Ryvoan Bothy and a Poem.

1932 Ryvoan Bothy – lies at the top of the Ryvoan Pass about a mile North-East of Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms.Ryvoan Bothy

The poem below I have heard and seen before it was left in the Ryvoan bothy during the 1939 -45 war, it is not known who wrote it but what a grand piece of poetry.  Ryvoan in these days would be a pretty quiet place unlike now where it is a short walk from Glenmore. My friend Ray Sefton that great Stravaigerof the hills (derives from eighteenth-century Scotsextravage, meaning ‘wander about;) of the Cairngorms was given it and a few others discovered in a friends attic.  I wonder what happened to the author? Ryvoan Bothy lies at the top of the Ryvoan Pass about a mile North-East of Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms. My Dad used to visit Ryvoan in his student days and after the was I bet he saw the original poem. Enjoy!

I LEAVE TONIGHT FOR EUSTON

I shall leave tonight from Euston

By the seven-thirty train,

And from Perth in the early morning

I shall see the hills again.

From the top of Ben Macdhui

I shall watch the gathering storm,

And see the crisp snow lying

At the back of Cairngorm.

I shall feel the mist of Bhrotain

And pass by the Lairig Ghru

To look on dark Loch Einich

From the heights of Sgoran Dubh.

From the broken Barns of Bynack

I shall see the sunrise gleam

On the forehead of Ben Rinnes

And Strathspey awake from dream.

And again in the dusk of evening

I shall find once more alone

The dark water of the Green Loch,

And the pass beyond Ryvoan

For tonight I leave from Euston

And leave the world behind:

Who has the hills as a lover,

Will find them wondrous kind.

Ryvoan Bothy nowadays.

And again in the dusk of evening.I shall find once more alone

The dark water of the Green Loch,And the pass beyond Ryvoan.

For tonight I leave for Euston.And leave the world behind:

Who has the hills as a lover,Will find them wondrous kind.

Anon.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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3 Responses to Ryvoan Bothy and a Poem.

  1. Dave Steane says:

    Dave – I understand the poem was written by a Mrs A.M. Lawrence, from lived for a time at Burgh on Sands in Cumbria, who spent some of her time as a child at Nethybridge. The poem was mentioned in an article by the late, great, Irvine Butterfield in one of the Scottish Mountaineer magazines about Lost Bothies in the Cairngorms. By the way, really enjoying your blogs!

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