Thursday 17th October 2019, 1:57pm
The Mountain Bothies Association has announced that access to An Cladach Bothy on Islay has changed.
Starting from next year, the bothy will be closed for part of each year, from 1 September to 1 March.
Dunlossit Estate, the owners of An Cladach bothy, have also asked people to note the parking arrangements for visitors to the building and the arrangements for contacting the estate during the stalking season.
The estate has emphasised that regardless of any advice given in guide books or elsewhere, visitors to the bothy should only park in the small car park at Ballygrant Hall and should walk in from there. They have also asked that before accessing the area during the period between August 2019 and February 2020 inclusive, visitors should contact the Estate Office on 01496 840232 or at - email@example.com
The MBA has reminded visitors to all of the bothies that it maintains of the need to observe any conditions that the owners impose on their use and also to follow the Bothy Code. Information about each of the bothies and about the Code can be found on the website at www.mountainbothies.org.uk/
The MBA is a charity, established in 1965, and with around 4,300 members. With the consent and support of their owners, it undertakes the restoration and maintenance of old cottages, huts and similar buildings throughout the wilder parts of Scotland, England and Wales for use as open shelters for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts. It currently maintains 105 bothies and two emergency shelters, 86 in Scotland, 12 in northern England and 9 in Wales.