Great read some interesting views on stalking and the great Alder hills and of some of the characters!
The Culra Bothy and Ben Alder
The photographs accompanying this piece are a touch rough. They have been scanned from very old Provia transparencies that have spent many years mouldering away in sea-damp Cornwall.
The culling of deer in Scotland is still a legal requirement. The great estates of the Highlands are known as deer ‘forests’ although open country predominates in most of them. They have always been mainly in private ownership and the shooting of deer for ‘sport’ is the main purpose of the estate owners and their guests although their incompetence in doing so is often laughable, but can also be damaging. This story, however, is about estate workers whose lives were lived independently in a parallel world where the efficient and humane culling of deer was managed skilfully.
Real mountaineers never climb mountains for fun. They are simply ‘dwellers among mountains’ according to the OED, and…
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