Shock news this week that Faindouran Bothy in Glen Avon (NJ 081 062) has suffered serious damage and is currently in a dangerous condition. IT SHOULD NOT BE USED.
The damage was discovered on February 7 by Gary Dickson and his companions, who arrived to find the chimney stack and top of the gable wall had collapsed, exposing the attic.
Reporting the damage to the MBA, Gary said: “Downstairs looked ok other than some water dripping down the chimney and through the loft hatch, and the front door not wanting to shut quite properly.
We slept downstairs (with hindsight, should have probably kipped over the road) and could occasionally hear what sounded like small bits of stone or something (possibly just ice) falling down the chimney.”
In fact that is the advice for anyone heading for Faindouran for the foreseeable future: use the pony shed a few yards from the bothy. Permission has been granted from the estate and, though it’s pretty basic shelter, it is a safer option than risking the bothy, which may yet suffer more damage in severe weather.
The MBA will be sending volunteers up as soon as possible but Faindouran is remote and carrying out a proper survey of the damage may not be possible until spring. Certainly there is no hope of a quick repair and, without sounding too alarmist a note, the whole future of the bothy may be in doubt because of this.
Faindouran is in a remote area with no nearby alternatives other than the nearby pony shed or, further up the glen, the basic shelter of the Fords of Avon Refuge, so anyone heading to that area should ensure their plans do not depend on the bothy being usable until further notice.