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.