Could you forgo the power-shower and home comforts for a night in the most basic accommodation?
We hope you trust us when we say it’s worth it.
We think a bothy experience is one not to be missed. It provides a fantastic opportunity which is open to anyone who fancies an escape to a remote and isolated destination. There are about 100 of these shelters in mountainous areas of the UK. Most are located in the Highlands of Scotland and Northern Britain but there are a few in Wales too.
The mountain bothy association (MBA) is a charity that maintains these buildings (with the owners’ permission). The bothies are unlocked, free and available to anyone who turns up (although take a tent in the unlikely event that it is full). Don’t expect running water, electricity, gas, or even a loo. You will often find logs or wood to chop though so you can at least light the fire to stay warm.
Here in the UK we may not have a sophisticated system of prebooking mountain huts and lodges like you often get when planning walking trips abroad. We do things differently here and we think we are lucky to have these incredible ‘shepherds huts’ in our beautiful mountainous areas of Britain. So test those survival skills, leave the Wi-Fi behind and escape for a night or two in a refuge in an incredible location here in the UK.