Spring is upon us, and the sound of hammers and saws is about to ring out at a number of Scotlandâ€™s mountain bothies as essential maintenance takes place.
Volunteers with the Mountain Bothies Association keep disruption to a minimum, but occasionally bothies have to close, or space in them is restricted, while work goes on.
If youâ€™re planning a bothy stay in the next couple of months, first check the maintenance programme on the MBA website and be prepared to camp if necessary. Work party dates can change, sometimes at short notice.
The schedule includes major work at Gleann Dubh-lighe bothy, near Fort William, from 4-13 April, during which time the bothy will be unavailable. Shenavall bothy, near Ullapool, will be closed from 26 April until 3 May.
Roof repairs will be done at Uisinis bothy in South Uist from 3-24 April and at An Cladach bothy on Islay from 31 March to 6 April. Again, be prepared to camp. Other work parties will be going to Strathchailleach and Strathan, both in north-west Sutherland, and Peanmeanach, in Moidart.
The MBA, which has about 3,600 members restores and maintains shelters for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts all over Scotland, England and Wales. It currently has nearly 100 bothies on its books. All work is done by volunteers and paid for by subscriptions and donations.