Rugged Run – Mangersta Bothy (Iain)

Mangersta bothy was built into the side of the Mangersta cliffs, on the Isle of Lewis, almost 30 years ago by two locals, John and Lorna Norgrove.

John and Lorna are the parents of Linda Norgrove who was involved in a terrible accident in Afghanistan in 2010. She was killed by US soldiers. You can read the details about the case here

Her parents setup a foundaton in Linda’s memory. You can read more about how to stay in the bothy at

The bothy is in a very remote part of the Isle of Lewis but the walk out to it is relatively simple. Park at the end of Mangestera village and follow the fence westward. The both is tucked into the cliffs near the end of the fence line.

I would not recommend the walk to anyone with young children or anyone who is uncomfortable with heights. Their are allot of steep cliff drops in this area.

I would be scared to spend a night in the bothy in case I needed the loo during the night. I might head out, trip and then never be seen again!



Rating: 5 out of 5.

The both is in a spectacular location


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is space, at the start of the walk, to park a couple of cars.


Rating: 1 out of 5.


Nearest cafe

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is a cafe and shop within 15 minutes drive.

Run Surface

100% trail

Dog Friendly

I wouldn’t recommend it.



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