New bothy opens at Glen Kin­glas

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE Moun­tain Both­ies As­so­ci­a­tion has opened a new unit in Glen Kin­glas in Argyll.

Thanks to the ef­forts of 50 vol­un­teers over a three-week pe­riod, the build­ing known as Abyssinia, on Strone Es­tate, has been con­verted into a bothy and is now avail­able for use.

There are still a few jobs left to do, in­clud­ing un­block­ing the chim­ney, and it is hoped these will be tack­led dur­ing the sum­mer. In the mean­time, guests are ad­vised not to use the fire.

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.

Founded in 1965, the Moun­tain Both­ies As­so­ci­a­tion (MBA) ex­ists to main­tain re­mote build­ings for which the owner has lit­tle or no use, yet re­main im­por­tant to walk­ers and oth­ers who make use of the shel­ter they pro­vide.

The sin­gle-storey bothy is si­t­u­ated 4km up a pri­vate es­tate road. Vis­i­tors are asked not to take ve­hi­cles onto the es­tate road and, dur­ing the stalk­ing sea­son, to com­ply with ad­vice which will be posted both at the road end and in the bothy.

The MBA thanked the landowner of Strone Es­tate.

The bothy is now avail­able for use by walk­ers and climbers.

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