Countless hillwalkers have been thankful for Glen Licht House. Now the building is in peril â€“ but you can help save it.Â
Photograph: Chris Prescott, Minerva Designs
Glen Licht House is a stone hut nestled under the Five Sisters of Kintail. It was built in the late 19th century as a deer stalkerâ€™s cottage and now belongs to the National Trust for Scotland, which has leased it to the Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club since 1956. The club maintains it in memory of Elliot Woodburn and Fred Hadden, two students who died in a storm on Ben Nevis in May 1955.
So whatâ€™s the problem?
Unfortunately the roof of the hut was damaged in a severe storm in winter 2012-13 and since then things have got considerably worse. The roof has been gradually falling apart, the porch has been blown off and without action soon there will be considerable damage to the interior.
Photograph: Willie Fraser
Why should I help?
Glen Licht House is a fantastic resource in the area and is accessible to all. Before it was damaged, mountaineering groups and members of the general public could use the house for Â£5 per person per night â€“ cheaper than most campsites. The Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club also maintains an attached open shelter for people seeking refuge in bad weather or emergencies. We are extremely keen to see Glen Licht House continue to provide a base for hiking in this spectacular place for years to come. It is a particularly good base for walkers aiming to hike through to Glen Affric and Strawberry Cottage or climb the Five Sisters and Three Brothers. The house has given generations of students and hill-goers refuge and good times in the heart of the mountains. It would be a great shame to see it lost.
Whatâ€™s the plan?
The total cost of the repairs is estimated to be between Â£30,000 and Â£40,000. If we are able to raise a significant portion of this sum in the next few months, the National Trust for Scotland will work with us to fund the necessary work and repairs can start this summer. Without this work, the building is unlikely to survive the next winter â€“ so we have very little time and a lot of money to raise. We are also looking to spruce up the hutâ€™s interior and hopefully add sleeping platforms, a toilet, a solid fuel stove and a better water supply. This will ensure that Glen Licht House is an excellent facility for mountaineering clubs, outdoor enthusiasts and hillwalkers for years to come.
So how can I help?
What donors have been saying
â€œGood memories with the boys, just last September. Experienced the leaky roof and realise the needâ€
â€œThis bothy saved my life. Tent blew into the river. Luckily this was metres away from our campsite. Slept nice and warm while the wind howled outsideâ€
â€œI cannot think of a more deserving roof. Nice job organising thisâ€
â€œIt would be a shame for a used bothy to become another Highland ruin in the landscapeâ€
â€œThose walls will have seen some sights â€“ inside and out. All the best with the project. First night in the repaired building will be worth itâ€
â€œThe scene of many happy memories. Long may they continueâ€
â€œLast used the bothy half a century ago! Several epic visits at Hogmanay. Well worth preserving this superbly sited house for posterityâ€
Vice-president, Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club