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Bothies across Highlands reopen for responsible users

By John Davidson

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Corrour bothy in the Lairig Ghru. Picture: John Davidson
Corrour bothy in the Lairig Ghru. Picture: John Davidson

Mountain bothies across the Highlands ad the rest of Scotland have reopened following the easing of coronavirus restrictions on Monday.

The Mountain Bothies Association sais that, with the agreement of owners, bothies it maintains in Scotland and Wales have been reopened for responsible use.

Bothies in England reopened on July 19 following the lifting of restrictions there.

MBA chairman Simon Birch said: “Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have adopted the position that our shelters are closed and we would like to thank all those responsible MBA members and the general public who have complied with that request.

“Covid-19 has not gone away and governments are advising that everyone should remain vigilant and continue to take precautions to stop the further spread of the virus.

"We are therefore asking bothy users to make their own risk assessment before deciding to visit and to exercise personal responsibility while they are there. We are also asking that they follow some straightforward guidelines. By doing so they will protect both themselves and others.”

The guidelines ask that visitors to bothies:

  • Make themselves aware of, and follow, all current government health guidelines.
  • Do not set off to visit a bothy if they have symptoms. We recommend that they also take a lateral flow test even if they don’t have symptoms.
  • Always take a tent and consider using it to sleep in if others are present.
  • Take and use personal PPE, such as face masks, and sanitising fluid.
  • Ventilate the building by opening windows and doors (while remembering to shut the door when they leave).
  • When leaving the bothy, take with them everything that they have brought in, including rubbish, so that the potential to leave the virus on surfaces is eliminated.
  • Follow the bothy code and always be respectful, courteous, and tolerant of others.

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