The Mountain Bothy Association (MBA) was founded in 1965 “to maintain simple unlocked shelters in remote country for the use and benefit of all who love wild and lonely places”.

We have five bothies along the SUW, some of which are maintained by the Ranger
Service, and others by the MBA.

The bothies only offer very basic shelter. You will need to fetch your water from nearby sources. The bothies, due to their remoteness do not have toilet facilities. Bothies are not staffed and the condition of the bothy very much depends upon the previous users.

We would ask you to please be considerate when you use a bothy and leave it as you would hope to find it upon your arrival.

Firewood is not always available, again this depends upon the graciousness of the previous occupants.

To view all the bothies along the route go to our Accommodation section.

Mountain Bothies Association 

These are open bothies on or near the Way offering basic shelter without facilities.

The Beehive
Near Laggangarn
(Outdoor fireplace pit)
                    Picture Credit: Alex Pilkington

Over Phawhope
North-east of Ettrick
  Over Phawhope
East of Daer Reservoir
Chalk Memorial Bothy
Head of Water of Ken
Near Polskeoch
White Laggan
South of Loch Dee
White Laggan