/ Tarf Hotel/Feith Uaine Bothy Damage
Just been reported that some sleeping platforms have been smashed up and burnt in the stove
The bothy has always had moveable platforms in all of the rooms for the enjoyment and comfort of our "guests"
As it`s now Stag shooting season on Atholl Estate we cannot get in to repair/replace them until mid October
As you probably know this bothy is very remote so the damage is likely to have come from members of the "hillwalking community"
It saddens me to report that this is not the only damage this year but we we will continue to look after the place
Maintenance Organiser, Tarf, Mountain Bothies Association
It just beggars belief that some filth do things like that. In your shoes I'd be raging. As you rightly say - its not on the beaten path so you'd have to be into the walking thing to be there. But lets face it - pricks can enjoy walking just the same.
Vandalism in more accessible bothies is fairly inevitable. Teenagers having a weekend away to get out of their faces on drink and drugs end up burning anything combustible that fits in the fire. Like you though, I'm dismayed that such a remote bothy could have been damaged in the same manner.
I wonder if some local neds managed to get vehicular access to the Hotel, same as happened to Backhill when it was burnt down 30 odd years ago.
The cynic in me thinks that the local estate may have done it to discourage walkers in the stag season?
Tarf Hotel could hardly be described as accessible, have you been there? There is no 'vehicular' access unlike Backhill....
Could they not simply withdraw co-operation with the MBA and make it unavailable?
Doubt it, it’s one of the more amiable estates with an up to date hillphone message on where they are shooting.
Its just not teenagers. In the 80's I used to frequent a bothy on the NYM. A group of bus drivers from 'Ull' arrived one night with a bin bag full of beer cans and whiskey bottles which they consumed into the small hours. And left the empties in the morning/afternoo when they got themselves out of their pits..
Some years later the bothy was burned to the ground following yet another visit by group of people who "loved staying" there, but obviously were dissatisfied with the lack of 'entertainment'.
The last time I visited was 1986. The place was in such a state of decay only one room was useable and we thought it might blow down during the storm that night.
I note it's about two miles from an estate track.
A huge amount of work, particularly in recent years and driven forward by the OP, Ricky, has completely transformed the bothy to a great condition - which is why any vandalism is so upsetting.
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