Highlands & Islands

Cairngorms' Fords of Avon refuge revamp completed

Shelter revamp volunteers. Pic: Bob Kinnaird/Glenmore Lodge
Image caption Volunteers included MCofS safety adviser Heather Morning

A mountain refuge has had the first improvements made to it since it was built 40 years ago.

The Fords of Avon shelter in the Cairngorms National Park was constructed by the military and sits on a route between Glenmore and Braemar.

The park authority's planning committee had approved the revamp.

RSPB Scotland, Mountain Bothies Association, Glenmore Lodge and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) had supported the project.

The stone and timber-built refuge has been credited with saving lives in the past by offering shelter in bad weather.

The re-built shelter resembles the existing one and uses the same stone work.

It has been given a new timber structure, a damp proof membrane, timber flooring and a new roof.

Among those who volunteered to work on the shelter over the weekend was MCofS mountain safety adviser, Heather Morning.

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