Bothy: Lookout (Rubha Hunish)

Grid Ref: LR23: NG 412 765

Location: North West Highlands & Islands


Cameron McMurdo

No fireplace or stove, no drinking water at bothy or on the headland, but water may be obtained at Trotternish Art Gallery, Solitote. NG 428 742. Small bothy with accommodation for three.
Please park in the new car park above the phone kiosk, by the cattle grid.

Beware of steep cliff face in front of bothy.

Kilmuir Estate.

Historical Note
The Lookout is a former coastguard watch station. The front part of the building –the watch room –was built in 1928 by Macleans of Mull. It is equipped with a large bay window enjoying commanding views out over the Minch. Over the years, advances in radio communication meant that the building was no longer required for its original purpose and it has been a bothy since the mid-70’s. It was taken over by the MBA in 2006 and renovated in memory of David J J Brown, an MBA member who was a frequent visitor of the North West of Scotland.
In it’s solitude atop the cliffs of Rubha Hunnish, the bothy has a spectacular view over the Minch, the Isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. In the wee hours of the morning you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins from it’s large, panoramic windows.

Information board PDF


Bothy Features

  • Small Bothy
  • No Fire or Stove
  • Water unreliable

Bothy Gallery

Click the thumbnails below for an enlargement.

Bothy Map


Bothies in the North West Highlands & Islands

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