Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Blazes of light in "the dark glen"
The Mountain Bothies Association sign on the door of a bothy is always a welcome sight. Then there's the anticipation - what will the bothy be like, will there be other folk staying? One of the joys of bothying is in the people met, pretty much always like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Each bothy represents a leap of faith by the owner and continuous effort by the MBA to keep the place in good condition. Glendhu was one I'd not previously stayed in and I found it in great condition with four clean, dry rooms. There were no other visitors staying that night so I picked a room upstairs to sleep in and settled in.
As I unpacked the boat and carried my kit the few metres to the bothy from the loch shore, the western sky was ablaze with a glorious sunset. I gatthered driftwood from the shore and spent twenty minutes with the saw to produce.......
A different kind of blaze in the grate. Although the evening was pleasantly mild, a bothy isn't quite the same without a companionable fire. All done and I prepared my dinner of home-made cicken and corgette casserole featuring green and yellow courgettes gifted from a neighbours garden at home accompanied with saffron infused rice. A small dram of Jura 12yo malt went very well with the food.
Before going to bed I took a walk outside to find a third blaze; that of a dark sky full of stars with a huge swathe of the milky way overhead - just beautiful. I slept soundly and comfortably.
The morning was bright and fresh, the southeasterly breeze would be at my back down the loch.
After breakfast I repacked the boat, tidied the bothy and cut some more driftwood for the next visitors. Glendhu can be anything but "the dark glen" and I'll be back to visit this lovely spot soon.......