underfloor heating and a small wood burning stove (wood provided). When guests arrive the bed is made, towels provided, laundry and cleaning done when they leave. There is a good village shop about a mile away, a freezer to keep food for the week, and a fridge.

Any breakables or damage to the property must be paid for by the resident.

Bookings can be made through the Scottish PEN office by emailing info@scottishpen.org with the subject line “Writers’ Retreat”. Requests for use will be treated on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability of the studio. Please note that Scottish PEN staff work part-time – we aim to respond to queries within 5 working days.

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