The Angry Corrie 18: Apr-Jun 1994
The Good Bothy Guide part 1: Meikle Bin
OS Sheets 57, 64 Gridref NS667822
This cosy pleasant bothy (Come off it - Ed.) A hi-tec alloy shelter (Come off it - Ed.) Not so much a traditional bothy this one, more an aircraft's wing, blending beautifully into its wild surroundings. Exposed from the West, but affording reasonable protection from the East and South. Sleeps one if under 50" chest. Hydraulic fluid can be squeezed from the aileron pipe and smeared over exposed flesh in much the same way as cross channel swimmers use goose fat.
Readers may wonder slightly at the need of a bothy on such an accesible summit, but recent developments in the area have led us to this point - viz the plethora of craft shops in Fintry and the current popularity of Yttrium Iron Garnet as a semi-precious stone. YIG being a ferrimagnet, there has arisen a permanent magnetic dipole with a peak strength of 300 Gauss (to use the old units) extending well into the Campsies. The upshot is that potentially fatal navigational difficulties can arise. The deviation is not constant, as it varies with the stock of trinkets in the shops and the relative popularities of YIG and Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (which is non-magnetic). Recently a hillwalker was driven almost daft as his compass swirled madly following a bus load of tourists as they drove up the Crow Road.
The crashed aircraft was on its way from Dundee to Barra in 1954, carrying Wallaces 'pehs' during the Great Tattie Scone Famine. Passing over Glasgow the pilot was distracted by a radar artefact caused by a hopeful punt upfield by John Greig. (Surely 'a telling through ball'? - Ed.)
Floor floods in all conditions.