Bothy trip to Glenbeg

Posted by on Nov 16, 2010 in Bike, Bothy, Northwest Highlands | 3 Comments

Bothying is the strangest – and perhaps my favourite – of all outdoor sports .  It is true that it is not for everyone. Some people just don’t get it. Maybe they’re not doing it properly – in order to to ensure that your outing is a satisfying one it is wise to observe a few simple rules. Friday night’s […]

Knoydart, Knapdale and the Northwest

Last week I indulged in an extremely risky activity – I allocated  a week’s precious annual leave to holiday in Scotland in October. The gamble paid off; my week coincided with something of an Indian summer. The photos accompanying this post give a flavour of the highlights…………….. The week kicked off with trip to Glen […]

Night March to Maol Bhuidhe

Posted by on Jan 26, 2010 in Bothy, Northwest Highlands | 7 Comments

There’s nothing quite like wandering through wild country by the light of the moon on a winter’s night. I find the experience exhilarating and always wonder why I don’t indulge myself more frequently. Maol Bhuidhe is one several bothies that provide refuge for travelers through the great wilderness that lies between the Road to the Isles to […]


Posted by on Nov 24, 2009 in Bothy, Northwest Highlands | 4 Comments

Took a trip to the A’Chuil bothy in Knoydart at the weekend. It’s always nice to meet up with friends and to be reminded of their charming eccentricities.  For instance, within 30 seconds of parking my van at the head of Loch Arkaig on Friday night I was reminded of just how wet one of […]

Fantasy bothying in Norway

Posted by on Nov 17, 2009 in Bothy, Norway | 10 Comments

Thanks for your comments on last week’s bothy post. I have spent the week mulling over the dilemma that the promotion of outdoor activities poses for antisocial types like myself. Having given the matter some more thought I think that I can see why the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) have chosed to publish the locations of the bothies […]

Letting the Cat out of the Bothy Bag

Posted by on Nov 10, 2009 in Bothy | 8 Comments

I discovered recently that the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) has caved in and published a clickable bothy map on their website. Now this information was never secret, but it was previously freely available only to members. A few years back I joined the MBA, obtained the list of bothies and annotated my OS maps with their locations. What […]

A busy bothy weekend

Posted by on Aug 3, 2009 in Bothy, West Highlands | 2 Comments

There is something wonderfully subversive about drinking in the great outdoors, free from the roving eyes of CCTV cameras and the influence of authority figures. When you strip away the commercialism and regulation of city fleshpots – the queues, the curfews, the dress codes, the cover charges – all that remains is a raw, primal […]