Tag Archives: Bothies

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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Bothy Life – countdown

Just a very brief post from a far flung outpost of the Cairngorms where the internet is frustratingly slow. For anyone who hasn’t already heard via Facebook, BBC Scotland will shortly be showing an hour-long documentary about bothies in Scotland. … Continue reading

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Anticipation v realisation: the bothy book

One of the more anticipated new books this summer was the Cicerone guide The Book of the Bothy, by Phoebe Smith. As soon as it was announced the old guard bothy ‘guardians’ were up in arms: not only was this … Continue reading

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Ice cream and nailguns on Lochnagar

That ol’ Cairngorm magic has done its stuff again and another cold bothy has been given the five star treatment. Only it’s not the usual suspects who can claim the credit this time – they (and I count myself in … Continue reading

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Bothies, litter and education – a step forward

Last August I let rip at groups taking young people into the hills. I love it that there are people who care enough to encourage youngsters into the mountains but, like so many others involved in bothy maintenance, I’d cleaned … Continue reading

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‘Extreme’ bothy maintenance

Just back from a wee trip to the Hutchison Memorial Hut with Neil Findlay for some ‘extreme bothy maintenance’. Neil and Walt had gone out a couple of weekend back to fix the door handle, only to find once they … Continue reading

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The Sinclair Hut – one of the Cairngorms’ lost bothies

NH 959038 – 1957-1991 I first stayed there about 40 years ago, and seem to recall a sprung metal bedstead in one of the two rooms, although that could be a trick of memory. The time I really remember was … Continue reading

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