After visiting Oban we travelled to the end of a minor highland road in the dark to start the walk into the bothy. Years ago we were all keen bothy baggers, collecting them like badges, when it was still a magic art to find them and the outcome was never certain visiting a new building... as to its exact location and if it would even be there intact or just a hovel or worse...not there at all. Now the MBA ones are all on a list and the main uncertainty is if it will be too busy to stay in for a weekend if situated in a popular location. I'm slightly conflicted over bothies these days as I enjoyed them while they were still empty and my preference now is to just visit the remaining secret ones I haven't been to yet as they still give me the biggest thrill. However, as a blogger I cant post these and even the well known MBA ones, in my own personal opinion, lost some of that magic, with the internet outing their locations. For this reason I prefer not to name them on the blog, even the MBA ones. This might seem selfish but once anything gets too popular and "trendy" or "fashionable" it tends to put me right off it. I also feel some responsibility not to add unnecessarily to the current media wave of interest in bothies with several recent programmes marketing them more like remote "shabby chic- slumming it, cool hang out free hotels" rather than what they were originally intended to be. In my own way I'm just trying to get some of that early mystery and magic back again. It's a different age now though and maybe I'm just stuck in the past on this issue
Just a thought :o)
Some more views of Scotland in fine weather. Like most things in life, remote controlled drones have a variety of different connotations, meanings and uses, depending on where you live. If you are one of the lucky countries they capture peaceful images like this and have a camera as the payload. A truly stunning short film that deserves a wide audience and a lot of work and effort to create these shots. He has others on You Tube. Best watched full screen. (On the downside, if unmanned drones get too popular or are used irresponsibly by non professionals it's just one more more thing to worry about for our already stressed out wildlife. Truly no hiding places left now.
Having seen tonight's news, thoughts go out to all those affected by severe flooding in Scotland, Carlisle and The Lake District. An almost yearly occurrence in Britain these days over a wide area every winter.