The Mountain Bothy Association has announed the opening of a new bothy in Glen Kinglas. Among the mountains that can be climbed from it are the Munros Beinn Ime, Ben Vorlich, Beinn Narnain and Ben Vane as well as Corbetts such as the Cobbler, Beinn Luibhean and Binnein an Fhidhleir.
Neil Stewart from the MBA said, “Thanks to the efforts of 50 volunteers over a 3 week period, the building known as Abyssinia in Glen Kinglas in Argyll has been converted into a bothy and is now available for use. We are extremely grateful to Strone estate for allowing us to renovate and maintain this building and for the assistance that they gave us both before and during the work party. While the bothy is now open for use, there are a few jobs left to do including unblocking the chimney! It is hoped that these will be tackled during the summer.”
Work undertaken by the volunteers included strengthening the gable wall, pointing the walls, repainting the roof, partitioning the existing single room into two rooms, replacing a window with a door into the new room, installing a wooden floor, installing a ceiling in the main bothy area, and digging a drainage channel.
The single storey bothy is situated 4km up a private estate road at Grid reference OS Map 56, NN 256 117. Vehicles are not allowed on this road. Abyssinia is the third new bothy to be opened by the MBA in 2017, following Flittingford in the Kielder Forest and Cae Amos in Snowdonia
The MBA is a charity established in 1965. With the consent and support of their owners, the Association 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. The Association currently looks after 102 bothies (82 in Scotland, 11 in England and 9 in Wales). All of the restoration and maintenance work is undertaken by volunteers and is financed by member subscriptions and by donations and legacies. The work of the Association was recognised by the award of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2015.