New Bothy Opens in the Cairngorms


Work has finished on a new bothy in the southern Cairngorms. Ruighe Ealasaid, otherwise known as the Red House, is the latest of the 100 or so remote huts maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association.

The Red House promises to be a popular addition to the list of bothies in the Cairngorms  © MBA
The Red House promises to be a popular addition to the list of bothies in the Cairngorms

Situated near White Bridge, west of the Linn of Dee, Ruighe Ealasaid has a strategic location for hillwalkers heading for the two Munros at the head of the Tarf. For details see our Route Card:

It is also in a handy position on several long distance routes through the mountains.

Believed to have been built in 18th or early 19th Century, Ruighe Ealasaid subsequently served as an informal bothy until the 1960s, gradually becoming more derelict. It got its English name from its corrugated iron roof - a distinctive feature that has now been re-instated.

MBA Chairman Simon Birch said:

"I want to thank the volunteers who have made this project happen. They have transformed a former shieling which had become derelict and in a dangerous condition into a wind and watertight bothy complete with adjacent toilet facilities. It will be a valuable resource for walkers visiting this remote area, one where poor weather regularly occurs, best instanced by the fact that over the two years of work parties these volunteers have come to the aid of a number of walkers who have found themselves in difficulties.

"We are extremely grateful to the owners of the building, The National Trust for Scotland Mar Lodge Estate, for allowing us to undertake the project and for the considerable practical assistance that they provided."

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2 Jan, 2023

What a stunning building!

2 Jan, 2023

Is this the derelict building that is beside the Geldie burn Dan?

2 Jan, 2023
It is. The stonework on it is exquisite. They've been lovingly working on it for a couple of years.

Unfortunately now its ruined my favourite flat camping spot at the Geldie :-)

2 Jan, 2023

Looks a terrific building but can someone explain the derivation of the name please? I was reading it (and i may be way off here) more as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth than a colour reference.

2 Jan, 2023

It does translate as Elisabeth's Sheiling, but it's an old name, even older than the late queen.

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