I was staying at Glen Affric at Strawberry cottage a marvellous mountain hut at the far end of the Glen. We awoke to very high winds that had battered the bothy last night and were still planned according to the weather forecast to be going all day long. The wind was howling and the trees were bending it was not the day for mountains it was hard enough standing up outside far less on the hills. It was a low-key morning for all and a real tidy up was the norm at the An Teallach hut and it was soon spick and span as when took it over. The rubbish was taken away, wood brought in, floors tidied and little sign we had been. It was time then to load the van across the river and those who cycled home to the cars had an easy wind assisted cycle back to the car park. It had been a great weekend and though only one day on the hills the bothy was magic and a marvellous location as was the company. Thanks to the An Teallach Club for the use of the hut.
Many huts especially those owned by mountaineering clubs are full of history and Strawberry Cottage is one of them the walls have some great pictures and as always the wall maps are well used by us all planning and looking at possible routes. I always wanted one in my kitchen, which area I wonder? Bothy art what is your favourites?
There were some lovely drawings/ paintings as well and I enjoyed looking around and at them, these huts are places that folk love and care about and though basic they are wonderful places to visit. I as always take a few photos of them and though not great quality are a reminder of my visits. In winter these are great places to be and a huge part of my life in the mountains, it’s not just about the hills but the characters you meet and talk to.
The Affric car park was busy despite the weather and we sorted out all the gear and all went our separate ways. The tight Glen Affric road back had a lot of branches down from the wind and I took care missing lots of them and then met all the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival Traffic heading for home. I waited for about 10 minutes on the main road while the Police let the traffic move on. They would have had some night those that chose to camp out. Inverness was busy but I was soon home and the gear sorted for the next adventure.
I was asked to recommend so guide books for the Munros there are so many but still my favourite is the SMC Munros also Cameron McNeish The Munros are excellent and there are many others now on the market.
This 2013 revised reprint of the Scottish Mountaineering Club’s definitive hillwalkers’ guidebook to the Munros reflects the recent demotion of Beinn a’ Chlaidheim in the Fisherfield Hills, reducing the total number of Munros to 282. In addition, descriptions and maps throughout the book have been comprehensively revised to reflect changes to routes and access points. Since its first publication in 1985, all profits from this best-selling guidebook have been donated to the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, a charity created to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and conservation of mountains and the mountain environment.
The SMC District Guides – these are still great interest to me and I spent many nights reading about the hills and are still well worth a read. Few nowadays know about them but well worth getting hold of them, classic mountain reading if your interested in the mountains and their stories.
The Scottish Mountaineering Club publishes a selection of district guidebooks covering the whole of Scotland. All books are fully illustrated with photographs and maps and include sections on history, flora, fauna, geology and land use.
The North West Highlands
The first of the revised District Guides focuses on the area north of the Great Glen. The book features comprehensive coverage of the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and principal other hills in Ardgour, Moidart, Knoydart, Applecross, Torridon, The Fannaichs, Coigach and Assynt.
The Central Highlands
A detailed guide of the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Includes detailed coverage of The Mamores, Ben Nevis, Grey Corries, Glen Coe, Ben Cruachan, Ben Alder and the hills of Laggan, Drumochter and Monadhliath.
A comprehensive guide to the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and other principal hills in North East Scotland, including the diverse areas from high Cairngorms plateau to the rolling Grampian moorlands.
The Islands of Scotland including Skye
A guide to the major island groups in the Firth of Clyde, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. There is detailed coverage of the Munros and Corbetts on Skye, Mull, Arran, Jura, Rum and Harris.
The Southern Highlands
A detailed guide to the area readily accessible from the Central Belt including the hills bounded by Rannoch Moor, Fife and Oban.
This is worth repeating – Since its first publication in 1985, all profits from this best-selling guidebooks have been donated to the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, a charity created to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and conservation of mountains and the mountain environment.
SMT – how many know this and I think if it was updated it would be a lot more? Great work though and not well known at all?
Examples of the work of the trust
Below are shown the approximate totals of the grants made by the Trust in its major areas of activity in the period 1990-2009.
|Footpath Construction and Maintenance:||£317,000|
|Core Funding of Mountaineering Council of Scotland:||£136,500|
|Mountaineering Education and Training:||£23,000|
|Mountain Rescue Equipment and Facilities:||£56,000|
|Support of Expeditions:||£23,000|
|Renovation of Club Huts:||£143,000|