Highlands & Islands

Gleann Dubh-Lighe bothy in Lochaber destroyed in fire

Gleann Dubh-Lighe bothy. Pic: John Ferguson/Geograph
Image caption Firefighters used a portable pump to tackle the blaze

Fire has destroyed a mountain bothy in the north west Highlands.

The Mountain Bothies Association has been alerted to the early morning blaze at Gleann Dubh-Lighe in Lochaber, according to mountain rescuers.

Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service (HIFRS) said the shelter was completely destroyed.

The incident happened at 06:20 on Wednesday. Two fire engines were sent to the scene and portable pump was used to tackle the flames.

The fire comes just days after another bothy at Fords of Avon in the Cairngorms National Park was given its first revamp.

Built 40 years ago, the revamped stone and timber refuge has been credited with saving lives in the past by offering shelter in bad weather.

The Mountain Bothies Association, which is a charity, looks after about 100 shelters used by walkers and climbers in remote parts of the UK.

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