During the last few days of the Easter holidays, 18 students and 3 staff members ventured north to Glen Affric to make essential repairs to Camban Bothy, one of 100 or so looked after by the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA). This trip was one of our CAS excursions. Students and staff stayed in Allt Beithe Hostel, run by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association, the most remote hostel in the UK. The bothy was equally remote, accessed by a trail from Allt Beithe, 2 miles away.
The work they undertook included:
• Digging out earth and stones from the back of the bothy where they’d slipped down, fallen against the walls and causing dampness.
• Painting woodwork inside the building.
• Clearing out the attic and using stored wood to build new benches.
The students rose to the challenge, taking pride in their endeavours and working collaboratively and independently on site. Thankfully they were blessed with reasonable weather for much of the time, which made the walks to each day to the site that bit easier! The walk out to the other side of the Glen showed Scotland’s scenery at it’s best, with incredible views of waterfalls, rivers, lochs and for the last 6 kms, the majesty of the Five Sisters of Kintail, one of the most famous massifs in Scotland. It was a challenging four days by any standards but incredibly rewarding. The CAS Team successfully achieved what they set out to do. Well done to all involved!