Bothy vandalism – part of the social history of the hills?

Bothy vandalism is a deplorable act, the sort of behaviour that can lead ultimately to the closure of a remote upland refuge. But is it also an important part of the social history of the hills? Read more…

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Cairngorms bothy book

Bothies cover - 2 cairngormsAfter a longer than planned gestation period, the second of my guides to Scotland’s bothies – Bothies, Huts & Howffs in the Hills – Cairngorms National Park is now available.

Taking the same format as the first book in the series – Bothies, Huts & Howffs in the Hills – Perthshire & Angus – it is a comprehensive listing of open bothies, unlocked huts and howffs within the Cairngorms National Park. It includes popular shelters like Corrour and Ryvoan alongside less well known refuges like Coyles Cottage and the Garrocher Hut with its fine wooden privy! Chapters cover Lost Bothies, Royal Bothies and the famous Secret Howff.

The book is available as an ebook and paperback from Amazon.

If you are planning a trip into the mountains and glens of Angus or Perthshire, Bothies, Huts & Howffs in the Hills – Perthshire & Angus offers ideas on places to stay in the great outdoors.


Reindeer Man

Once-extinct sea eagles and beavers have both been returned to the Scottish countryside in recent years. However, the reintroduction of previously native species is nothing new. The mountains of the Cairngorms bear witness to this for they have been home to Britain’s only free-ranging reindeer herd for over 50 years. Read more…