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"Dibidil - A Hebridean Adventure"


We have collaborated with the Executors of the Estate of Irvine Butterfield to re-publish “Dibidil- A Hebridean Adventure”. The book tells the story of one of the early MBA work parties- to restore the ruins of Dibidil cottage on the Isle of Rum for use as an open shelter.

The book was originally written in 1972 and published as a limited edition of 500 copies. It quickly sold out. If you are lucky enough to be able to get your hands on a copy it will likely sell for considerably more than the original cover price. It describes the story of the restoration project from its original conception in 1968 through the planning and organisation to the landings of material in near-gale force winds at Easter 1970 to the final successful work party of July 1970 accompanied by midges, clegs, and, inevitably for one of the wettest places in Britain, rain.

The book contains the original text and line drawings. It also includes some new, supplementary text including material by Irvine himself following a 1975 re-visit to the bothy. The black and white pictures in the 1972 version have been reproduced in colour from their original slides.

All profits from the sale of the re-published book will be donated to the Association and used to help our ongoing work in restoring and maintaining open shelters.

“Dibidil – A Hebridean Adventure”, is available now from MBA member Roderick Manson at 33 Cedar Avenue, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH10 6TT at a cost of £8 including postage and packing. It will be officially launched at the AGM at Greenhead on 23 October where you can buy a copy for the bargain price of £6!  Please make cheques payable to Roderick Manson.

The  photographs of the 1970 work party can be viewed HERE on our gallery and a slide show can be viewed HERE.

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