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Walkers warned after bothy fire

Posted 1 September 2011
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Walkers warned after bothy fire
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Those who like to go walking in Scotland and stay in mountain bothies have been warned that one of them has been destroyed in a fire.

Gleann Dubh-Lighe bothy in Lochaber was destroyed in what appears to have been an accidental blaze, the Mountain Bothies Association has announced.

Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene when the building caught fire, but were unable to prevent its destruction and this means the glen, which lies west of Fort William, now has no bothy unless or until it is rebuilt.

The bothy lay near Glenfinnan and was close to mountains such as Streap and Beinn nam Uamhachan.

Many people who walk in the wilds of Scotland like to use bothies, which are often located far from roads or any other form of accommodation.

Examples of this include the Corrour Bothy in the Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms, which offers easy access to the eastern plateau and its Munros of Cairn Toul, Sgorr an Lochan Uaine, Braeriach and the Devil's point.