A bothy next to a loch in autumn in Scotland


Bothies are small, basic shelters that are found in remote areas of Scotland. They are often located in places such as mountains, in forests, or on the coast, and they are designed to provide basic shelter for hikers, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

A Scottish bothy is typically a small, one-room building that is equipped with basic amenities, such as a fireplace, a water source, and a sleeping platform. They are often maintained by voluntary organizations, such as the Mountain Bothies Association, and they are free to use for anyone who needs shelter in the outdoors.

Bothies are an important resource for outdoor enthusiasts in Scotland, and they provide a safe and comfortable place to rest and recharge. They are particularly useful in inclement weather, when the risk of hypothermia or other dangers is increased. A bothy also a great way to experience the remote beauty of Scotland, and to connect with the land and its history.

There are approximately 100 bothies in Scotland, according to the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), which is the main organization that maintains bothies in the country and also provides information and advice to bothy users. The MBA is a voluntary organization that was founded in 1965, and its mission is to maintain and preserve bothies for the benefit of the public. They are found in a variety of locations across Scotland, including in the Highlands, the Lowlands, and on the islands. Why not try one of our Bothy Nichts scented candles.

bothy in Scotland next to a stone beach
a bothy in Scotland by some woodland
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