Royal 'rain shelter' to be sold

A house built for Queen Victoria to stay in - but which she only used as a rain shelter - is to be sold.

The cottage, on the shores of Loch Katrine, was constructed in 1859 for the royal opening of Glasgow's water supply scheme.

Protocol stated that a house be built rather than using mobile accommodation.

However, its windows were shattered by a 21-gun salute during the opening. Instead, the Queen used the property as a shelter from the rain.

The C-listed building was later used by Glasgow councillors for holiday accommodation, and by Scottish Water for staff accommodation.

Current owner Scottish Water said offers over £325,000 were being sought for the cottage, near Stronachlachar in Stirlingshire, which has now been converted into three separate homes.

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