The Gaelic for Fassfern is Am Fasadh Fearna, which means Alderwood resting place.
Fassfern is a hamlet on the north shore of Loch Eil in the district of Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands. It sits at the bottom of Glen Suileag and historically was part of Clan Cameron territory. Situated just off the A830, approximately 6 miles west of Fort William heading towards Mallaig and is home to Fassfern Highland Gins.
We have no other connection to the Fassfern Estate except we live and work in this magnificant location.
A haven of peace and tranquillity.
Fassfern is a haven of peace and tranquillity, teeming in wildlife and steeped in history. Sustainability is at the heart of the area's philosophy and the woodlands are managed in accordance with Forest Stewardship Council Principles and criteria.
In a magical setting within Fassfern, sits Fassfern House, which plays host to a wonderful piece of Scottish Jacobite History. In 1745 after raising the standard at Glenfinnan, Bonnie Prince Charlie spent the night at Fassfern House and in the morning, plucked a white rose from a bush at the front and attached it to his bonnet before leaving. This rose became his emblem and the symbol for the Jacobite cause, “The White Cockade”.
Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart
Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart was born 31st December 1720 as the eldest son of James Francis Edward Stuart and was the Stuart claimant to the throne of Great Britain. During his lifetime he was known as “The Young Pretender” and “The Young Chevalier” but most popularly as “Bonnie Prince Charlie”.
After some great victories heading for London, his council decided against his wishes, to return to Scotland due to the lack of support for their cause from the English and French. He was then pursued by the Duke of Cumberland, who caught up with them and the Battle of Culloden ensued in April 1746.
Charles escaped the slaughter by hiding in the moors and eventually left Scotland on a French Frigate, departing very close to where he had previously raised the standard, a spot represented by the erection of “the Prince’s cairn”. With the Jacobite cause lost, he spent the remainder of his life on the continent and is rumoured to have had numerous affairs along with a problem with alcohol. Charles died in Rome on the 30th January 1788.
A plant which grows in abundance around the estate.
This would appear self-explanatory, however, given the Gaelic meaning, should probably be represented by Alderwood. Or, given the historical significance, a white rose symbolising that plucked for Bonnie Prince Charlie’s “White cockade” becoming the symbol for the Jacobite cause.
However, the English translation is suggestive of the Fern, a vascular plant, which has life cycles and complex leaves called megaphylls. This is a plant which grows in abundance around Fassfern and with its leaf colour changing through the seasons it seemed wholly appropriate for use as our logo.
There are three beautiful woodland walks marked out around Fassfern. These walks vary in length and combine some stunning views of the surrounding scenery with some amazing wildlife, such as, siskins, bullfinches, woodpeckers, cross bills, buzzards, dippers and pine martens. As well as a range of species of butterfly, there is a pond and of course views of the river Suileag. Like the fern, the scenery changes with every new season.
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