Scottish Bothy Bible: The complete guide to Scotland s bothies and how to reach them

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Scottish Bothy Bible: The complete guide to Scotland s bothies and how to reach them

Scottish Bothy Bible: The complete guide to Scotland s bothies and how to reach them

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It’s this bit of magic that Venture Trust has been delivering for almost 40 years now and most importantly, it’s delivered to those who otherwise would be least likely to access these places, but most likely to benefit. Excellent base for an ascent of Lochnagar (1,150m) and there is an impressive waterfall en route to the summit from the bothy. They’re free to use: What a nice little bonus! Of course, you don’t need to pay to use bothies, and you don’t need to (and can’t) reserve them in advance.

A bothy is a mountain shelter in Scotland available for anyone to use for free. It will usually consist of one or more bedrooms, with a common area that has seating and a fireplace. It's well laid out and even gives you information on the traditions and etiquette of using them so I feel confident in using my first one. Bothies come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common configuration is the classic two-roomed cottage referred to by its Scots term, but and ben. The ‘but’ referring to the kitchen and living room, and the ‘ben’ the bedroom. Accommodation is very rudimentary, and in almost all cases there is no gas, electricity, tap, or toilet. You should expect only a wind- and waterproof building that offers somewhere dry to sleep. If you are staying overnight, you will need to carry in all the equipment you would normally take camping, plus candles and, if there is a fireplace, fuel to burn. As a bare minimum, bothies will have a table and a couple of chairs, but many also have sleeping platforms and stoves. Water comes from a nearby stream and, although some bothies have latrines or loos, answering calls of nature will involve a walk and the use of a spade.Here she records the beauty to be seen in living landscapes, the wildlife to be alert for and all the richness of people encountered… and some may surprise. Prince Charles, Robert De Nero and Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit all make their appearances. Regards 2 nights as a maximum and, if you intend to stay longer, you should definitely seek permission from the landowner. It may well be permitted, particularly in quiet periods. The Scottish bothy bible was the first ever complete guide book to Scotland’s bothies. Winner Travel Guidebook of the Year 2017. You can buy the PDF digital version of the book here or the Kindle version here. If there is no en-route bothy along your planned hike or bike ride or whatever, you (obviously) can’t use one. So if you really really want to use a bothy, plan a route that’ll take you beside one. At the other end of your stay, make sure you take any perishables and all your rubbish with you. Have a clean up too. How long can you stay in a bothy?

If you find either, or both, you are in a very upmarket bothy. In fact, you are probably in the wrong place. Any facilities are rare and probably detract from the whole experience. What about the social life? He posted online, with tongue at least a little in cheek, that it was 'dreadful news' for the etchers that there is no longer a trace of their stay. From Ben Alder Cottage at Dalwhinnie to Greg’s Hut in the Pennines and Arenig Fawr in Snowdonia The Book of the Bothy is a catalogue of delights, sure to promote explorations beyond the author’s selections. For each bothy featured there is an Ordnance Survey map with grid reference and descriptions of two access routes, one the direct or “classic” with a longer “challenging” alternative for hill-baggers and those who have time and inclination. The bothy building, rooms and facilities are described in detail and nearby hills are listed too. But this book is more than a gazetteer of cost-free wilderness lodgings; its utility is multiplied by the author’s enthusiasm for the outdoor life, made clear in short personal essays describing her individual bothy adventures.Usually, people only stay in bothies for one night. They’re largely designed to be mid-hike (or end-hike) stop-offs, where you briefly stay for one night before then moving on. What to Expect when Bothying? If there are no toilet facilities, then it’s outside and dig a hole to bury your waste. Make sure it is well away from the bothy and away from water sources. At least 200 metres away. Make sure your hole is at least 6 inches or 15 cm deep. The whole code is built around respect, cos no-one is there to make sure you’re following the rules. The MBA aren’t gonna turn up in their cute little uniforms to make sure you enforce the rules they’ve set… which is why they ask and expect you to respect the bothy you’re staying in. Only Use It if You Need It

Respect Agreement with the Estate’: if a bothy is on private land with private rules, respect the rules of that private land. And don’t hang around for a long time—bothies are only meant for short stays (of ideally only one night).The spirit of bothies hasn’t really changed much since those days. But during the intervening years individuals and charities (including the Scottish Bothy Association, more on those guys later) have updated, upgraded and maintained these bothies, to make sure they still offer shelter, protection, and a decent place to sleep.

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