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/ Barisdale Bothy?

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thomasmcalonan on 02 Oct 2014
Is there a bothy at Barisdale near the campsite?
streapadair - on 02 Oct 2014
sheelba - on 02 Oct 2014
In reply to thomasmcalonan:

It's pretty grim, the cottages would be a better bet if you are willing to spend a bit more
Jamie B - on 02 Oct 2014
In reply to sheelba:

What's grim about it? Electric light and a flushing toilet scored pretty high for me!
Joak - on 02 Oct 2014
In reply to Jamie B:

Aye I totally agree, although the times I've been there I have only enjoyed the luxuries of the bothy for some socialising before retiring to my cold damp tent for some slumber.
Grim - on 02 Oct 2014
In reply to Jamie B:

Worst bothy I've experienced- mice infested due to rubbish and food waste left. Independent bothies tend to be well looked after (although sometimes abused) in the spirit of free, communal shelters. Barisdale is halfway between a bothy and a bunkhouse and I'm not sure if people are resentful of paying bunkhouse prices for basic accommodation or just disrespectful but it was pretty scuzzy when I've been there. The campsite is OK but as long as you adhere to commonsense courtesy, wild camping is free on Knoydart as it is in any Scottish wilderness- despite the demands by the landowner.
Jim C - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to thomasmcalonan:
I took wood and coal in only to find out the fireplace had been blocked up.

Freezing cold and had no atmosphere , my worst bothy experience, I wished I had taken my tent instead.
ross - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to thomasmcalonan:

I poked my head in when I walked past a couple of weeks ago and it looked fine. I think there was an honesty box asking for £3 per night, which seems reasonable.
Hope you have a good time, I saw 4 otters on the walk in (and 10000 keds!).
Cheers, Ross.
Jamie B - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to Grim:

£4 per night is hardly bunkhouse prices!

It is what it is. I'd agree that it's a bit lacking in warmth or soul, but as a doss en-route to a winter climb on Ladhar Bheinn it was invaluable - wouldn't have relished putting tents up only to vacate them at 5am!
fmck - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to Grim:

I doubt that its the worst bothy you have stayed in unless its your first. Finding a bothy with an actual door and not a piece of rusting corrugated iron shoved over is the first bonus on arrival. Intact glass windows and a leak free roof even better. Barisdale is a crap bunkhouse but a good bothy that for sure.
Kevin Woods - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to thomasmcalonan:

I didn't think it was that bad! Sure, no fire and lacks atmosphere, but everything else is good - and running water.

Many bothies are dire by comparison. I vote A' Chuil for a memorably depressing experience.
drmarten on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to Kevin Woods:
> Many bothies are dire by comparison. I vote A' Chuil for a memorably depressing experience.

What was depressing about it? I've stayed a couple of times and enjoyed my time there. It's luxurious compared to the nearby Kinbreak.
I stayed at Callater a couple of weeks back and thought it was a bit basic but as it was weatherproof, perfectly situated and free so I'm not complaining.
Has anyone heard anything about plans for Culra bothy?
fmck - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to Kevin Woods:

Narrachan bothy in glen Kinglass. It had a fire but compacted mud floor, snow blowing through glassless windows. The non MBA ones are sometimes a bit rough. Although my favourite bothy of all and most used by myself is non MBA.
malky_c - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to Kevin Woods:

Maybe it depends who you're there with and how much coal you brought, but I only have good memories of A' Chuil, on a couple of different occasions. Even better is Sourlies, which in terms of structure is pretty dire, but always features amongst my favourite bothy memories.

Barisdale is Ok, but feels more like a crap bunkhouse than a good bothy.
ScraggyGoat on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to Grim:

H'mm don't think you have been to many crap bothies, barrisdale is wind and watertight, I remember brushing the spindrift off a sleeping platform in one bothy, and waking up with a further cm over my bivvy bag next morning...............

You could argue that barrisdale is a very good bothy, it quietly prevents dozens of fire rings, rubbish and ketch despoiling the Bay Area. Overall the estate are to be thanked for their pragmatism with a variety of accomodation, White House, the end cottage, adjacent bothy and camping. None of which detracts from the situation.

I pity the owner and foreman when the Cape Wrath trail turns the place into one horrible pit stop, as numbers dooing the trail exponentially expand. I don't think they have a clue ....
Kevin Woods - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to drmarten:
> What was depressing about it? I've stayed a couple of times and enjoyed my time there. It's luxurious compared to the nearby Kinbreak.

Just one particular night - good craic, but middle of January, everything cold, dreich, yet thawing. A fire that didn't light and a door that didn't shut. Cold, damp and dark. Definitely a bad do!

Still haven't been to Kinbreck.
Post edited at 21:52
Grim - on 03 Oct 2014
In reply to fmck:

Perhaps the difference between a 'paying' bothy (as an MBA member I guess I pay for all their bothies by subscription) and an 'unlocked shelter freely available to all' is the respect afforded to them. When I visited Barisdale, it was filthy, with discarded food everywhere and an overwhelming smell of mouse piss. This could have just been bad timing and maybe the bothy had been abused (it's amazing that even Strathchailleach bothy near Cape Wrath has been badly vandalised), but some of the detritus had been there for several days. Most bothy users think nothing of taking rubbish left by less thoughtful guests but maybe by asking for payment to stay attitudes change. On the whole, the bothies I have viisted have been swept clean by the previous user and however basic, provided a comfortable stay and occasionally a welcome relief to pitching a tent in a storm- admittedly they do sometimes leak!

So, no, Barisdale wasn't my first bothy experience but I'm not a bobble hat wearing beardy neither ;p

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