Ever since the first time I visited a Scottish bothy on a very wet day a few years ago, I am a big fan of these very basic mountain shelters. You can find them at the most remote places in the Scottish hills. Often these buildings are very old and with only basic equipment. They differ in size; some offer only place to a table, chairs and a few people, others have a seperate living room and bedroom(s). And the best part: bothies are open to public, to everyone needing a place to rest or seek shelter.
You can find Dalnashallag bothy in one of the most beautiful valleys I have visited in Scotland. We found this bothy on the East Highland Way, between Laggan and Newtonmore. It’s only a small building, with a table, two chairs, two couches and a fireplace. Not very warm, but it was good to have some shelter from the cold winds outside. We thought the bothy was a bit spooky, with it’s walls black from years of smoke, and very thick walls. Silly girls as we are, we tried to pitch up our tent outside, behind the bothy so it wouldn’t be blown away. Mission impossible, so we ended up sleeping on our mats on top of the couches. Not very comfortable, but probably much warmer than outside. We did not see any ghosts, by the way.