Blackwater Inn

The Blackwater Inn was opened in 1985 by Ivy Bailey and her family. It has now closed. Hear Ivy’s story here, and to see some old brochures for the inn click here.

Exterior of Inn in the summer.
In the 1960s, 15-20 years before the Inn opened, the building was a garage which had a cafe called The Haggis Trap.
Illustrated front side of a postcard-sized advertisement for Blackwater Inn.
The dining room
Snug Bar, Blackwater Inn. Ivy Bailey (right) and sisters, c.1990.
Ivy Bailey
A night of traditional music. Jim Petrie (left, fiddle); Jim Fairweather (right, accordion)
A packed Blackwater Inn watching a performance. Ivy says that people sometimes couldn't get through the doors, they were so full.
The band Texas Moon, plus Ivy's son Allan on a New Year's Eve at Blackwater.
A biker/ski group that regularly visited the Inn when they came to Glenshee.
Exterior of the Blackwater Inn.
This page was added by Sally Gingell on 11/11/2013.

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  • I was owner of The Glenshee Inn 1982 to 1984.
    Sold it to the Texan and wife one of you mentioned. I met them again in 2019 and they’ve never been able to renovate the Inn again. One of my girls were born while I was living there, she’s now 37.

    By Muriel (20/09/2021)
  • Nikki, if you google Glenshee Inn under
    There is a picture of your Dad outside the hotel with some of us. That was in 1977.

    By Marj (15/04/2021)
  • To Marj, yes Ron and Elaine owned the Glenshee Inn 70’s and early 80’s and Dave D had the shop next door

    By Nikki (07/02/2021)
  • My parents owned the Blackwater Inn which they renamed the Gen Shee Inn from early 70’s to early 80’s I think some of these pics are from their times there, they had regular folk & music nights

    By Nikki (07/02/2021)
  • Spent many happy times at the blackwater inn in the late seventies, with my wife Linda a d two young children. We came up the last week in October for six or seven years, staying at dalnaglar castle. Fond memories of Ivy Tom who introduced me a low flyer drink,( wild turkey). Hope you are keeping well. Brian Linda Swift.

    By Brian Swift (16/10/2020)
  • Often used to stop there on our way back to Dundee after yet another (brilliant) day skiing at Glenshee.
    Miss it an awful lot. Great days.
    (Also used to stop the bus there (and back) on our skiing day trips from Laings Bar)

    By Jack Bruce (06/08/2020)
  • Amazing to hear Ivy speaking, after all those years, I worked there 87/88 winter season. Tom was a true gent Blackwater Inn was one of a kind!

    By Stewart (13/06/2019)
  • Did this use to be The Glenshee Inn in the 1970s run by a man called Ron and his wife? Dave Dalrymple had a ski hire shop next door.

    By Marj Tear (29/09/2018)
  • Did this used to be the Glenshee Inn in the early 70s? Think Ron was the manager/owner at the time and Dave Dalrymple had the ski hire next door. John King used to bring people up from Glasgow for the weekend. High tea and ceilidhs at Ma Flemings and magic nights at the Spittal.

    By Marj Tear (20/05/2018)
  • Stayed at the Blackwater in the 90s.
    An interesting American gent, possibly Texan, was in charge on that day and breakfast was served by a lovely lady.
    A local tug of war team came in mid evening and livened the place up !

    By Peter Worgan (14/02/2018)
  • What a shame that it has gone, had some fantastic nights with Ivy , Tom , Monty and the crew when we we stayed on a motor bike tour or skiing in Scotloand

    By Tony Sanders (07/01/2018)
  • Wow, brings back memories. I was an Aussie working a snow season as a barmaid at The Blackwater Inn in 1987/88. Lived in the staff accommodation up the road.

    By Candace Feild (27/05/2016)
  • The accordionist with Jim Petrie is Jim Fairweather.

    By Maureen Stoneman (26/03/2015)

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