Here is a view of Craig bothy in 1996. You can see the red triangle marking this as a SYHA hostel, as it was at this point in time. The hostel closed in 2003 and was taken on by the Mountain Bothies Association in 2006. Geezer and Canadian Mike are taking their ease in the sunshine. You can see the decoration of the lintels of the building that had been done by a former warden of whom there were many tales.
Team 06 was repairing the path out to this bothy from Upper Diabeg and, in the latter stages of the job we were living in the hostel, rather than in Upper Diabeg.
Out of shot is a boulder when there used to be a bit of bouldering of an evening. For me it was in bare feet, as I had no rock shoes at this point.
For anyone who wants a guided tour of the bothy in its current form, have a look at this video.
I remember it at the back end of the 1950’s when my friend we doing an adventurous mountain walking holiday – were 15. It was rough and ready but adequate and oh – so simple. No doubt more comfortable as a bothy! It was an early an unforgettable walking holiday – never been forgotten.
I was at Craig Hostel frequently in the 1960s. The SYHA appointed temporary wardens for the summer, and my friend Neil McGovern did numerous stints as warden. Unfortunately he was killed in a climbing accident on Fuar Tholl in 1971; the scots pines outside the bothy were planted in his memory – I think by Dave Goulder, who had been a warden at Achnashellach hostel. I can remember the stove being lugged up from the shore – it was ust an open fireplace before that. The midges in hot summers were unbearable, but it was always a most romantic place.