Firstly upon getting the book it is full colour. Here she records the beauty to be seen in living landscapes, the wildlife to be alert for and all the richness of people encountered… and some may surprise. The notion that landowners, who will make no money from it, will leave one of their buildings unlocked for walkers, climbers or outdoor enthusiasts to sleep in can sound bizarre. We had highland cattle, sheep and deer on the door step, seals on the rocks and a sea eagle overhead. Each bothy is given a map showing the location and route in, some photos, a descriptive text talking abut access routes, history, facilities and so on. A welcoming fire ablaze in its lonely grate but weirdly no-one else was there and although I expected someone to turn-up any minute no-one did, I had the entire place to myself but I never quite shook off that Mary Celeste feeling! As the wise Hannah said — we may never meet, but through these bothies we will be connected, a network of travellers and adventurers created through these pages. With captivating histories, detailed route descriptions and practical hillcraft knowledge, this is your essential guide to wild adventure living.
Changes may have taken place over the years, with health and safety legislation being addressed, complaints procedures being established and company status being updated. Alongside notes on legends and landscape, wildlife and history, the book is full of expert guidance and tips on how to make use of bothies, from packing lists to bothy etiquette and the best walking routes in. Hopefully our next bothy experience will be a nice one! Outside there is off-road parking just beside the house and being all on one level, it is also an excellent choice for those of limited mobility. With three normal windows and three roof windows, the whole living area is flooded with light, further enhanced by the light décor and wood flooring. The kind of person hell-bent on destroying a bothy is certainly not going to bother with a book when they can find the location of just about any bothy in the country with a quick search on Google. Top Bothies by Category The best bothies for Munros, beaches, seclusion, families and beginners, wildlife, romantic hideaways, wild and remote and stunning scenery. The bothy building, rooms and facilities are described in detail and nearby hills are listed too.
To the north east, less than an hour will bring you to the East Lothian coast, with sandy beaches, surfing and, of course, the famous golf courses at Luffness, Gullane and Muirfield. But within that, it was a personal choice — bothies, much like mountain summits or waterproof jackets, are subjective. The sleeping platform sleeps four comfortably; the floor space sleeps many more. Thanks to for this review. Respect the Bothy Tell us about any accidental damage. The interior has been most comfortably and attractively appointed to make a perfect haven for two people.
Perhaps there's a sense in the modern world that a system set up to provide visitors with free accommodation in some of the most remote corners of Scotland is simply too good to be true? Most don't have toilets and no running water so is basically a step up from a tent. Where can I find them? The bothy book Safety issues Etiquette Traditions How you can help What to take when bothying A note on fuel The best bothies — or why these 26? We suspect that Phoebe Smith's book will result in more people visiting and staying in bothies, both those she covers and others, but given the effort needed to reach many of them, she's unlikely to cause an accommodation crisis anytime soon. Scotland 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 Sandwood Estate StrathChailleach Wales Brecon Beacons Grwyne Fawr Mid-Wales Nant Syddian Snowdonia Arenig Fawr Carneddau Dulyn England Lake District Warnscale Head Mosedale Cottage Pennines Cross Fell Northumberland Kershopehead Growing up on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, in North Wales, Phoebe Smith was bitten by the outdoor bug early. Please remember bothies are available for short stays only. Perhaps there's a sense in the modern world that a system set up to provide visitors with free accommodation in some of the most remote corners of Scotland is simply too good to be true? We've come across fictional and non-fictional accounts of climbers and walkers in which bothies are visited, but we are pretty sure we've never previously encountered a book that is actually about bothies. These entries definitely helped to break up the more factual information bits that the rest of the book brings, as do the lovely full-colour pics of course, even if common themes do pop-up in them, such as talk of the mice that also live at the bothies, and the author's frustration when she realised she would have to share with others who arrived before her but then it turned out alright anyway. However, there is really no need to travel far to find plenty to see and do.
Many of these tales reveal the difficulties of life in past years in some of Britain's remotest outposts. One that I might rate highly, others may never want to stay at. However, the arrival of cheaper vehicles, agricultural machinery and greater transport links meant there was no longer a need for people to reside in these far-flung corners of the country. The Bothy at Ivy Cottage was a warm, comfortable haven which we looked forward to returning to each evening. I would rather pay more rent for the week and have enough wood and coal there. Completely free to use, these secretive refuges can be life-savers, quick stops and destinations in themselves.
Hidden away in the hills and mountains of England, Scotland and Wales - for years known only to a lucky few - is a network of huts, cottages and shelters. Somewhere you could go and stay tomorrow and not pay a penny for the privilege. But it was not to be. Completely free to use, these secretive refuges can be life-savers, quick stops and destinations in themselves. From reading the first page, I couldn't put it down.
At the fork take the path on your left as it bears south. Even for those who have no inclination to take to the hills, The Book of the Bothy makes a compelling read. Respect Agreement with the Estate Please observe any restrictions on use of the bothy, for example during stag stalking or at lambing time. Here, you are very much midway between the lovely countryside of the Borders, with superb walking, biking, riding and fishing. Just outside the village is Thirlestane Castle, which is open to the public. Either way, soon the music was replaced by conversation as he and Matt talked well into the night. Respect the Surroundings If there is no toilet at the bothy please bury human waste out of sight.
And not just Scotland, of the 26 bothies discussed in detail between the covers of this book, 16 are in Scotland, 4 are in England and 4 are in Wales. But first, perhaps, I should rewind. Phoebe Smith brings the great bothy resource to life and reminds us of a cultural truth close to the centre of our humanity — that the provision of shelter is to be freely given to needy travellers who pass among us. Make other visitors welcome and be considerate to other users. Hidden away in the hills and mountains of England, Scotland and Wales - for years known only to a lucky few - is a network of huts, cottages and shelters. It's well laid out and even gives you information on the traditions and etiquette of using them so I feel confident in using my first one.
The stylish kitchen area, with its feature black and white tiling, is modern and well-equipped with the dining area handily situated right alongside. Each bothy is given a map showing the location and route in, some photos, a descriptive text talking abut access routes, history, facilities and so on. The double bedroom is elegant and well-furnished with all that guests will need in terms of comfort and storage. Inspiring and fun, the book showcases bothies in Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, Lake District, Pennines, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and Northumberland, and is a personal celebration of the world of bothying. This delightful little house is tucked away at the north end of the village, un-overlooked and in its own enclosed garden, it is sunny, secluded and very peaceful.