In the course of comparing the cabin traditions of Norway and Scotland (the subject of my PhD being jointly supervised by Strathclyde and Oslo Universities) I looked at the research on “Huts and Hutters in Scotland” commissioned by the (then) Scottish Executive in 1999 and published in 2000. I located and contacted the researcher who conducted the study and arranged with the (present) Scottish Government to release the previously unpublished research material. This material was provided as a PDF with some information redacted to comply with current Data Protection legislation and I’ve now made this PDF available on this website. You can download the document here. Download Huts and Hutters in Scotland - 1999 draft research materials. Access to the full report means that neither I nor the newly established Hutters Federation now need to spend time and resources re-doing this painstaking research to gain an accurate snapshot of the precarious state of huts and cabins in Scotland today.
We can invite the public to let us know of any changes to this detailed survey from 1999 – we know for example that sites at Rascarrel and Barry Downs have since closed – so we can quickly create a reasonably accurate picture of current sites and hut numbers in Scotland today and present that in a new update document. Please feel free to access the Google Map depicted above and report any updates, amendments or omissions.
The material is offered in PDF format and should be referenced as "Research Consultancy Services. 1999. Huts and Hutters in Scotland 1999 draft research report material retained by Research Consultancy Services. Released by Research Consultancy Services via Scottish Government in response to a Freedom of Information request in May 2012 by Lesley Riddoch."