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    Default Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    Kearvaig Bay Bothy - 5 miles from Cape Wrath (and our accommodation for the evening).

    For those whom are unsure what a bothy is, they're travellers huts. Some are wooden, some are made of stone. This one in particular is probably one of the best, if not the best Bothy you can go to. Maintained by the MBA (Mountain Bothys Association), they have no luxuries such as Heating, Running Water, Electricity, Toilets or Beds. You bunk down on the floor (or on some benches along the wall inside) on your roll mat and sleeping bag. In this one there is a table for eating at and there are two fireplaces for building wood fires.

    No modern luxuries however the bothy is free to use, requires no booking and has equipment such as saws, axes to chop drift wood etc. and also has a toilet spade for digging a hole .


    This is just an outside shot but I do have a little walk around video I'm uploading to You Tube (Will edit post shortly) - EDIT: Video added to the bottom of the thread

    f/13, 1/200th




    Kearvaig Bay

    f/14, 1/125th



    Looking towards Cape Wrath through a little tunnel I made in a miniature sand cliff caused by the tide.

    f/22, 1/50th. Not often I use F22 but needed as much DoF as possible as I was about 12 inches away from the sand wall and tunnel through it. Wanted to get near to far in focus.



    Skye Bridge - Kyle of Lochalsh. I do have some other shots that are very flat and boring looking. Will see if I can do something with them

    I do like those Scottish mountain ranges (however you can see that cloud cover moving in)
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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    Fantastic pics Ian...right up my street

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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    Cheers Chesser

    If you ever get the chance, I'd very much recommend a trip to Cape Wrath and a night in the Bothy at Kearvaig. I've been there 3 times now and it's always a superb place to go. Would recommend May though as each time I've been, we've had excellent weather.

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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    Sounds like quite a getaway spot.

    How does the Bothy work; weary travellers all pile in? Nice idea.

    Nice shots too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmicpore View Post
    Sounds like quite a getaway spot.

    How does the Bothy work; weary travellers all pile in? Nice idea.

    Nice shots too.
    Cheers Cosmic.

    Yeah basically, they're a travellers hut. They're almost always in very remote locations so you don't get your average 2 Adult 4 Kids Family turning up with caravans, awnings etc. I believe there are some you need to call up and enquite about to see if there is anyone in there because some of them are very small (single room size).

    This particular one would sleep maybe 4 or 5 in one room, 2 in a small box room downstairs. Then, upstairs, there are two rooms that could easily sleep 4 in each. The other door to the right leads to a separate standalone room that two could sleep in easily.

    First time we went, there were 4 lads from Newcastle staying in there. Decent guys, had a real good laugh with those guys. 2nd time there was a Spanish guy whom had down hundreds of miles of hiking and an 84 year old Woman and her Scottie dog (she walked up one of the real big hills nearby and then over to the Cape Wrath lighthouse - respect).
    This time, it was just me and my mate in the bothy. You do have to consider however that if you ever go to a bothy that requires no prior contact (such as this one), that there may be other travellers and you may actually have to share a room if there's quite a few. It'd have to be a big group and unfortunate timing though).


    The rules of the Bothy are basically, keep it tidy (if it's been left untidy by previous occupants, do the decent thing and give it a quick tidy around), don't leave the doors open if you're the last one to leave. Do any of your business away from the bothy, not near a stream and definitely not upstream of the bothy . Do it into a hole and cover it afterwards.

    If you have any spare unopened water, non-perishable supplies, matches, gas etc. that you don't need or wish to offload, it's always appreciated if they're left for future visitors (whom may be either unprepared or running low, or whom have had to actually seek shelter unexpectedly)

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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    Liking the third, would take letterbox format to an inch above the masts though.

    Nice set m8.

    Paul.

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    Cheers dude

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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    Quote Originally Posted by dpSparhawk View Post
    Yeah basically, they're a travellers hut....
    You have opened my eyes!

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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    Here's the qiuck walkabout vid taken with my mobile phone. Be sure to switch to HD and go full screen or at least the larger player.

    Guy at 37 seconds is my mate lol. Also, the finger towards the end in the top left corner does disappear

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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    good stuff, no 2 for me
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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    great photos
    looks better weather up thee than the uk had

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    Default Re: Kearvaig Bay Photos and Skye Bridge

    Cheers Pete, Ghost.

    The weather was particularly good.

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