Corrour Bothy and The Devil's Point

Corrour Bothy and The Devil's Point

The Cairngorms, Scotland

‘Black Dots’ is an exploration of mountain bothies and bothy culture throughout the United Kingdom.

Far from civilisation and mostly accessible only by foot, bothies are secluded mountain shelters scattered across the British Isles and tirelessly maintained by volunteers from the Mountain Bothies Association. Unlocked and free to use, they provide a refuge from the vast terrain that surrounds them and have become an iconic feature of the British landscape over the past fifty years. Bothies are synonymous with the outdoor experience in the UK and from day trippers to mountaineers, the growing community of bothy-users is hugely diverse.

‘Black Dots’ is the result of almost three years spent traversing our most remote landscapes in an attempt to better understand what these buildings are, where they’re located and the culture that surrounds them. Drawn not only by the primitive beauty of the bothies and the landscapes they sit within, the work also investigates the human element to the bothy story, capturing the faces of those who trek for hours to temporarily inhabit these spaces, many miles from the nearest settlements.

Sandy's Canoe at Peanmeanach

Sandy's Canoe at Peanmeanach

Ardnish Peninsula, Scotland

Giles at Camasunary Bothy

Giles at Camasunary Bothy

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Fisherfield Six Route

Fisherfield Six Route

Shenavall Bothy, Scotland

John at Strabeg

John at Strabeg

Northern Highlands, Scotland

Assorted Items

Assorted Items

Dulyn Bothy, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Trev at Penrhos Isaf

Trev at Penrhos Isaf

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

The Mantelpiece at Glendhu

The Mantelpiece at Glendhu

Northern Highlands, Scotland

Shenavall and The Great Wilderness

Shenavall and The Great Wilderness

Northern Highlands, Scotland

Outbuilding at Penrhos Isaf

Outbuilding at Penrhos Isaf

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Inside Mosedale Cottage

Inside Mosedale Cottage

The Lake District (Eastern Fells), Englad

Hannes & Lorenz

Hannes & Lorenz

Hutchinson Memorial Hut, The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

Wainhope Bothy

Wainhope Bothy

Kielder Forest Park, England

Sandy at Peanmeanach Bothy

Sandy at Peanmeanach Bothy

Ardnish Peninsula, Scotland

Inside Warnscale

Inside Warnscale

The Lake District, England

Dulyn Bothy and Craig Y Dulyn

Dulyn Bothy and Craig Y Dulyn

Snowdonia, Wales

William at Corrour Bothy

William at Corrour Bothy

The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

Nant Rhys

Nant Rhys

Central Wales

Mosedale Cottage

Mosedale Cottage

The Lake District (Eastern Fells), England

Glencoul

Glencoul

Northern Highlands, Scotland

Achnanclach

Achnanclach

Northern Highlands, Scotland

Taigh Thormoid Dhuibh

Taigh Thormoid Dhuibh

Raasay, Scotland

Warnscale Head and Haystacks

Warnscale Head and Haystacks

The Lake District, England

Lyndsay at Ryvoan

Lyndsay at Ryvoan

The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

The Lookout Bothy

The Lookout Bothy

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Greg's Hut

Greg's Hut

The Pennines, England

Inside Wainhope Bothy

Inside Wainhope Bothy

Kielder Forest Park, England

Adam at Camasunary

Adam at Camasunary

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Strabeg

Strabeg

Northern Highlands, Scotland

Ryvoan

Ryvoan

The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

Jake at Kearvaig Bothy

Jake at Kearvaig Bothy

Cape Wrath, Scotland

Hutchinson Memorial Hut

Hutchinson Memorial Hut

The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

David at Kearvaig

David at Kearvaig

Cape Wrath, Scotland

The Black Dots Film

Directed by Ryan Goff from Coldhouse Collective