Bothy walk to reveal true-life mystery

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Youngsters with a passion for adventure stories are invited to come along to a forest walk next month (Tuesday 12 October 11am) to learn how one of Scotland’s longest standing murder mysteries inspired a literary classic.

Forestry Commission Scotland’s team in Lochaber will lead a free, 3km family walk through Duror Forest to meet James of the Glen bothy (Taigh Seumus a’ Ghlinne), whose fascinating story inspired behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Kidnapped.

Ruari Watt, for the Commission’s Lochaber team, said:

“James actually lived here over 250 years ago and his life story is intimately connected with the landscape – and with one of our greatest adventure stories.

“A veteran of the Jacobite uprising, he was hanged for the murder of government agent, Colin Campbell, who was intent on evicting the farming tenants from Glen Coe to make way for his own relatives.

“But even to this day opinion is still divided as to James’s guilt or innocence.

“It’s a fascinating story, set in one of Scotland’s most atmospheric locations and it’s a great way of bringing history and culture alive for young people.

“It’s a lot more fun that tackling dry and dusty history books and it promises to be a great day out.”

Anyone taking part in the walk will get the opportunity to hear James tell his own story and give his insight into how one strand of Scotland’s history was woven.

The walk will follow well-surfaced forest roads but sturdy footwear – and appropriate outdoor clothing - is recommended. Hot drinks will be provided but everyone attending should bring their own lunch with them.

For more information call Ruari Watt in the Commission’s Torlundy office on 01397 702184.

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 660,000 hectare national forest estate. The Commission’s woodlands are making a difference to the well being of Scotland’s people and their communities. Local woodlands act as a catalyst for communities to meet up, get involved with projects and volunteering, or simply enjoy the many walking trails, bike rides and peace and quiet that forests and woodlands can offer.

1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 667,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.