The Book of the Bothy

An excellent introduction into the mysterious world of bothying, part instruction manual and part guidebook, with superb maps and photos and details of 26 of the best UK bothies.


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The Book of the Bothy Description

  • Brand : Cicerone
  • Season : Not Applicable
  • Code : CIC C756
  • Packaged Weight : 0.32KG
  • A celebration of 26 of the author's favourite bothies from all over the UK in remote and wild locations. Packed with expert advice on how to make use of these 'free, old, empty houses' from packing lists to bothy etiquette and the best walks into these remote locations.
    Journey into some of the wildest and remotest spots of the UK and you will be amazed at what you will find – old, empty houses left open for you to use… and at no charge? It sounds too good to be true – but it’s not. Thanks to the fantastic work of the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), the UK is home to a network of hundreds of bothies, lovingly maintained by volunteers for walkers and climbers to access some of the UK’s greatest wilderness.  
    This book celebrates the very best bothies in the country. Follow in Phoebe’s footsteps as she shares hard-won, expert advice on how best to make use of these ‘stone tents’, including packing lists, bothy etiquette, best walking routes in, local legends and more. And be inspired to pay a visit to one yourself as she recounts stories from her own stays in these stone sanctuaries – sharing whisky from Sigg bottles, telling ghost stories around a roaring fire and dishing out dry socks to late arrivals.
    Welcome to the wonderful world of bothying
    What are bothies?
    History of bothies
    Facilities to expect
    Why bothy?
    Finding a bothy
    MBA or not?
    The bothy book
    Safety issues
    How you can help
    What to take when bothying
    A note on fuel
    The best bothies – or why these 26?
    Dumfries and Galloway: Tunskeen
    Lowther Hills: Kettleton Byre
    Glen Coe: Taigh Seumas a’ Ghlinne
    Scottish Highlands: Lairig Leacach
    Dalwhinnie: Ben Alder Cottage
    Great Glen: Blackburn of Corrieyairack
    East Highlands: Ruigh Aiteachain
    Balmoral: Glendar Shiel Stable
    Cairngorms: Bob Scott’s, Hutchinson Memorial Hut, Ryvoan
    Wester Ross: Easan Dorcha (The Teahouse), Shenavall
    Isle of Skye: The Lookout
    Torridon: Craig
    Sutherland: The Schoolhouse, Glencoul, StrathChailleach
    Brecon Beacons: Grwyne Fawr
    Mid-Wales: Nant Syddian
    Snowdonia: Arenig Fawr
    Carneddau: Dulyn
    Lake District: Warnscale Head, Mosedale Cottage
    Pennines: Greg's Hut
    Borders: Kershopehead

    Well illustrated with colour maps and excellent photos.

    By Phoebe Smith.

    Card cover, 17cm x 11.5 cm, 240 pages.

    First edition 2015, reprinted with updates 2016.

    ISBN: 978-1-85284-756-2.

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