Simple, rustic buildings have long been central to Scotland’s cultural heritage. 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." Reforesting Scotland


The campaign for A Thousand Huts was launched in 2011 by the charity Reforesting Scotland to promote the building and enjoyment of simple structures (usually wooden) for living, working and recreation in the countryside. They work with a wide range of organisations to deliver change to make hutting more accessible.

New opportunities for hutting are opening up for individuals, groups and businesses to build huts on public, private and community-owned land. The Scottish Government introduced new legislation on 1st July 2017. Key resources and advice documents are linked below.

Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) defines a hut as: