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Bothying

Discussion in 'Out and About' started by fred gordon, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. fred gordon

    fred gordon Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Spent last weekend in a Scottish bothy called Craig in the Torridon area. Does anyone else enjoy this sort of wild experience and if so what is your favourite bothy? :)
     
  2. Spikey DaPikey

    Spikey DaPikey Full Member

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    How does this work ? Do you just turn up or do ya havta pay etc ?

    They sound fun, but i have no idea how it works :eek:
     
  3. Dougster

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    I was up in a few in the Cairngorms last February.

    We had an excellent time - they are just open door huts Spikey, first come first served, a brilliant excuse to end the day early.

    One piece of advice - take some whisky and a couple of things to burn!

    I wrote in the book - 'roaring flames and roaring laughs' and I think that said it all.
     
  4. JonnyP

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    Hi Spike......Bothy's are great, they are small cottages in remote area's, with a place to sleep and a fire place too, very basic and its first come, first served, though sometimes you have to share with others. They are free to use and you just leave the place as you find it.......
     
  5. Spikey DaPikey

    Spikey DaPikey Full Member

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    Cool !!

    Cheers guys :You_Rock_
     
  6. fred gordon

    fred gordon Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Have a look here. Its the Mountain Bothies Assoc. Lots of good pictures of various bothies.
    www.mountainbothies.org.uk :)
     
  7. faff

    faff Tenderfoot

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    iv been a member for a few years on and off now and stayed in about 30 or so bothies.the best one is camasunary on sky and my local bothy grwyne fawr
     
  8. hammy

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    I would just like to add to the comment 'first come first served'
    This should read 'there is no such thing as a full bothy'
    The areas they are in provide emergency shelter, as well as a free weekend retreat. :)
    I'm a member and have been using bothies for over 20 years.
    Do check out there web site and forum.
    http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/index.php

    And to keep on thread my fav bothy is Sorlies on the Knoydart peninsular, superb location.

    (7 - 9 hour walk from road or get a boat)

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  9. Jodie

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    I'd never heard of bothies before - great website, very interesting
    history the MBA seems to have had and they've put their history
    very nicely in context.

    Fascinating insight into something unknown to me :)

    I like the idea of the work parties to repair bothies - although it's a
    slightly alien world to me "The work party planned for this weekend
    at Corrour has again been cancelled due to helicopter unavailability."

    Jo
     
  10. Scots_Charles_River

    Scots_Charles_River Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Sorlies - anything related to the great poet ?

    Nick
     
  11. sandbender

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    I had my first real experience of the outdoors aged about 13 when I spent a week at a bothy near Peebles. It was run by the Border Bothies Association, prompted by this thread I looked them up and they are still around.

    http://www.mountaineering-scotland.org.uk/huts/bordrbty.html

    During my teenage years I used several of these bothys as kicking off points for treks around the Scottish Borders.
     
  12. SowthEfrikan

    SowthEfrikan Tenderfoot

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    They even provide spades to dig privvies. :) I'll be looking into these for my next UK trip.
     
  13. Neil1

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    Ah Hammy :eek:
    You were'nt supposed to tell the rest of the world about Sourlies, mind its a fair walk in, but really worth the effort.
    On your last visit was the "beast" still visiting @ night.
    Some of my best memories are sitting in that bothy, eating mussels & pasta, sharing conversation (and a wee dram)with complete strangers, while the weather was howling outside.
    My favourite mountain sits behind it too.
    N
     
  14. hammy

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    Well the last time I was there four or five beasts visited through the night and ate all the food that wasn't suspended from the ceiling. :)
    The coastal foraging in this area is second to none, the muscles being a delicacy (best to collect the day before eating and place in a bucket of fresh water over night to purge them. Lots of different sea weeds too Mmmmmmm.
    Long lines on the beach too.
    Any way This is all I can say on the subject, (top secret)
    Visit the web site for more info.
     
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    Knoydart is a place I really want to go one day, looks wonderful.
     
  16. fred gordon

    fred gordon Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    A few years ago a friend of mine ate some mussels here. He was paralised the following day, not from the whisky but with shellfish poisoning! Had to stay in his bunk till it wore off! :confused:
     
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    Hence the overnight purge in fresh water to clean them out, gets all the sand out as well. :)
     
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    Hi all
    I was in Knoydart over the New Year and I though you might be intrested in the Kilchoan Estate Bothy. Its about 2km outside of Inverie on the way to Meall Bhiudie though it would make a good base for both Luinne Bheinn and Beinn Bhiuide, or perhaps as a starter for longer extreme Bothying trips?!?
    Although its £6 pp per night its seems very well equiped and looks like coal is thrown in for the price.I dont have the phone no. but im sure it would be easy to get if anyone wants the grid ref let me know. Ta Ed
    P.S does anyone know wether the fireplace at Soulies has been sorted out?
    Ta Ed :)
     
  19. hammy

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    Yes it draws nicely now, :)
     
  20. willie

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    Hey ive heard of bothying awhile ago, i was just wondering what happens with Fire wood and the likes is it there already do u have to bring Etc ive looked on the Mba forums couldnt find much info,,
    i probs didnnt look hard enough..
     

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