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How many Scottish Bothies are there?
Last Updated: 16th March, 2020
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Accordingly, what is a Scottish Bothy?
A bothy is a basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge. It was also a term for basic accommodation, usually for gardeners or other workers on an estate. Bothies are found in remote mountainous areas of Scotland, Northern England, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
Similarly, what is a Bothie used for? Simply put, a bothy is a rudimentary shelter in the wilderness where you can stay for free. Bothy comes from the Gaelic word 'bothan' meaning hut and were originally (and some still are) used for accommodation for farm labourers or estate workers who looked after livestock or crops.
Hereof, do Bothies have toilets?
Some bothies have a sleeping platform but at many you have to sleep on a wooden or concrete floor. Do not expect the bothy to have toilet facilities; you will need to use the spade provided.
How can I stay in Bothy?
Always take a tent or bivvy bag with you in case the bothy is full/closed/ damaged. Or in case the weather is so good you'd rather camp. The whole point of staying in a bothy is to gain access to wilder places, so get there, stay the night, then move on. Any more than two nights in the same place requires permission.