Wilsons Bothy, ‘The Wee Hoose’ as named by the creator himself, John Wilson.
It’s been 25+ years since the ongoing construction of The Wee House started, the shelter formed by using what resources were nearby and some imported material. However, time has now taken its toll on the structure.
Sadly on a recent visit on the 21.10.2016 the roof timbers had started to collapse and the tarp roof was beginning to bulge and strain under the force of the ponding water above. The surrounding trees encroaching to the point the stone seat outside the bothy was out of bounds and movement around the bothy restricted.
On returning home I was prompted to compose an email to the Forestry Commission, as the bothy lies on their ground. If permission to access the hill for material delivery could be granted I could plan a project to preserve the bothy.
I’ve also been in communications with the Wilson Family who’s dad built the bothy. They are in favour of any action taken to preserve the bothy.
Roof,concrete floor and some masonry repairs to start with……easy!
An email was sent to the only contact I had, asking for guidance on the best person to contact and highlighting the plight of the bothy.
In the meantime I thought I’d start the ball rolling by enquiring about logistics and tidying up the perimeter of the bothy.
The next visit was on the 22.10.2016 was with saw in hand. A sympathetic cutting of some of the inward growing branches, allowing space to manoeuvre round the bothy. Using those cuttings to add to the already natural screen that hides the bothy.
Whilst awaiting reply from FCS I started to think, IF permission was granted how could the materials be brought to site and from what approach?
A text to a friend who has his own tree surgery and forestry business confirmed he had the ideal transport…. this’ll do the trick!!!
Transport sorted, now what way in?? Having walked the surrounding hills a while back I was aware of a track from Gairletter Glen that accesses the hill and follows the pylons before diverting to almost the bothy door. A well established track, 95% solid ground-ideal. A GPS record of the track with acompanying photographs were forwarded to my friend, ‘no sweat’ was the reply.
Here’s hoping there’s good news from the Forestry Commission in the not to distant future.
The PDF presented to the Forestry Commission………….
Sadly proposals to access and carry out repairs on the bothy have been rejected by the Forestry Commision. Issues with liability and maintenance are something the forestry aren’t willing to accept.
Such a shame.