Tobar nan Ceann Gang

The blog of a bunch of middle aged men trying to stay youthful…!



What is this site about?

It is our Tobar nan Ceann Gang  photo blog where we will share our adventures from visiting Scottish Bothies, English Camping Barns, Scottish & English  hill walking and any other activities we do including GeoCaching, Mountain Biking, Camping, Fishing etc. Our stories will mostly be told by photographs as on our adventures we will have a vary of pro and semi pro DSLR Cameras with us and will share with you some of the beautiful Scottish / English scenery on our journeys. Most of our adventures will include other people so photos are added for the benefit of others.

What are Bothies?

Bothies are stone built buildings with a slate or corrugated-iron roof but a wide variety of materials are used. The smallest building is the size of a garden shed and the largest are two storey cottages with 6 or 7 rooms.

Bothies should all be reasonably wind and watertight and have somewhere dry to sleep. Quite a few bothies have sleeping-platforms – raised areas of floor which get you away from the traffic and the cold air and draughts which are at floor level. The usual place to sleep though is on the wood or concrete floors – so come prepared with at least a sleeping-bag and a sleeping mat and a polythene sheet to lay down first. Very few beds remain long in bothies – they take up too much room! Blankets and mattresses are rarely if ever provided.

Although many bothies no longer have a sustainable source of fuel nearby they generally have a fireplace or a stove. You will need to carry fuel in, or if wood has been left by a previous visitor, the tradition is that you gather more to replace what you burn. In some cases peat is the only local fuel, and you can try your hand at cutting and stacking peats for next season.

The difficulty of maintaining services in remote locations means that very few bothies have piped water, but there is nearly always a nearby spring or burn. There is no fuel provided – you will need candles or a paraffin lamp for your light and a stove to cook on. Some folk choose to cook on an open fire a messy business which requires toleration by the shivering hordes who can’t get near the fire! It’s probably best to bring a stove.

The majority of bothies have no toilet facilities. The best toilet procedure while staying at a bothy is to go a good distance from the building and dig a hole well away from the water course. A spade is usually provided for this purpose.

Finally, as there is no refuse collection service at any bothies, you should bring a suitable polythene bag for carrying out your rubbish.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.