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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 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 is 50 years old 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 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.
Want to stay in a bothy? 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? If you would rather read such publications on the website, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Wainhope, closed until late August due to osprey breeding season.
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.
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Penrhos Work Party
Painting windows August 14th-16th
Additional Workparty 25-26 July
Workparty 5-6 Sept
26 - 29 June