The association cares for almost 100 rudimentary shelters

The association cares for almost 100 rudimentary shelters

A new book charting the progress of the charity that looks after almost 100 mountain shelters has been published as the organisation approaches its 50th anniversary.

The Mountain Bothies Association book tells the story of how Bernard Heath formed the Association 50 years ago.

It recalls how some of the buildings which are today’s bothies were found and tells the history of some of these buildings and of the folk that lived in them.

An association spokesperson said: “It includes tales of work parties, some of which have found their way into MBA folklore, and shows that although materials and methods of working may have changed, the enthusiasm of volunteers has not.

“Illustrated by photographs, line drawings and cartoons, it is a celebration of 50 years of activity by volunteers who take delight in maintaining simple shelters in remote country for the use and benefit of all who love wild and lonely places.”

The charity, which has about 3,400 members, marks its 50th anniversary next year.

It undertakes the restoration and maintenance of a number 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. Many of the buildings that are cared for by the MBA would otherwise have become derelict.

The Association currently looks after almost 100 bothies. All of the restoration and maintenance work is undertaken by volunteers and is financed by member subscriptions and by donations.

The MBA book is available for £10, including postage and packing, from Jill Dhanjal, 85 Hogarth Drive, Cupar, Fife KY15 5YU. All profits will go to furthering the work of the association.

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