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Mountain Bothies Association


A recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the Mountain Bothies Association is a charity which maintains about 100 open shelters in some of the remoter parts of Great Britain.

With the permission and support of the owners, these shelters are unlocked and are available for anyone to use. All of our maintenance activities are carried out by volunteers. We welcome new members who want to support our work, either by attending work parties or by contributing financially through subscriptions and donations.


There are only a few days left to complete the members online survey. This closes on 31 May.

Although the survey should only take you a few minutes to complete, the feedback that you give us will be invaluable. We need to know what is important to MBA members when deciding how best to take forward the work of the Association.

STILL AVAILABLE! Mountain Bothies - Celebrating 50 Years of the MBA

The book costs £10 per copy including postage and packaging. All profits from its sale will go towards furthering the work of the Association. 
Please make cheques payable to the Mountain Bothies Association and send to the address noted on the link below. Or click on the link below to find out how to pay electronically.
Available here

Want to attend a work party?

You will be very welcome- please see information about upcoming work parties in the Maintenance News section. There are currently workparties planned for Guirdil, Rum (West Highlands), Strathchailleach (Northern Highlands), Over Phawhope and White Laggan (Southern Scotland), Greg's Hut (North England), and Dubs Hut (Lake District) as well as at our major new project at Abyssinia in Argyll.

Want to stay in a bothy?  Have a look at our FAQ's for further information.

MBA Members : Would you rather have an e-version of the Newsletter and the Annual Report and Accounts?   If you would rather read such publications on the website, contact mba@hendersonblack.co.uk

Bothies currently unavailable

Ruigh Aiteachain is currently closed whilst a major refurbishment by the Estate is underway.  It is not expected to re-open before summer 2017. We will post again here as soon as know that the bothy has reopened.

Wainhope (Kielder Forest) is now closed until September due to the annual visit of breeding ospreys

Culra Bothy is now closed permanently - a professional asbestos survey found the building unsafe for use.  

2015 Annual Report and Accounts

The 2015 Trustees report and Accounts can be viewed here.

Member login and Membership Renewal (User name and Password) 

MBA members please note that the log-in details for the "Members Section" of this site (which includes the on-line membership renewal facility) are noted on page 2 of the latest Newsletter.