Welcome news for anyone planning to walk the wild west coast of Jura this year – the Mountain Bothies Association has recently completed the initial phase of renovating the Cruib lodge bothy on the north shore of Loch Tarbert, replacing windows and doors and weatherproofing the structure.
The bothy, which is on the Ruantallain Estate, has been open to walkers for many years, but had fallen into disrepair. Happily, the estate agreed to the MBA taking over maintenance of this beautifully located bothy.
If you’re planning to stay at the bothy during the deer stalking season – between July and February, please contact the head gamekeeper, Craig Rozga, at the Ruantallain Estate, 01496 820287.
The MBA also maintains the bothy at Glengarrisdale on the north-west coast, while there is also an estate bothy at Ruantallain near the mouth of Loch Tarbert, which makes a bothy-to-bothy walk around the west coast an enticing prospect for lightweight backpackers.
Our thanks to Peter Edwards, author of the Cicerone guidebook to Jura, Islay and Colonsay for this update information.