Biography: Geoff Allan is Scotland's premier bothy expert: founder of the 'Bothies on a Bike' blog he has hiked, biked and slept the night in each and every Scottish bothy. Stayed at Pinkeys on Saturday to experience being in a bothy on a hill in a gale! Lluest Cwm Bach is the newest of the MBA supported bothies. Corryhully Bothy on a gloomy morning. bothies and state of existing MBA and non MBA bothies or any other obstruction/access issues Details Please give any details you have and also tell us how you dealt with the issue. It’s amazing that this spick-and-span accommodation is provided free – the finest expression of the voluntary, non-commercial ethos of the MBA. Starting at Moal Bhuidhe bothy, I walked towards Pait Lodge before ascending the east ridge of Meall Mhor. This area was … / Abuse of Bothies: New Topic Reply to Topic. Please do not visit until further notice. Bothies are not available for commercial groups. Specifically their likelyhood is judged by the teller to be a contributor rather than a taker. Although considerable further work has still to be done, the building can now be used by visitors. The Mountain Bothy Association (MBA) work party earlier this month undertook major work to make the old lodge at Cruib wind and watertight and available for use as a bothy. Cruib becomes the 79th building in Scotland to be maintained by the Association as an open bothy. The track is a bit boggy once yer leave the landrover track but it'll frozen the noo . There is a large wood burner along with a classic Victorian style pulley clothes hanger. ( camping without a tent ) is nearer the mark. Post Dec 30, 2008 #2 2008-12-30T12:08. Thanks, mate, bothies are already being closed due to abuse. It was inhabited as recently as the 1950’s and renovated during 2013, having only be open to the pubic for a year or so. Some senior club members - well at least two of us - are planning a leisurely 3-day jaunt through the hills, staying at a couple of interesting non-MBA bothies.... A Perthshire bike stravaig 15-17 June - Forum - The Ochils Mountaineering Club Non-Thorn Related » Bike accessible bothies in Scotland ... (see below) of 47 bothies in Scotland which I consider should be accessible with a loaded touring bike. This had been during April 1992 using bothies and some nights a single skin Goretex hooped bivvy. I once came across a guy in a North Wales bothy who seemed to taken up residence. Some MBA bothies are locked by their owners during certain periods; details of those are noted on the individual bothy pages on this website. Mar 10, 2014 - Mountain Bothies Association, location of about 100 bothy shelters in the UK. In 2009 however, the MBA put the locations of all the bothies it maintained online – prior to this, the information was officially only available to members. 29. There are currently 85 MBA bothies in Scotland, plus 12 in England and 9 in Wales. Just heard about a non mba bothy Anyone know if its an open bothy?It looks well placed for a couple of days fishing, south of the border steve. New Topic Reply to Topic Reply to Topic Including all the Mountain Bothy Association (MBA) 81 bothies and many others lesser-known gemsStunning photography which captures the spirit of bothying culture and Scotland’s wildest placesEngaging travel writing which document the fascinating history of each bothy and the adventurers who use themDetailed information on the locations and approach routes - by canoe, foot and bicycle - … I kid you not. Bridges – please give state of bridge eg damaged, dangerous, no longer there and report any useful unmapped bridges. Vandalism is not a modern phenomenon. Anniversary of the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), to whom the book is dedicated, it is a worthy tribute for without that gallant band the bothy estate would be so much poorer than it is today, it would be hard not to share the author’s enthusiasm for the MBA. Bothies don’t belong to the MBA, they belong to the landowner The MBA have asked folk to avoid using them at the moment, unless a genuine emergency. It looks after 104 bothies and two emergency mountain shelters (not to be mistaken for or confused with a mountain hut, as the Fords of Avon and Garbh Choire refuges are little more than a heavily weather protected shed). If you have a photo please send it to us. To avoid overcrowding, the MBA recommends visiting bothies in groups of 6 or less. These can can be found throughout Scotland and are always free to stay in and mainly used by hillwalkers and mountain bikers. Groups of 6 or less should only stay in bothies. Of these, only two bothies (Over Phawhope and Glen Pean) are owned by the charity. In 2010, the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) spruced up this shed with sturdy cedar, making it as resilient as it is charming. A bothy is a basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge. He was harmless but he did insist on showing me all the home improvements he’d made. Aye, its an open bothy and a gooyun tae, although its needs saem TLC. 29. However, there are many more non MBA bothies dotted around the country. Many bothys have had their internal woodwork vanish up the flue. Some are open secrets (the Scottish Bothy Bible contains over 100 entries) but there are still some out there which very few people know about. Members help repair and maintain bothies in England, Scotland and Wales : NM 912 844 About: Often the first bothy hikers will encounter on the Cape Wrath Trail, Corryhully is a well-known bothy not maintained by the MBA but by the local estate. About the MBA Founded in 1965, the Mountain Bothies Association exists to maintain remote buildings for which the owner has little or no use, yet remain important to walkers and others who make use of the shelter that they provide. With one exception, bothies are not owned by the MBA – still belonging to their estates – and there are occasionally restrictions on their use, particularly during the stalking season. The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) is a Scottish registered charity. One of the few bothies to have a working power grid! Be respectful to everyone in the bothy. These are all MBA or very well known, so I'm not really giving much away. As to non MBA bothies, they should not be mentioned over the internet, Bob Scott’s as it is a rare exception. This was set-up in 1965 to restore and manage the various abandoned buildings that were already being used by cyclists, hill walkers and climbers on an ad-hoc basis. Non-MBA bothies such as LM exist on the back of a tradition for word of mouth publicity where admittedly some judging of the person being told about the bothy may occur. Grid ref. This topic has been archived, and won't accept reply postings. One particular bothy in Wales has free gas and a dial up wood delivery service, also free. Does MBA list all the bothies? Right now the MBA is in that dangerous middle ground where it seems almost everyone knows of bothies, but there is no regulation of them, thus increasing the chances of bothies being crowded out, full of unpleasant or anti-social types, or vandalised. The charity has about 4,300 members, whose volunteers carry out maintenance and repair on the bothies. Lochivraon Bothy? Fire prodder. Some non-MBA bothies are run for the public to use as part of their remit. Be kind, share the space. In 2017 Geoff Allan published The Scottish Bothy Bible (referred to in the table as SBB), detailing all MBA bothies in Scotland as well as many other non-MBA bothies. south of the border steve. Suileag. The Teahouse | Courtesy Of Wild Things Publishing. Was going to stay in a non MBA one in the North Pennines but the wea Features: Stone floors, crude wooden platforms to sleep on, one open fire hearth. It was also a term for basic accommodation, usually for gardeners or other workers on an estate. (Please bare in mind these thoughts have been borne out of spending time in the local bothies in the Borders, I'm sure the ones in the Far North are lovely) I'm a certified n00b when it comes to bothies, so I apologise if this has been covered before, or it's obvious or whatever, but I've got two questions about 'em - 1. Just because you’re there first doesn’t mean you have more rights than late arrivers. Lurg Mhor was included in the route on the penultimate day and last day on higher ground. Trained as a surveyor, he is a professional photographer and joint maintenance office for an MBA bothy on the Isle of Rum. The MBA cares for and maintains 105 bothies and two emergency shelters, 86 in Scotland, 12 in northern England and 9 in Wales, almost all of which it does not own, but looks after with the agreement of their owners. Even if you do just pop inside for a break it is appreciated if you could assist the MBA by carrying out any rubbish you find. This topic has been archived, and won't accept reply postings. [26] [27] Publication of this and other guides in recent years has led to controversy over the publicity of bothies and the 'bothy experience'. COVID-19 (update 28 November 2020) It is not safe to use bothies at present due to the high risk of infection. All the MBA bothies on the islands of the west coast are pretty special, so it is very difficult to choose a favourite. 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