Craig Lodge

Family House
of Prayer

Craig Lodge
PA33 1AR

Tel: + 44 - 01838-200-216
Fax: +44 - 01838-200-622


Craig Lodge was bought in 1977 by the MacFarlane-Barrow family to run as a fishing and hunting lodge.

In 1988 after a visit to Medjugorje, the whole family, with the permission of the bishop, decided to give the house over to God, to be a place of peace and prayer, hence the name Family House of Prayer.

Craig Lodge is a Catholic Retreat House open to all denominations.


Craig Lodge is an old Country House set in seven acres of beautiful woods and gardens. It is one mile east of the village of Dalmally - which was known in earlier times as Clachan Diseart, or the Township of the Holy Retreat - and commands spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

The extensive gardens are secluded and tranquil
- ideal for peace of mind, body and soul.


Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is thirsting for you my God - Psalm 42:1-2

Craig Lodge is an ideal place to take a step back from the world and a step closer to God.

We cater for:-

We invite you to visit from a couple of hours to several days. We also welcome religious or priests on sabbatical ( dependent on availability ). Whether you come on your own, for a visit or a weekend retreat, or come as part of a group or family, we trust that you will be refreshed.

We endevour to welcome all in an atmosphere of family, and strive to be a home, rather than an institution.


The chapel is the heart and soul of Craig Lodge and we meet for prayer four times a day. These prayer times include the Divine Office, Rosary and Adoration, with Mass or a Eucharistic Service every day. Guests are welcome to join in with as much of the prayer as they wish.


There are 14 bedrooms ( six with en suite facilities ) able to accomodate approximately 32 people. We have a chapel and a quiet room with a cosy log stove.

Our library of books, video and audio tapes are available for guest use.
The home-cooked meals are well recommended - with the healthy highland air producing hearty appetites.



The Isle of Iona is the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, and an unforgettable pilgrimage destination. For either a day trip or overnight stay ( which we can arrange for you ) the island is easily accessible from the Lodge.


In order to ensure the continuation of the House of Prayer, a charity was formed to administer Craig Lodge in December 1994.

Prices are kept purposefully low to allow as many people as possible to stay here if they visit, especially youth and those with young families. This is a strain on our finances, and any contribution that you can make to help would be appreciated.

The work of Craig Lodge is expanding and by the grace of God it will continue to do so.


A group of young people ( aged 20 - 30 ) who commit to live in community at the lodge for a year.

The charisms of the Community are:-

Enquiries regarding the Community are welcome


For Father Tommy - html by Jim Crawley, July 1996 from Craig Lodge pamphlet