Culra Bothy, facing demolition. Photo: Gerald Davison CC-BY-SA-2.0

Culra Bothy, facing demolition. Photo: Gerald Davison CC-BY-SA-2.0

Walkers and climbers have been warned not to use a Highland bothy after asbestos was found in the building.

The Mountain Bothies Association, which maintains Culra Bothy on the Ben Alder estate, said it should only be used in an extreme emergency.

It is likely the shelter will have to be knocked down, the charity said.

MBA spokesman Neil Stewart said: “Following a professional survey, the association has been advised that asbestos is present in the fabric of the building and that the bothy is unsafe for public use.

“Culra is therefore closed with immediate effect.

“Discussions are ongoing about the future of the building but it is most likely that it will need to be demolished.

“Notices will be placed on the building as soon as the association is able to get them there. The building is currently unlocked and may remain unlocked but should not be used except in extreme emergency.”

Part of the building, south-west of Dalwhinnie, was closed in December 2011 after winds blew off the roof.

It came back into use the following month after its owners made repairs to the roof.

The bothy lies close to Culra Lodge in the shadow of Ben Alder, at grid reference NN 523 762.

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