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MBA concerned at commercial use of bothies

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The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) has issued a reminder to commercial organisations that they must not use bothies that are maintained by the Association without first securing the consent of the owner.

The MBA maintain a number of buildings in remote areas for use as shelters open to all. These buildings do not belong to the MBA, they remain in private ownership. From time to time, there is evidence, either in the form of actual use or in advertising, that some of these bothies are being used by commercial organisations as overnight accommodation for their clients. Such use is not a permitted activity under the MBA’s agreements with the owners of these buildings unless that owner has given specific permission.

Unauthorised commercial use of bothies places the good relations that the MBA has with the owners under some strain and may even result in closure of a bothy. It is also unfair to legitimate users arriving at the bothy who may have difficulty finding space, being made unwelcome or even rejected as has happened in some cases.

Commercial organisations that wish to use bothies to accommodate their clients or for any other purpose must obtain permission from the owner of the building. In most cases, the bothy owner is the estate owner. Organisations having difficulty finding bothy owner contact details can send a message with appropriate details to the MBA website and the MBA will try to help.

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