Just like many mountain areas around the globe Scotland has a Mountain Council. Mountaineering Scotland offers “training and information to mountain users to promote safety, self-reliance and the enjoyment of the mountain environment”. Therefore they promote all outdoor activities in the Scottish Highlands including overnights and membership is open to – well – anyone.
Mountaineering Scotland shares a list of huts all members can book just by sending an email. This is how we found the Mill Cottage (search the map of huts for Feshiebridge). Mill Cottage is a 12+ person hut with a private driveway. All facilities you would need are available including a big kitchen, multiple showers, outdoor furniture, a fire pit, an indoor fireplace and a dry-room to make sure your clothes are ready for your next big highland adventure! It is very close to Aviemore where you can do all your shopping. We were the only two people in the cottage for the days we booked it. Have you ever rented a private cottage for only €25 euros a night? I didn’t think so!
Huts like the Mill Cottage are spread throughout Scotland. Becoming a member of Mountaineering Scotland might be the wisest thing you can do when planning a trip to the Highlands. And above all, your contribution to the council will be used for preservation of these beautiful landscapes. Is there any better way to save some cash?