Bothies – a memory quiz ? Nepal update. 

Name that bothy - photo T MacDonald

Name that bothy – photo T MacDonald

I am down South at the Grandchildren a their baptism and Lexi birthday party. It has been a happy time with those we love  and it is hard to be happy when there is so much sadness in Nepal. They are having a collection at Kinloss Barracks for Nepal so I will be sorting out sleeping bags to send away more on this when I get home’!

I had my first big adventures in the Galloway Hills as  a 12 year old skinny wee lad making up the numbers of the Duke of Edinburgh Award – Huge bags and wild days 50 miles in 3 days is a winter storm. We stayed in Back Hill of the Bush a Mountain bothy now closed due to vandals. It was  a place of refuge then and I will never forget as I got that huge bag off and got the fire going with steam rising of my gear. I caught the bug bothying and have loved it ever since!


The Mountain Bothies Association is a charity which maintains about 100 shelters in some of the remoter parts of the UK.

With the permission and support of the owners, these shelters are unlocked and are available for anyone to use. All of our maintenance activities are carried out by volunteers. We welcome new members who want to support our work, either by attending work parties or by contributing financially through subscriptions and donations.

Most of the MBA bothies are in Scotland with others in England and Wales.

Easy one?

Easy one?



Early days in Galloway

1973 – Early days in Galloway

Mountain Bothies – Celebrating 50 Years of the MBA

The MBA is 50 years old in 2015 and to mark the occasion, we have compiled an anniversary book. It tells the story of how Bernard Heath formed the Association 50 years ago. It recalls how some of the buildings which are today’s bothies were found. It includes tales of work parties, some of which have found their way into MBA folklore, and shows that although materials and methods of working may have changed, the enthusiasm of volunteers has not. Illustrated by photographs, line drawings and cartoons, it is a celebration of 50 years of activity by our volunteers who take delight in maintaining simple shelters in remote country for the use and benefit of all who love wild and lonely places.
The book costs £10 per copy including postage and packaging. All profits from its sale will go towards furthering the work of the Association.

West Caost

West Caost – Photo KK.

No longer with us

No longer with us



Want to stay in a bothy? Please note that many bothies are in remote locations. You should be proficient in map and compass if you intend to visit and able to get yourself out of any difficult situation that might arise. Have a look at our FAQ’s for further information.



Want to join a work party? See the Workparty Diary for a full list and details of our planned work parties over the coming months.  We welcome all volunteers and you do not need to be a member of the MBA to join in.

Please leave clean take all your rubbish with you!

Please leave clean take all your rubbish with you!

Join the MBA – give something back?

Oban Bothy



Far North?

Far North?



Long gone

Long gone

Far North New Yrar

Far North New Year

I love this place!

I love this place!

The Bothy

Simple shelter in the wild

Free to use

Not to abuse

Great days

Long days, easy days

Young  and old

A place to stay

Away from the crowds

A fire a meal

A brew, a dram

Twinkling stars

Rattling wind

The friendly mouse


Simple things

The bothy

Fire on Primeval

Fire on Primeval


A great read how many of us have used the bothies yet never donated please do !


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Bothies – a memory quiz ? Nepal update. 

  1. easain says:

    Thks Heavy
    Thats the first picture I have seen of the Curran. No wonder I didnt recognise it!

    Liked by 1 person

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