It's delightful that such a wonderful place can be kept free for public use and is treated with respect by the few who visit it. It has few amenities, pretty much just shelter from the elements, but that counts for a lot when you're self-propelled in the Scottish weather.
You can rent a number of them from the Forest Service. The ones I have stayed in offer an amazing view and some of the best night skies I have ever seen.
Way back in the day, friends and I used to live in them, on an itinerant basis. Everything that I owned was saturated with woodsmoke. Some city friends would joke that they didn't need to look in the mailbox to know if they'd received a letter from me. They could smell it at some distance ;)
And apparently one of the updates added a free roam mode. Which I can only assume I missed as I got the game waaaay after free mode was released and being forced along the plot was my only regret.
Fortunately those people were rescued, but walking on the Cairngorm plateau in wintry weather without jackets and other essential gear is a pretty risky thing to do.
I always carry water, a rat pack and an emergency shelter, even if I’m only going for an afternoon hike in the summer - but you’ll often see people herding their kids about like they’re at Disneyland.
I suppose part of it is having had the experience of being stranded without - as a kid I got badly lost in the alps after skiing down the wrong side of a mountain at dusk (I thought it was the same valley the resort was in - it was not), and spent a night in a snow hole by a tree before I found my way to a track. I was fine, a little frostnipped, very exhausted, but it scared the bejesus out of me.
What do you carry for an emergency shelter?
Edit: I take a couple of print outs of OS maps as a backup for my mobile device and normal paper map. More than once I've ended up handing these out to people I've met who have no idea where they are....
There was a piece in the Guardian, also this month, that the MBA is struggling and they may die out unless they start getting some younger volunteers soon. Bothies are volunteer maintained and restored, and the volunteers are apparently aging rapidly.
With lots more photos: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jan/25/mountain-resc...
(I've stayed in some lowland ones, cycling clubs keep them but the best are all mountain high. New Zealand Bach and a French gite are different)
It's a New York newspaper. Even if every Scotsman did know about bothies, which they don't, then it's still relevant for this newspaper isn't it?
It's a terrible attitude to put things down as 'but who doesn't know this already'. I'm sure there are things the author of this article would consider everyone should know that you don't.
Also - the fact that Americans have not taken the time to find out what a Bothy is before now should cause no great offence to anyone. I'm a brit who lived for around a decade in Northumberland and although I know the word bothy I certainly have never seen one.
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
Random aside - the But n ben is also the name of a nice little restaurant a little just outside of Arbroath.
Sure. Up in the hills, for serious climbers and walkers? Different story. But bothies included Shephard's huts, and working mens fishing camps and all kinds of things.
What do you think "the butt and ben" looked like before maw broon got some carpets off the rag and bone man and paw broon got that auld sofa?
If you want to be pedantic, yes the working class lowland "hutters" were different. I guess that's what I'm talking about. Colloquially people call these places bothies. It it's not part of the MBA hill stuff, for sure.
Aren't all bothies privately owned? What other ownership would there be?
NB The default in Scots law is for any building to belong to the landowner even if someone else builds it so even if someone did build a hut somewhere it would still end up being owned by whoever owns the land.
Although there's also private ones as well.
“Little known” should perhaps be “little known in America”?
People reading this article probably have no fucking clue what: oor Willie or the broons what is "the but and Ben" even means. I don't even know how to parse those random combination of words.
A but n ben is a two roomed stone cottage. The cartoon Broons had one.
Thanks, it was worth reading just for that.