Category Archives: Bothies

Bothy news – Corrour and Garbh Coire Refuge

For the first time in more than 10 years Corrour Bothy will be without a toilet – temporarily at least. Renovations will mean it’ll be out of action for about a month. The toilet extension will remain, but all the … Continue reading

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What we did on our weekends

Between work, the MBA and Bob Scott’s there are altogether too many meetings in my life and they tend not to feature on this blog – for good reason. But a recent meeting of the Bob Scott’s Bothy Association highlighted … Continue reading

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Ashie Brebner: Secret Howff builder, 1935-2018

Sad news came this week that Allister ‘Ashie’ Brebner, the last surviving member of the group who built the legendary ‘Secret Howff’ in the Cairngorms, has died. Ashie had only recently written an excellent memoir of his exploits in the … Continue reading

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Renovation for Garbh Choire Refuge

It’s long past time I updated the position regarding the Garbh Choire Refuge. As readers of the Mountain Bothies Association magazine will know, Mar Lodge Estate has finally agreed to allow the shelter to be renovated. And all going well … Continue reading

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Book review: Beyond the Secret Howff, by Ashie Brebner

The Secret Howff is such a part of Cairngorm lore that it’s difficult to remember that until relatively recently so few people knew anything about it other than it existed… somewhere. Now Ashie Brebner, the last remaining member of the … Continue reading

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Glas Allt Sheil refurbishment completed

After a third weekend work party, MBA members have completed a major refurbishment of Glas Allt Sheil bothy near the western end of Loch Muick. A good turnout of volunteers at the final work party at the weekend there included … Continue reading

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50 years in the Cairngorms

It was  an inauspicious start: 1967, nine years old and chasing my brother through the heather. Suddenly I was doing a Wiley E Coyote impression, feet windmilling through the air as I fell into a gravel quarry at the side … Continue reading

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