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2011-06-21 17:09:11
"The rustic Brogan Carroll Bothy" from kernowclimber Contract pics
Picture: The rustic Brogan Carroll Bothy (Contract pics)

No Hilton, but a good trekkers' base
This shelter, or bothy (F 968 056), is a real rarity in Ireland and makes an excellent base for those wishing to get an early start to make the most of trekking in one of Irelandís remotest mountain ranges: the Nephin Begs. Several looped walks begin from here and the bothy lies on a junction of the Western Way and the Bangor Trial.

It was renovated just over a decade ago using traditional materials designed to retain a vernacular appearance, through the generosity of two Irish-Americans, John J. Brogan of Palm Beach, Florida, and Barry Carroll of Lake Forest, Illinois, in collaboration with Mayo County Council and An Taisce.

For those used to staying at bothies and mountain huts overseas, this one is very spartan indeed. Dreams of a warm fire were quickly dispelled as we discovered the fireplace to be faux. We supposed because of fear of theft and/or vandalism with the bothy being close to access roads, there is no furniture, shelves or hooks to hang up wet clothing and no sleeping platform, so those using it must be prepared to sleep on the cold and rather dirty flagstone floor. It is, however, quite roomy and the door can be locked from the inside with a sliding bolt. There is enough space close by for a few vehicles and several metres from the bothy is a grassy area with rustic stone seating built into a wall, the back of which houses three large and very informative boards; here people have lit campfires.

If arriving by car, it is wise to bring a spade to dig a hole for toilet purposes remembering the code of doing so several hundred metres from the hut and well away from watercourses, as the bothy has no toilet or running water. This can be sourced from the nearby Altaconey River and essential supplies purchased in Newport. The area is subject to clouds of midges and gnats and also ticks in summertime, so it is wise to pack the Deet!

We assume Mayo County Council is responsible for the care and maintenance of the bothy and it would be good to have a visitorsí book inside and instructions of how to make a donation towards the bothyís upkeep. We didnít see a soul the whole time we were at the bothy or in the mountains and the serenity of the area was magnificent. We would highly recommend this glorious corner of our island to those prepared to undertake long or multi-day treks.
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