Book review: Beyond the Secret Howff, by Ashie Brebner

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Ashie Brebner, author of 'Beyond the Secret Howff' Ashie Brebner

The Secret Howff is such a part of Cairngorm lore that it’s difficult to remember that until relatively recently so few people knew anything about it other than it existed… somewhere.

Now Ashie Brebner, the last remaining member of the group of friends who built the howff back in 1952, has spilled the beans in this fascinating book – and given us so much more too.

Ashie was born in Aberdeen in 1935, starting to go into the Cairngorms with his companions in the late ’40s, when many of the traditions we take for granted were just developing, and that’s what makes this such an exciting read.

Auchelie bothy, Glen Ey, Cairngorms Auchelie in Glen Ey, 1951. Photo by George Adams

Bob Scott’s bothy at Luibeg was starting to become established as a centre of activities for Aberdeen walkers and climbers, with Bob himself very much in charge; Corrour was in regular use…

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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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