Category Archives: Bothies

Poetry on the hills – How I missed out for so long .

Norman MacCaig. This is part of his work that made me read lots of his poetry. I love the poetry of the mountains and wild places and coming from Ayr the land of Robbie Burns it makes me sorry I … Continue reading

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All well in Crianlarich – visiting Aunty Elma a lady who always looks after RAF MRT.

On my way back from the deep South from a good trip with old pals I drove to see Aunty Elma at Crianlarich. My old mountaineering mates tell me I need to post cheery posts. Elma has looked after many … Continue reading

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Keswick Mountain Festival thanks to all.

Yesterday I did a Q & A ( Question & Answer session) with Cameron McNeish at the Keswick Mountain Festival. I travelled down to another world from Scotland. It was so busy and there first big event since Covid. I … Continue reading

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Kinloch Castle up for sale on Rum!

Sorry no blogs as I was over on the West Coast and the internet was down. It’s sorted now ! I see Kinloch Castle is up for sale on the Island of Rum. I have great memories of the Island. … Continue reading

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Enthusiasm on An Teallach

Yesterday was an early start up at 0400 as I was meeting an old pal Tommy Pilling who was up staying at Gairloch for a week. Tommy was in days of yore a typical of a young troop in Mountain … Continue reading

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A bothy tale – Early winter Dec 1978 – The Mamores and an encounter at Meannanach bothy.

We were on our first winter traverse West to East of Scotland. We had done a North to South a year earlier and John Hinde one of our mentors had said “if you think your fit try one unsupported in … Continue reading

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The Cairngorm 6 a long time ago. Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochan Uaine,Devils Point,Sgurr a Mhain ,Ben MacDui, Cairngorm. Scrambles and aircraft crashes?

Some of my Mountaineering club were are away doing some of the great peaks in the Cairngorms . It’s great to see and I heard they had a great time. These peaks mean so much to me I have had … Continue reading

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Memories of the first bothy I used Back hill of Bush Galloway

Memories of my first bothy Back of the Bush Galloway. Please note all Bothies are still closed due to Covid restrictions. From the MBA website https://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/ Please be aware that this website is the only up to date source of … Continue reading

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Roybridge Village Hall – Roy fridge. In praise of village halls.

I wrote last week about Mountain Rescue cooking and the nightmare it caused for many of the troops in the team. We all had to take turns cooking for a day when we were accepted in the team. That reminded … Continue reading

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Remote Bothies & Youth Hostels

Whats your favourite bothy or Youth Hostel? I like Affric Youth Hostel mainly along with Ossian Youth Hostel great places superb locations. Affric is a fair walk in from Kintail or Affric and Ossian unless you take the train is … Continue reading

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