I received this through my blog yesterday about a visit to a bothy in Galloway Backhill of Bush bothy with my brother in 1971 – 49 years ago:
“I once met a chap by the name of Heavy in backhill of bush bothy in the galloway hills.it was new year 1977. He was there with his brother as we arrived at the bothy and made us feel so very welcome making us a brew and getting our feet up at the fire. We went our separate ways next morning and never met again. I have written about the guys in my memoirs. We sat till the wee hours swapping stories and laughs and that camaraderie we formed still lives with me. I just wondered if you were the same person. I am Ian a lot older though!
It’s was lovely to hear from Ian all these years later. Sadly the bothy is no longer open I think but it was my first bothy I visited as a young lad through the Boys Brigade. I will never forget arriving about 12 years old and the fire was on and listening to the tales and stories round the fire. Theses smells and memories are still with me nearly 50 years on!
Sadly I think the bothy is still shut by the forestry it had been so badly vandalised the Forestry and the MBA no longer look after it.
Yet it has so many memories of that great wild area lots of wood cut at the door and it’s wild wee hills and lochs.