Many people believe Scotland gets more beautiful the further north you go, but destinations in the north and west highlands tend to be just too far from Dundee to travel to and from in a day, so we organise full-weekend trips staying in mountain huts.
These mountain huts are generally remote dwellings for mountain goers, privately owned by mountaineering clubs and organisations. They are usually close to the hills and equipped for basic living. For these meets you need to bring enough food to live on for the weekend, a karrimat and a sleeping bag (more info on the Kit List page).
See the Meets
List to find out where we are going this year and when. More details on the specific huts we will be staying at this year are sent out via the announcements forum in due course, but this page provides brief descriptions of most of the huts we tend to use.
Situated close to the road in North Ballachulish this hut is in easy reach of both the Mamores and the hills at Glencoe. It’s also close to the Kinlochleven indoor ice climbing wall and rock climbing centre, “The Ice Factor“. For those of you who enjoy their home comforts this lovely-looking hut has both hot showers and a microwave!
Carn Dearg Hut
Possibly our closest hut destination is Glen Clova, arguably the most spectacular of the Angus Glens. Several mountains lie at to the north, west and south of the Glen, and there is also a fair bit of climbing here too. The hut is well-equipped.
Glen Brittle Memorial Hut
This is a rather large ‘hut’ (probably ‘bunkhouse’ is a more accurate description) located on the Isle of Skye right beside the awesome Cuillin mountains. Beds are available for all, and the kitchen and lounge areas are extensive. The trip is traditionally very popular due to the likeness of the Cuillin Ridge to Alpine mountains, and the hut provides a very comfortable base within easy walking distance of the southern peaks, and there is copious space for bothy games in the evening! The ridge itself provides almost endless options for walks, but the whole of the island offers fantastic accessible walks and stunning views. The ridge is awesome to look at, and even better to climb on!
Situated in Glen Etive behind Buachaille Etive Mor is the Inbhirfhaolain hut. This is a well-equipped hut, with space for campers too. Many mountains almost at the door, and climbing a short way down the Glen. Also within reach of the fantastic Glen Coe.
Another amazing hut visited by the club, isolated from the road by marshland, its tranquil setting makes for a fantastic destination. Inver Croft is a basic hut, but as with all the huts, its has all the facilities required for cooking and the kitchen area plays host to a great table traverse! Of course, as with all of our trips, walking opportunities are plentiful with a range of Munros available to bag some of which are accessible directly from the hut. This hut has a 10 minute walk-in.
Sat beneath the imposing slopes of Buachaille Etive Mor, at the head of the Glencoe pass, you couldn’t ask for a better location for a weekend in the hills. The hut is well-equipped and the ideal location for another great weekend away from Dundee.
Glen Lichd House
As close as we will come to proper bothying, this basic hut (we’re on the floor here) is located in the heart of Gleann Lichd in the Kintail mountain range. There is quite a walk-in here, but the payoff is a true wilderness experience and spectacular mountains such as the Five Sisters of Kintail right on the doorstep.
Sat in the shadow of the awesome Liathach, no hut has a more striking setting. Ling is another well-equipped hut owned by the SMC. Sleeping quarters are comfortable for all with beds for everyone. This along with a cosy seating area for the evening get together makes for another fantastic weekend away… and that’s before you step outside! Torridon’s sandstone hills offer more than enough choice for a weekend’s walking, with great views on a clear day. The hut has a short 10 minute walk-in along a well-trodden path.
By the shore of Loch Insh near Kincraig, Milehouse is very close to Mill Cottage (below) and also has electric lighting and heating, alpine style bunks and a well-equipped kitchen. The hut has gas cooking facilities, a microwave, a fridge, hot and cold running water, showers, a drying room, WCs and a shed for skis or about 4 mountain bikes.
Hidden in the midst of a forest near the western edge of the Cairngorm Mountains, at the mouth of the beautiful Glen Feshie, Mill Cottage is an extremely well-equipped hut. It has 8 beds upstairs and bed space for 6 more downstairs in an alpine style bunk. Matresses are provided on all of these. The hut has showers, electric heating, WCs, a drying room and a well-equipped kitchen. There are lots of walking opportunities of all types in and above Glen Feshie, and the Newtonmore hills are also only a short drive away.
Located in ancient landscape of Assynt, the oldest part of the mainland, there are few Munros near this small SMC hut, but there are many excellent lower mountains nearby that prove that mountains do not have to be over 3000ft to be challenging.
Perfectly located for the awesome mountain of An Teallach, this well-supplied hut is close to the village of Dundonnell – with convenient access to the pub!
Nestled deep in Glen Nevis, with the southern slopes of Ben Nevis and Aonach Beag at the front door, and the challenging Ring of Steall behind it, Steall hut has the perfect location at the foot of the impressive Steall Falls (which featured in Harry Potter!). The hut is basic, but has all the ingredients of a great weekend. There are walks for everyone in the area… including more Munros than you will know what to do with! The hut is about 20-30 mins walk-in from the road when we arrive, including a fun wire bridge to cross, which all adds to to the wilderness experience!
This hut has a fantastic location set deep in the beautiful Glen Affric, home to Scotland’s last remaining natural Caledonian forest. The hut is well-equipped and spacious. Most importantly, the large kitchen is perfect for the Saturday evening Bothy party! It’s not just the hut that is fantastic either, there is a wide variety of walks available, all direct from the hut, and there are plenty of Munros to be bagged!
Even More Huts..
We have also made several visits to the ever popular CIC Hut below the north face of Ben Nevis; the Morvich Outdoor Centre, well located for the Five Sisters of Kintail and very close to Glen Shiel, plus several other huts…