Following news of the autumn/winter closure of An Cladach bothy including discussions on Walkhighlands, the Mountain Bothy Association have issued this statement:
“Dunlossit Estate, the owners of An Cladach bothy on Islay, have asked us to clarify both the parking arrangements for visitors to the building and the arrangements for contacting the estate during the stalking season. We have agreed that the bothy will be closed from 1 September to 1 March each year commencing September 2020.”
“The estate have emphasised that regardless of any advice that intending visitors might have been given in guide books or elsewhere, they 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org“
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors to all of the bothies that we maintain of the need to observe any conditions that the owners impose on their use and also that they follow the Bothy Code. Information about each of the bothies and about the Code can be found on our website.”
The Mountain Bothy Association 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. The work of the Association was recognised by the award of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2015.