Winter Scottish Bothy Adventure 2019

Here is the plan and details for our weekend away in February.

Date: Fri 22nd Feb – Sun 24th Feb
Venue: Blair Atholl, Scotland

We will meet at the Atholl Arms Hotel- it’s next to the train station here

and then set up camp somewhere (wild?) I know a few options nearby and maybe we will have set up a tent for Flora and Emily beforehand.

Plan a: is on Saturday we can walk to our bothy – it’s about 20Km from the nearest road and happens to be one of the most remote bothies in Scotland! I am currently looking at options, basically I am trying to find a bothy that is interesting to get to but also near a train station (given that Emily and Flora are catching the train!)

I have plan b and c which is kind of what you need with the Scottish weather and hopefully we can make something work.

This is the kit you will need for the weekend


  • Tent
  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Mug
  • Bowl
  • Water bottle
  • Dry bags to keep kit dry (you can use plastic bags if you don’t own them)
  • Tooth brush & toiletries
  • Head torch & spare batteries


You will need food for:

  • Saturday breakfast
  • Saturday lunch
  • Saturday supper
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Sunday lunch

We will have eaten somewhere on the way north on Friday- I guess you will/ can have eaten en route to Blair Atholl. 


I am driving up from Surrey- You can hopefully sort out getting on a train/ bus from St. Andrews to Blair Atholl and I think Georgina is coming back with you to St. Andrews afterwards. A quick look on shows that an adult return is £17.50 from Ladybank to Blair Atholl.


  • Underwear
  • Thermal base layer
  • Mid layer fleece x2
  • Water proof top
  • Water proof trousers
  • Walking boots
  • Gloves x2 pairs
  • Warm hat
  • Snow goggles (optional but really useful if it’s blowing a lot because you will want to protect your eyes)
  • Another warm top (a down jacket would be nice if you own one)
  • Spare shoes/ sliders/ slippers for the bothy (optional but v nice)
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Gaiters (optional)

Ruck Sack to carry everything

Your ruck sack should be about 50-60 litres (and then at least you can carry everything easily).

Oh and I would like us to share taking out a bit of wood for the evening- it’s much nicer being by a warm fire than in the cold

I will provide

  • Map & Compass
  • Ice Axes

Any thoughts/ questions/ things you need please do ping them to me. It’s much easier to sort out now than at 8pm on Friday night!


“Tarf Hotel” our bothy and hopefully accommodation for Saturday night… the link to the MBA website about it is here

inside looks something like this (in the light!)