The Cairngorms is on track for a new MBA bothy – the former keeper’s cottage at Ruighe Ealasaid, often referred to as Red House (NO 002869).
An empty shell of a building, Ruighe Ealasaid, which sits by the Geldie Burn, was built in the early 19th century to house a shepherd and his family. Following land clearances, it was remodelled as a gamekeeper’s cottage but was abandoned in the first half of the 20th century and was used as a bothy until it deteriorated to the point where it was no longer habitable or safe.
A wooden shed to the rear has long since disappeared (I recall in the mid 1980s spending a night sheltering under the corrugated iron roof of the shed which, with the walls gone, had been fashioned into a makeshift bothy) and the cottage – so called because of its red corrugated iron roof – now sits derelict. In 2000 work was undertaken to repair and stabilise the structure and, after a lengthy period of uncertainty over its future, it now looks highly likely that it will be adopted by the MBA.
The association has been holding talks with the Mar Lodge Estate (owned by the National Trust for Scotland), plans are in the process of being drawn up and, if approved, work is due to begin later this year (2017).
For a picture of Ruighe Ealasaid, click here.
Comment accepted but a very worthwhile project, whenever it comes to fruition.