Category Archives: Bothies

Covid Dreams 12: The A Team

After a few landscape photos, a nice cheery one of my mates. These guys are the A Team – some of it anyway – the core of the Eastern area of the MBA and the Friends of Bob Scott’s, who … Continue reading

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Vandalism and rubbish at Corrour Bothy

Bothy maintenance isn’t something for the easily discouraged. Just one week on from building a new toilet at Corrour Bothy we received a damage report. And worse still, it was deliberate – or at least reckless – damage. Just six … Continue reading

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New toilets for Corrour

Following extensive work over the first two weekends in September, the toilet at Corrour Bothy – closed since the end of June – has now been reopened. Other than that the number of seats has been doubled to four, and … Continue reading

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Historic Corrour Bothy images

Some images from the original Corrour Bothy work party appeared recently on Facebook, courtesy of Alasdair Ewan, grandson of Bill Ewen, who took them in 1950, when the Cairngorm Club rescued the building from collapse. I wrote about Bill Ewen … Continue reading

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Corrour toilet

A brief note to say that last weekend’s work party at Corrour Bothy successfully removed the interior of the toilet extension. Materials for the renovated and expanded toilet have been delivered and work is planned within the next month to … Continue reading

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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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