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Scottish Bothy Bible: The complete guide to Scotland s bothies and how to reach them

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An original spin on the gangster crime novel and helps makes this book an original and compelling tale.

Information provided in books, magazines and social media platforms may be incorrect, misleading or out of date. What I really like is the author gives honest accounts of the places, if one is a bit run down, you know about it before you go so you’re not expecting 5* luxury at the end of your walk. The Bothy succeeds on its own modest terms: there are no strained topical hooks or cod philosophical musings, just plenty of violence and dread.Who needs feather beds and five-star luxury when a real wilderness experience is there for the taking? The format is a good one, with each bothy having a main piece of text complemented by bite-sized snippets and information panels. I know that’s TV, but bothies being filled to over brimming because of guide book tourists would be a real shame. Some of the bothies featured can be reached in a half day's walk, on easy to follow bridleways and paths; others require technical and/or navigation skills, especially in winter, with some river crossings or scrambling.

Not everything was tied up in a neat bow, but I wouldn’t expect any book with gangsters to be pretty. I’ve always been of the view that we look after bothies for everyone, and not just a small clique of those deemed worthy. Scattered across Scotland s most beautiful landscapes, these evocative abandoned crofts and farmsteads are free to stay in and offer a chance to experience the ultimate in wild adventure living. The 26 bothies reviewed in The Book of the Bothy are extremely varied and represent Phoebe's personal selection of some of the best in Britain.The majority of Bothies are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association are were relatively secret until a few years ago.

You can also help by reporting the condition of Bothies you visit, especially if you notice any problems. A real strength of the book is the manner in which the author sets out the social and community history of the various bothies. Firstly the pictures themselves are brilliant, and a brief history is given in relation to the bothy. Aye, you’ll notice a huge difference between the ‘Glendar’ Shiel she describes in the book and the one that’s there now. Geoff Allan guides the reader on a mix of day walks and multi-day adventures to his favourite bothies, highlighting the incredible wildlife, geography, history and culture that you can find along the way.

Suileag would be a superb base from which to explore the mountains of Assynt, particularly Suilven, a popular peak for good reasons. Now and again the owner of a particular bothy may impose restrictions on the use of their property, such as during the deer stalking season in Scotland or during lambing.

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