The Cairngorms National Park Authority has recently given permission for the Fords of A'an bothy to be refurbished. The current bothy was built by the military 40 years ago and now is in need of some essential improvements.
The bothy is situated beside the Avon river on the historic Lairig an Laoigh path from Glenmore Lodge to Braemar. It provides shelter in bad weather in a remote part of the Cairngorms. Over the years, it has undoubtedly saved lives, particularly when the Avon is in spate. It is also a very useful refuge for those having difficulty finding their way back over the Cairngorm plateau.
The bothy will be re-built, resembling the existing bothy and using the same stone work. The timber structure, flooring and lining will be renewed and a new damp proof membrane installed. The roof will be replaced with new corrugated iron and have insulation. Old materials will be removed and new materials brought in using an RAF helicopter. Work will be carried out in late summer to avoid disturbing wildlife.
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