The complete guide to Scotland’s bothies and how to reach them

Included in this ultimate Guide:

Complete listings of all the current bothies maintained by the Mountain Bothy Association, (MBA) plus many other lesser known gems.

Stunning Photography captures the spirit of bothying and pays homage to Scotland’s wild landscape and natural beauty

Detailed descriptions of each bothy, proving a historical background and sense of place, route descriptions, a summary of timing, terrain, and size, plus the nearest hills to climb, and places of interest, from neolithic brochs to waterfalls and crannogs, as well as the best hostelries and cafes to retire to.

Top bothies by category for Munros, beaches and coast, families and beginners, seclusion, wildlife, romantic hideaways, wild and remote settings, and those with the most stunning scenery.

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The Scottish Bothy Bible

The Scottish Bothy Bible is the first complete guide to Scotland’s bothies, the eagerly awaited reference book not only a perfect resource for any bothy fan, but also ideal for anyone happily transported to hidden corners of the country from the comfort of their armchair. A prized, signed and numbered copy of the first edition is only available here.

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Product Description

The Scottish Bothy Bible is the first complete guide to Scotland’s Bothies, the unique network of open crofts, farmsteads and mountain huts found across the country’s wilderness areas, in some amazing out of the way locations. Completely free to use, with no booking system or wardens, bothies vary in size from little more than a wooden cabin, to a former youth hostel housed in a three bedroom cottage. This book is not only a perfect resource for all bothy devotees,but also ideal for anyone happily transported to Scotland’s hidden corners from the comfort of their armchair.

‘an instantly essential addition to the bookshelf’  – Trail March 2017
‘Geoff’s knowledge, expertise and love of bothies shines through’ – Scottish Field March 2017
EXACTLY the book I’d planned to write…cannot help but stir the adventurous blood – Alistair Humphreys

Signed and numbered copies of the first edition are only available here.

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Additional Specifications

Geoff Allan
ISBN-13: 9781910636107
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wild Things Publishing Ltd
Pages: 304

Additional Information

Weight 0.756 kg
Dimensions 21 × 2 × 17.5 cm


  1. :

    Butterfield for Bothies
    ‘Bothying’s masonic code of secrecy was never likely to survive in the internet age (not helped by the MBA) but even the idea of a guidebook would have been unthinkable a few years ago, so this ‘bible’ has more than a whiff of heresy to old school bothiers like me. Still if we must have guidebooks then they should be like this: it’s quite simply the bothying equivalent of Irvine Butterfield’s definitive guide to the Munros. There’s a general introduction to the history of bothies and the etiquette of bothying then each bothy has a two page entry with a description and approach route options, rounded off with scores of exquisite full colour photos. It will certainly inspire me to seek out a few new ones, and has reminded me to revisit plenty more’.

  2. :

    Great reference and a great read The Scottish Bothy Bible s an amazing compilation of Scottish bothy history, culture and a great guide book for those wanting to engage with the network. All of the bothies are covered across Scotland, with locations, characteristics, environment, requirements, all backed by an excellent collection of images taken by the author, Geoff Allan – who is an experienced hiker and photographer. Geoff took over five years to research the book, visiting each location and painstakingly researching the information in a way that makes this book not only informative, but a pleasure to read.

  3. :

    Wonderful why did it take so long? ‘Just took delivery of this book. What a delight to own. Looking forward to visiting a load of these bothies this year’.

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About the Author

Geoff Allan is an award winning travel writer and photographer, who spent five years researching his best selling guide ‘The Scottish Bothy Bible’, published to instant critical acclaim in March 2017.

Bothies have been part of Geoff’s life since moving from his native Suffolk to Edinburgh as an undergraduate, where he fell into the welcoming arms of the University Mountaineering Club. His first Hogmanay was spent at the club hut in Kintail, and on a brooding new year’s morn he wandered up to Camban bothy, high on the remote windswept pass towards Glen Affric. The experience left a deep impression, and on discovering there was a whole network of these open shelters, found in the most stunning wilderness areas of the Highlands, he was hooked. Voted in as the club bothy secretary the following year, he’s been out and about bothying ever since, always happy to carry in some coal, offer tea or a glass of wine to collected company, and swap anecdotes around the fire. The book has been a real labour of love, encapsulating all Geoff’s knowledge and experience, and he is delighted to have been given the opportunity his enthuse about his passion.

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