Bothy: Greensykes

Grid Ref: LR79: NT 312 000

Location: Southern Scotland

C Horton

The easiest way on foot or by bike to Greensykes is via the farm track running up the west side of  the Meggat Water Glen from the roadhead at Glendinning. The Bothy is situated approximately 2 miles up the Glen, a 45 to50 minute walk.

Glendinning should not be confused with Jamestown, the southernmost group of buildings close by; vehicles should not be parked adjacent to these buildings. There is a car park hardstanding Immediately over the bridge at Glendinning, adjacent to the river bank (GR LT 79 NT298969), where vehicles should be parked. This car park is private land and technically part of a working farmyard; vehicles are parked there at their owner’s risk.

The MBA has right of access to Greensykes on foot or by bicycle using the track up the west side of Meggat Water Glen. Please do not leave gates open if they are found to be closed. The forest gate at GR LT 79 NT 308998) is currently padlocked and a step stile will shortly be installed to facilitate access to the forest area.

The farm track heading north up from Glendinning is a private road and strictly intended for the use of farm vehicles such as tractors and quad bikes. A notice displayed at Glendinning clearly states that there is no unauthorised vehicular access to Greensykes. The same restriction applies to the access track past Corlaw  (GR LT79 NT 310979) and Bushey Knowe (GR LT 79 NT 317997).

An alternative access to Greensykes, again on foot or by bicycle, is via the forest roads of the Eskdalemuir forest. Unauthorised vehicular access leading to Greensykes Bothy via forest tracks in that area is not permitted and such tracks are closed by padlocked barriers,

Following incidents in early 2018 which resulted in damage to farm property and trespass around Glendinning Farm, Police Scotland now make community policing visits to the Meggat Water Glen area during the week, and which includes weekends. Such visits may include visits to the bothy itself. Vehicles parked overnight at Glendinning may be subject to a police check, and in such cases owners are recommended to leave a note of their whereabouts prominently displayed in the vehicle.

Finally please leave no litter ANYWHERE when you visit Greensykes! What you carry in you should carry out!”


Bothy Features

  • Multi-fuel stove
  • Open fire
  • Composting toilet

Bothy Gallery

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Bothy Map


Bothies in the Southern Scotland

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