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Sweeney’s Bothy

Rachel Hunt: Using Sweeney’s as a place to explore the ‘out-dwelling’ skillscape.

My trip to Sweeney’s was well timed, unintentionally so. It came in the midst of my write up, during a particularly fraught couple of months, when a years worth of empirics was being turned into just five chapters of a thesis. I am studying huts and bothies in rural Scotland and have found that, as Nan Shepherd wrote, ‘The thing to be known grows with the knowing’. Even in a thesis there is never enough room. I was s
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Ox On Eigg ‘Isle Land Life’, Psychic Experiments and Site Worship

Isle Land Life, image by Ox, 2016 Ox On Eigg – Isle Land Life. Psychic Experiments and Site Worship is the Ox Art residency at Sweeney’s Bothy, on the Isle of Eigg, selected and hosted by The Bothy Project. Ox Art are collaborative artist duo Annabel Pettigrew and Rob MacPherson. During our time on Eigg we performed daily psychic experiments using Zenner cards, and read the Tarot. We filmed and captured l
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A Sweeney’s Bothy Acrostic

An Acrostic of Appreciation for Sweeney’s Bothy and the Isle of Eigg by Caspar Henderson Sweeney     In Seamus Heaney’s poem, Sweeney is  “wind-scourged, stripped/like a winter tree/clad in black frost/and frozen snow.” But the bothy has a warm hearth, the best designed garlic crusher on the planet, and a hot outdoor shower for use in rainstorm or starlight. Wonder      “How strange,” wrote Hugh Miller, “that [these
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