NN9998 : Sappers Bothy

near to Ben Macdui/Beinn Macduibh [hill or Mountain], Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

Sappers Bothy
Sappers Bothy
Never mind the source of the Nile, a big geographical controversy of the 18th Century was which was the highest hill in Great Britain. Both Ben Nevis and Ben Macdui had their fans, but it was not until the 1840s that the argument was settled. Surveyors from the Ordnance Survey spent a fair bit of time on the hill and finally calculated that Ben Nevis was just higher. The surveyors built a hut near the top, it's still there and although a roofless ruin, can be a useful shelter when snow comes in horizontally in this terrifyingly hostile environment. If you are coming up from Derry, and meet this hut, you are nearly there. Meanwhile even after the question was settled, many locals refused to believe that their hill was not the highest.
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Wednesday, 7 September, 2005   (more nearby)
Thursday, 8 September, 2005
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WGS84: 57:4.1470N 3:40.0426W
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