The North Scottish Highland county of Sutherland is a very special place. It contains some of the most wildest and uninhabited areas of the British Isles. It is where my maternal family is from, where I learnt to walk and had all my childhood holidays. Aged four I was hiking across the Moorlands (being fed continual chocolate digestive biscuits to keep me going by my mother). I simply love this place for its stunning beauty and complete freedom. Also, if you like outdoor sports, its one big giant playground!
So remote is it that you can only access the foothills by four wheel drive car, mountain bike, it is some 12 miles from the nearest public road. It is an incredible adventure. For climbers needing refuge during the night or from bad weather there are a scattered "Bothy's" which are there for all to use. Normally these Bothy's were old crofting houses (or remote schools) that have been given a new lease of life and rebuilt with a lot of love and effort by volunteers of the Mountain Bothy Association (MBA).
Lucy Gilchrist / 14th July 2017