Published: 4th Jun 2014

Dotted around Scotland are small groups of huts – the remnants of the 1920’s hutting movement which allowed industrial workers to enjoy time in nature with their families. Karen Grant from the Thousand Huts campaign believes that today Scotland needs huts more than ever. Simple, rustic buildings have long been central to Scotland’s cultural riches. From shielings to mountain bothies and shepherds’ huts, they have played a crucial role as lively, temporary containers for music, poetry, learning, celebration, retreat, work and family time in Scotland’s countryside. These have been immortalised in artworks as diverse as Martyn Bennett’s seminal album ‘Bothy Culture’ and the Broons’ famous but’n’ben. Today, few people know that Scotland had a strong working class hutting movement that was very active until the 1950s. The largest and best-known example of this is at Carbeth, just north of Glasgow, where over 140 huts continue to be occupied by a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)