All across wild Scotland, on steep hillsides and deep in remote glens, are small dwellings – often little more than four walls to protect from winter winds and a roof to keep the water out – that are the foundation stone of many hill-walkers and mountain climbers Highlands experience.
We have many of these structures – bothies – dotted across Wildland estates too and are proud of our commitment to supporting the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) in maintaining those on our land; and even restoring other structures so that we can add to the list of bothies available to those that really do enjoy being at one with our big open spaces.
…in fact, we may have some exciting news on a variation to this to announce very soon.
So, it is with some interest that we discover photographer Nicholas White’s project, ‘Black Dots’ to record a documentary essay of bothies across the UK and also the people that use them.
In Nicholas’s own words:
‘Far from civilisation and mostly accessible only by foot, bothies are secluded mountain shelters scattered across the British Isles and tirelessly maintained by volunteers from the Mountain Bothies Association. Unlocked and free to use, they provide a refuge from the vast terrain that surrounds them and have become an iconic feature of the British landscape over the past fifty years. Bothies are synonymous with the outdoor experience in the UK and from day trippers to mountaineers, the growing community of bothy-users is hugely diverse.
‘Black Dots’ is the result of almost three years spent traversing our most remote landscapes in an attempt to better understand what these buildings are, where they’re located and the culture that surrounds them. Drawn not only by the primitive beauty of the bothies and the landscapes they sit within, the work also investigates the human element to the bothy story, capturing the faces of those who trek for hours to temporarily inhabit these spaces, many miles from the nearest settlements.’
Below you can see a small selection of Nicholas’s photography including many that are close to Wildland estates.
You can find out more about Nicholas White’s photography here.