*Disclaimer: If you’re reading this, and a potential bothy vandalism culprit, there is a local woman Sharon who’s tired of cleaning up your shit and seeing your vandalism. Please read her comments below and be respectful of this and every bothy you go searching for.
TALMINE, NORTHERN SCOTLAND
“Where’re ya off to today?” Our Airbnb host Alma asked as we headed out the door to do some exploring.
“There’s a bothy we thought we’d walk out to.” I proceeded to tell her which one it was, which I won’t go into detail here.
“Oh, that’s an alright one for sure, but I think you’d enjoy another more.” She and her husband Chris proceeded to stretch out a map of the area and she pointed out a tiny word on the shores of a loch nearby.
She gave us some homemade cake, landmarks to follow, and off we went on a wonderfully damp spring afternoon.
Turns out this wee bothy isn’t as well known because it’s not maintained by the Mountain Bothy Association. It’s maintained by the local primary school, so it’s not as widely shown online and in books. I’ve revised this blog as well, to keep it as private as possible. I do still want to share the photos and inspire people who would respect this sort of thing, but unfortunately, others can’t be trusted. Locals will recognize the landmarks, of course, but then again, the locals already know it’s there.
It was empty when we arrived, but the bothy journal had a new entry from just the night before. It’s well equipped and well traveled as bothies go, as the photos show. Those who love it do their best to keep it maintained and clean. If you happen to stumble upon it, please do the same.