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Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Forgotten Scottish bothies unearthed courtesy an impressive book

Bothies can be described as a basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge. They might look like a country cottage from outside, but from inside it’s all together a different story. With no running water, no gas, no electricity, no bathroom and no beds to sleep on, these basic lodgings require a special kind of passion for sure.

They are found in remote, mountainous areas and are particularly common in the Scottish Highlands. Bothies were primarily built for shepherds in the 18th century but many were abandoned by late 19th century, when rural workers left for Glasgow to find work in the factories.

Bothying grew popular as a hobby after the Second World War when people started participated in ‘Munro bagging’, an activity where they set out to hike every mountain over 3,000ft. Unfortunately, by 1960s, many of these bothies crumbled into ruin due to their misuse and lack of maintenance.

In response to this, a group of like-minded, bothy-lovers got together and formed ‘Mountain Bothies Association’, to renovate and preserve them for the upcoming generations. Currently, they are maintaining 81 bothies scattered around the Scottish highlands. All these bothies are visited by maintenance officials two to three times in a year to ensure that they are kept in good conditions for hillwalkers.

Till now, the whereabouts of these bothies was not disclosed for the fear of making them overcrowded, but Geoff Allan, a surveyor from Suffolk, who has spent six years researching and photographing each bothy, reveled Scotland’s best-kept secret through his book ‘The Scottish Bothy Bible’.

He was bit concerned about publishing his book in the beginning because he doubted it might offend the bothy community by revealing the secret locations, but to his surprise the response from them was quite positive regarding his book and its content.

The book unveils the location of 80 of these bothies which are located in untouched landscapes of North Scotland, and are completely free to be used as shelters by anyone. The Scottish Bothy Bible, has got its consent from the community and is available for general mass with a price tag of $20 USD (approx.) for a copy of the book.

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

This bothy is located at Ryvoan and can house 4 indivisuals

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Located at Suileag on the Northern Highlands

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

These basic shelters require a special kind of passion for sure

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Fire is the only way-out to beat the chill in bothies

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

This medium sized bothy is located Leacraithnaich on an ancient site

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

This one is a stunning bothy located in Scottland

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Luib Chonnal bothy in the Central Highlands offers refuge to couples

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Located in Shenavall the bothy has plenty of sleeping space

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Bothy in Oban on the Western Highlands offers a riverside walk

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Bothy at Glencoul has plenty of water for hillwalkers

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Bothy at at Luib Chonnal in the Central Highlands can be reached on foot only

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Bothy at Staoineag on the Central Highlands is freezing cold

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Beautiful mountain home in the wilderness

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Tarf Hotel in Feith Uaine offers guests room service and central heating system

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Renovated and preserved for the upcoming generations

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Primarily built for shepherds in the 18th century

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

This medium sized bothy is located in Leacraithnaich

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

By 1960s, many of these bothies crumbled into ruin due to their misuse

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

A group of like-minded, bothy-lovers got organized and formed ‘Mountain Bothies Association’

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Pictured above is a bothy in Strabeg on the Northern Highlands

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

Scottish bothies by The Scottish Bothy Bible

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