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Highland bothies 'remain closed'

By Tom Ramage

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The group behind the maintenance of the Cairngorms' increasingly popular bothies has reaffirmed that the buildings remain closed.

"Although some COVID-19 restrictions are being eased, we would like to reiterate that all MBA maintained

bothies remain closed to visitors," the Mountain Bothies Association stated yesterday (Friday, May 22).

Cairngorms bothies are still locked down
Cairngorms bothies are still locked down

"At present, it seems unlikely that they will be able to re-open until such time as Government guidance permits public gatherings in enclosed spaces without the need for social distancing.

"We are of course keeping the situation under close review and if there is any change or indeed any further information that becomes available we will provide further advice on our website and on our Facebook page."

The charity, established in 1965, represents some 4,300 members.

With the consent and support of their owners, it undertakes the restoration and maintenance of old cottages, huts and similar buildings throughout the wilder parts of Scotland, England and Wales for use as open shelters for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

It currently maintains 105 bothies and two emergency shelters, 86 of them in Scotland.

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