Bothies of the Southern Upland Way

Published 21 January 2012

A basic shelter which is usually left unlocked and is available for anyone to use and stay in, free of charge. That’s the definition of a bothy, often used by walkers to stay overnight when walking and there’s no “proper” accommodation to stay in.

The Southern Upland Way, a 212 mile walking route across the Scottish Lowlands, has six such bothies and in the summer of 2011 I visited each one. This video is about them.

I’d never stayed in a bothy before, and the four I stayed in provided me with a fantastic (if slightly chilly) experience.

Note: since this video was published, Minch Moor Bothy has been demolished and as such, is no longer available to sleep in.

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