How a Canadian Log Cabin Came to Be in Scotland

Happening Upon a Hut: Canadian Log Cabin Fishing Hut by the River Findhorn

If you go down to the woods today..

The first thing that strikes you as you happen upon this intriguing structure is the sweet-strong smell of wood. Made of great whole Scots Pine tree trunks felled here at Logie, this Canadian-style log cabin is as close to the genuine article outside Canada as can be. Why?.. read on!

Canadian Log Cabin built of Logie Timber by Ewen Manson

How the Scottish-Canadian-log-cabin-fishing-hut Came to Be

Ewen Manson is the inspiration and the action behind the new fishing hut. Ewen is a great fisherman and knows this stretch of the river as well as anyone. He spends much of the summer fishing it or ghillie-ing for others to fish it. He is a man of many skills and building is one of them. He is a master dyker and built most of the stone walls and bridges you see in Logie House Garden. But this is different. A traveller to Canada for many years (for fishing of course), in summer of 2016 Ewen went to learn from the masters of the traditional log-cabin build in its natural habitat in Canada. He spent three weeks with Walden Log Homes learning the techniques and told me, ‘the experts there make it look natural – it’s a different story trying yourself!’ He elaborated that it’s a joy to watch the skilled work of those who’ve been using the techniques for a life time and, like any skill or sport, it looks easy when they do it. Ewen just adds the caveat that for anyone else, ‘it’s not’!

The Process of Building a Canadian Log Cabin

Ewen explained that stripping the bark is one of the most arduous parts. Each whole log was stripped by hand in the timber yard here at Logie and the sap on the skin can be uncomfortable stuff. I think ‘steep learning curve’ were the words he used. The logs were then marked, cut and carved using traditional Canadian methods to ensure that they fit together snugly so there will be no draughts in the building and no need for screws of fixings – it fits together something like giant handmade lego with no need for fixings etc.

Logs cut for Canadian log cabin fishing hutEach log was then numbered and the structure taken all apart again, put on a trailer and moved to its final location and put back together in the right order on top of the floor.

Logs being transported to position for Canadian log cabin fishing hut

Canadian log cabin fishing hut assemblyThe roof structure was then built in situ using sarking made from Douglas Fir also grown and milled here at Logie.

reassembling the Canadian log cabin fishing hut in situNext the roof was slated and the windows put in. Currently Ewen and Craig are sanding the ends of the logs and will coat them with Tarinoil (a mix of linseed oil, tar and white spirit to thin the mixture and draw it into the wood) to protect from bugs and weather. For anyone who’s spent time around horses, it smells like hoof oil. Doors and the log-burning stove will come next, followed by a deck at the front. Finally will come the furniture and it should be ready to go for the start of the fishing season.

Canadian log cabin fishing hut build

Tree to Product: The Full Cycle

The new fishing hut represents a working example of the full cycle that can still exist in forestry today. The trees used to build the structure grew here at Logie – the Scots Pine would have been planted up to 90 years ago, perhaps by Sir Alexander Grant who bought the estate in 1924 and whose descendants are the current members of the Laing family living here today. They were felled by Head Forrester Graham Allardes and the sarking was milled here at Logie Sawmill. The result is this satisfying new fishing hut. Hut is perhaps an underwhelming term – this one is built to last and should withstand whatever a Scottish – or Canadian – winter can throw at it. A fitting legacy to leave by the river. So if you happen upon a Canadian-style log cabin on the banks of this stretch of the Findhorn, now you’ll know its story.


Canadian log cabin fishing hut at night . Nearly finished


If you’d like to make use of the new fishing hut perhaps its time to experience salmon fishing on the River Findhorn yourself. This hut would be a very cosy spot for lunch even on a miserable-weather day once the fire’s roaring. And even better to sit on the deck and take in the setting on a fine one. Or perhaps to sit and read a book while the rest of your gang are off fishing (maybe that’s just me..).

The season opens towards the end of April and runs through to the end of September. And you can even book Ewen to be your guide. There’s plenty of information about fishing the river here, what to bring, how to book to be found on this site – or if you’d prefer to speak to us please give Marilyn a ring in the office on +44 (0)1667 458900 and she’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

The above was first published on 11th January 2018.Fishing at Logie on the River Findhorn

Update on the Fishing Hut

March 2018: Here’s a picture of Ewen in front of the hut, just as he finished putting the door on.

The door’s an interesting piece in itself, once at Lochindorb (formerly part of the estate), it has pencilled graffiti on the inside side dating from 1912. And, yes, the smell of wood is still deliciously overwhelming..

Ewen in front of the Canadian log cabin he built

Fire’s On: The Finished Hut!

Today, Friday 13th April, the log burner is lit for the first time. It’s toasty in here and on this drizzly day it’s very tempting to curl up on the sofas and hide by the fire, surrounded by the smell of fresh wood.

fishing hut log burner lit

First view of the chimney smoking!

fishing hut chimney smoking for the first time

And here it is, the finished hut, with it’s veranda and chimney. Doesn’t it look fantastic! And with Ewen’s signature stone work around the base there’ll be no doubt as to who built it in years to come. More inside pics coming soon. All ready for the first fishing guests of the season.

finished Canadian log cabin fishing hut

An Addendum

We have been sent an interesting article all about log cabins and how they can be hand-built from a children’s study group who came across our website and saw our log cabin. If you’re interested in log cabins it’s worth a look here. George and Kenneth, we hope Ms Martin is all organised for pizza day now!














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How a Canadian Log Cabin Came to Be in Scotland

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.