January kick-off


There’s little daylight in January on Skye.  Dawn and dusk are the best times to spot otter – so chances are much higher in winter than in summer (perhaps)!  On the morning of our first 2017 walk in to Bell’s Bothy we were lucky enough to spot these, on the shore just below our parked campervan.  In his childhood Neil was an otter fanatic – I remember times on Mull and Skye trying to keep him still in the hopes of seeing one (and we never did!), whilst being eaten alive by midges. It seemed right that these two should come to see us as we kicked off the 2017 Bell’s Bothy Challenge.

We walked in to Camasunary, twice, and are pleased to report that the bothy itself is in good order. There has been some mould – it is so well sealed and insulated that with wet people, clothes, boots, dogs, etc. and no air passing through mould growth, I fear is inevitable.  However the bay is a different story.


We are planning events throughout the year to clean up.  Challenge yourself to get there (preferably the first weekend of a month) and come to help.   The main event will be 28th April – 7th May, come for a day or come for ten.  We are working on a way to get it all out – have you any ideas, a boat, a quad bike and trailer or a sturdy 4×4 (eg. Landrover) you are prepared to use?  More details about this event will follow soon, but please put it in your diary, and come to help.

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