Fire regulations hit mountain retreats

By Cara Sulieman

GETTING away in the great outdoors remains one of life’s great escapes.

But it seems even the mountain fresh air of Scotland can’t get away from the red tape of officialdom.

The nation’s network of remote bothies – basic mountain shelters – are being stalked by health and safety experts who are making their guardians close off parts of the buildings if deemed a potential hazard.

The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) say they have been advised to shut off or remove the upper floors of several bothies across the Highlands thanks to the fire regulations.

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