Category Archives: Bothies

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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Hotting it up at Glas Allt Sheil

Partnership working seems all the rage these days, and last weekend up Loch Muick was a great example. The bothy at Glas Allt Sheil – the one in an outhouse of the Queen’s big picnic hoose – is officially looked … Continue reading

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And here it is… the roof

Just a quick couple of pics this time around. A few days ago I wrote about the renovation of the Slugain Howff, but wrote from the point of view of a lowly porter, who left before the job was done. … Continue reading

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Smuggling tin past the laird… or not

Some sixty or more years on, it was no surprise that the roof was getting tired and that the leaks were getting worse. It was, though, a pleasant surprise to hear the solution. The problem was that the roof in … Continue reading

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From failure to magic in the Cairngorms

In the Cairngorms even the failed weekends can turn out to be memorable – and for all the right reasons too. I’d set out from work on Friday, heading up to Bob Scott’s Bothy with the intention of going out to … Continue reading

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