A stay in a historic building with amazing views and convivial company sounds enticing – and even better when it comes free of charge. The author of the new Bothy Bible shares his favourites

In some of Scotland most spectacular wildlands and best long-distance trails, bothies are often a challenge to reach, but they’re a joy to stay in. The days when bothies – ancient cottages, longhouses and mountain huts – had a reputation of being cold, drafty places to spend the night, are long gone, thanks to the work of the Mountain Bothy Association (MBA). Many now have new stoves, sleeping platforms, even sofas, libraries and insulated wood panelling. Snuggling into your sleeping bag after a hearty meal and stimulating fireside conversation, it’s hard to believe that this sociable resource is available free of charge, with no booking system or wardens.

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Source: The Guardian

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