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Mountain Bothies Association

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The Mountain Bothies Association is a charity which maintains about 100 shelters in some of the remoter parts of the UK.

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.

Most of the MBA bothies are in Scotland with others in England and Wales.

Mountain Bothies - Celebrating 50 Years of the MBA

The MBA will be 50 in 2015 and to mark the occasion, we have compiled an anniversary book. It tells the story of how Bernard Heath formed the Association 50 years ago. It recalls how some of the buildings which are today’s bothies were found. It includes tales of work parties, some of which have found their way into MBA folklore, and shows that although materials and methods of working may have changed, the enthusiasm of volunteers has not. Illustrated by photographs, line drawings and cartoons, it is a celebration of 50 years of activity by our volunteers who take delight in maintaining simple shelters in remote country for the use and benefit of all who love wild and lonely places.
The book will cost £10 per copy including postage and packaging. All profits from its sale will go towards furthering the work of the Association.
Watch this space for details of the publication date and how you can obtain a copy.


Want to stay in a bothy? Please note that many bothies are in remote locations. You should be proficient in map and compass if you intend to visit and able to get yourself out of any difficult situation that might arise. Have a look at our FAQ's for further information.

Want to join a work party? See the Workparty Diary for a full list and details of our planned work parties over the coming months.  We welcome all volunteers and you do not need to be a member of the MBA to join in.

MBA Members : Would you rather have an e-version of the Newsletter and the Annual Report and Accounts?

It is a legal requirement that you tell us if you do not want us to send you a paper copy of notifications from the company. If you would rather read such publications on the website, contact mba@hendersonblack.co.uk

 

Bothies currently unavailable

Culra Bothy is now closed - a recent professional asbestos survey has found the building unsafe for use.    It is likely the building will need to be demolished and rebuilt.  Further information will be posted on the website as soon as we know anything. 

Faindouran Lodge remains in a dangerous condition as a result of a chimney stack and wall collapse and should not be used. Work to rectify this situation will be carried out shortly.

Oban bothy, at the head of Loch Morar, is now locked for the stalking season and will re-open on 20th February 2015

Other seasonal closures are noted on the individual bothy pages.

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.  In case of difficulty, please contact the Web Editorial team (not the membership office) through the "Contact Us" section of this site.