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.

The Book of the Bothy

The Book of the Bothy
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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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