Carbeth Hutters hold open day

12.7.14 CARBETH. Tour of Carbeth Huts.
12.7.14 CARBETH. Tour of Carbeth Huts.

The community of hutters at Carbeth near Strathblane opened its doors to those interested in getting involved in hutting recently.

More than 100 visitors went along to the open day to see how owing a hut in rural Scotland could be done. Those who attended picked up many useful tips from hut owners on the various benefits and pit falls to those wanting to get involved.

Morven Gregor, chair of the Carbeth Hutters Community Company said: “It was great and a huge success. We reckon about 100 people came along throughout the afternoon and we took them around in small groups explaining how we have organised ourselves up here.”

In the morning there was an informal meeting in Maryhill Burgh Halls with a question and answer session afterwards. A bus was specially put on to take people up to the Carbeth hut site in the afternoon to give people a look at how the process worked in practice.

Ms Gregor added: “There was a real mix of people who came along to both the morning and afternoon events. The one thing that struck me was how enthusiastic everyone was. It was good to show people the different styles of huts that we have up here. I think it was quite inspiring for them.”

The Carbeth Hutters Community Company (CHCC) bought the 98 acre site last year for £1.75million after securing a bank loan. They had fought a 15 year battle with landowner Allan Barns-Graham, but he finally agreed to sell the land after a carefully negotiated settlement. More than 130 huts are on the site.

During the Second World War, families from Clydebank were housed there and it became a favourite retreat for working class people wanting respite from the Clyde in its shipbuilding heyday.