Discover some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Scotland with this Scottish bothy guide. Winner of Travel Guidebook of the Year, this is the first complete guide to all 81 official Mountain Bothy Association (MBA) bothies as well as 16 other spots discovered through years of research and travel.
Unique Scottish accommodation
Bothies can be anything from abandoned crofts or farmsteads to shepherd's cottages and viking longhouses, often in hidden and unsigned locations. Those in the MBA have been taken over, and often renovated, to provide free basic accommodation for walkers, ramblers, adventurers, campers and anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty and ruggedness of the Scottish countryside.
The guide includes details of what to bring with you and discusses important issues like maps and navigation, medical conditions, weather, emergencies, bothying in winter and crossing rivers. Practical hillcraft knowledge is dispensed throughout as the author has been bothying and exploring the wild lands of Scotland for several years.
The description of the terrain will help you identify which bothies are right for you, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned rambler or mountaineer. Helpful quick reference lists include the top 5 bothies for:
Immerse yourself in the Scottish countryside
Bothies are very basic accommodation, usually without electricity, running water or toilets (although those with toilets are helpfully identified). They are meant to provide a dry place to sleep while you are exploring the beautiful landscapes of Scotland and this free exploration is made possible by the Scottish Right to Roam. Between the bothy system and the Right to Roam, Scotland is the perfect place to go back to basics.
How to use the Scottish Bothies Guide
Overview maps at the beginning of each region pinpoint the locations of the bothies as well as giving their name and the page number they are listed on for easy reference.
Practical information is easy to find and includes: Size of bothy and sleeping arrangements, GPS coordinates in format: LAT/LONG 51.079967, 1.13885, grid reference, elevation and relevant OS Landranger map number at the beginning of the listing.
Each listing includes a one line description followed by the year the bothy was taken over by the Mountain Bothy Association. A fuller, more detailed description of the layout and history of the building and the ease or difficulty of reaching the bothy follows.
The need to bring fuel or where to find it is indicated in information boxes, as are walking distance and times, terrain and parking areas, with one or two possible walking routes, starting from the nearest car park.
The key attractions for each bothy are given as well as public transportation options and any special note, for example if a bothy is occupied or locked during stalking or lambing seasons.
Want to see more of Scotland?
See our publication Sea View Camping Scotland, Highlands and Islands for campsites with beautiful views around the Scottish coast and lochs.
See the Charles Tait guides for fantastically detailed information about the different regions of Scotland with must-see sights and information on how to get there.
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