Heading to Glencoe tonight – the Mountain Bothies.

I have got the car back after a few days without it  – one day before I go to the Big Munro in the Skye I will get a newish car, this one has done well but spent the last few days getting it fixed.  It was a long day in Inverness waiting for it and so expensive, that is my holiday gone now?

Tonight I am off to Glencoe stay with an old pal and then a wander up to the back of Bidian Nam Bian with a relative of an accident many years ago. I occasionally get asked to help in this way and take a relative up into the hills where there loved one went, hopefully it will be not too hard a day for all.

Take care if out on the hills and always leave some details of where your going? Have a look at the weather I was out last week twice in the Cairngorms and in the heavy rain and win it was chilly for July!


The mountains and wild places continue to be a huge part of my life and its good to be a bit fitter to enjoy a slow walk into these great mountains.

I was looking out a few photos of some of the great bothy days  in the past its time I was out again maybe this winter when the crowds go.   I love the bothies, there history and the tales you hear in them and of course the characters we meet. The Mountain Bothies do a great job but always need funds, are you a member?

Sad to hear that there is still a big rubbish problem, if you go to a bothy please take your rubbish with you?

Bothy clean up.

Bothy clean up.


The Mountain Bothies Association has appealed to hillwalkers and climbers to help keep more than 100 shelters it looks after in the UK clean and tidy.

The association and groups including the Mountaineering Council of Scotland have raised concerns in the past about rubbish being left in the shelters.

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Use of bothies increases in summer months.

The MBA has now issued a new message asking people to help keep bothies in a tidy state.

The association said: “With summer upon us we are seeing many visitors to bothies, especially on the more popular long-distance trails, who perhaps have not used one before and who seem unaware that unlike in some other countries, our mountain bothies are not serviced and have no rubbish collection service.

“Bothies rely on you to remove your litter, and that of any inconsiderate others, so please help where you can.”

Last year, one of two volunteers who looks after Corrour Bothy in the Lairig Ghru, Cairngorms, told of taking four hours to sort through and burn waste left there.

Neil Reid said hill walkers had to be willing to pick up litter they find.

Common sense ?


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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