Culra bothy was originally built using aspestos sheeting. Although much of this has been replaced over the years a professional survey has just been carried out on the building and we have been advised that the bothy is unsafe for public use.
Culra is therefore closed with immediate effect.
Discussions are continuing with regards the future of the building but it is most likely it will need to be entirely demolished and a new bothy built in its stead.
Notices will be placed on the building as soon as we are able to get them there - the building is currently unlocked and may remain unlocked but should still not be used except in extreme emergency.
(Note: a press release will probably be issued later this week. )
The chimney at Faindouran Lodge bothy in the Cairngorms has collapsed. At present we're not sure how safe the rest of the building is. Therefore please do not use the bothy! The MBA will try and get out to survey it as soon as possible but it's likely to be the spring at the earliest before repairs - assuming practical - can be carried out.
The adjacent pony hut provides basic shelter in emergency.
Every blister I have ever had has come as a result of walking in wet feet, particularly on hard surfaces. So IMO the best solution is: make sure you have plenty of dry pairs of socks and, if necessary, change them several times a day. And whenever you get the chance, take a break and cool your feet off in a burn (drying properly afterwards)
Many years since I walked it, but a easy forestry track, followed by a section that isn't quite so obvious (but may be more so these days) which may be a bit boggy in places depending on the weather, and then an easy landrover track. I'd say it'd be pretty straightforward.