Ryvoan Bothy (pron Rye-vo-an) sits to the north of the main Cairngorm massif at NJ 006 115, about 3.5 km beyond the end of the public road at Glenmore Lodge (itself about 2km from Loch Morlich).
There is usually room to park at the road end just past Glenmore Lodge. Then simply follow the landrover track north-east, past the lovely Lochan Uaine. Shortly after that the track forks, the right-hand branch heading to Bynack Mor. Continue on the increasingly bouldery left-hand track up a slight hill and round a corner. You are almost at the bothy before you see it, at the foot of the path up Meall a Bhuachaille. This route in is part of the historic Thieves’ Road from Glen More to Nethy Bridge.
A single-roomed bothy with a spacious lean-to storm porch, recent improvements have seen a sleeping platform installed and the fire remodelled to burn less fuel and throw out more heat. Many of the drafts which once assailed visitors have now been cured too.
It will sleep four comfortable on the sleeping bench and as many more as you care to pack on the floor – possibly a dozen wouldn’t be unreasonable?
There is no fuel around the bothy, but fallen wood may be found back past Lochan Uaine – although it is increasingly preferred to take in your own fuel as dead wood provides a valuable environment for insect life, which feeds birds. It’s not far from the road and a 10 kg bag of coal between two is not unreasonable.
It is not advisable to drink water from the burn beside the bothy. (See comment below). There have been reports of illness after doing so and, especially during heavy rain and snow melt, there can be pollution from human faeces in the area around the bothy.
Clean water can be found by walking a couple of hundred yards back towards the road to a clean stream near the junction with the Bynack Mor track.
None. Take the bothy spade for a (long) walk.
Ryvoan – the name comes from Ruighe a Bhothain, or Sheil of the Bothy – was formerly a farm, with the building at least twice as long as it is now. The farm was abandoned in 1877 and not worked after that time, although in the first part of the 20th century it survived as a single room with wooden floor and lining.
A byre stood at the western gable (the end looking back towards Glen More) but this was demolished or had collapsed by the 1960s and, according to the late Irvine Butterfield, it was the legendary Creag Dubh Climbing Club who saved the whole building from ruin by protecting the exposed gable with the collapsed corrugated iron roofing from the byre.
In 1972 maintenance was taken over by the Mountain Bothies Association and the future of the building secured. For many years it had a reputation for drafts and cold, but a lot of work over recent years has made considerable improvement to the quality of accommodation.