The Bothy, the Hut and the Wild, Wild Mind

Project Date: Saturday 1 March 2014 –

To celebrate the completion of Sweeney’s Bothy* in March 2014, a one day symposium was held at Heriot Toun in the Scottish Borders.  Poets, artists, hutters, and creative directors were invited to come along to discuss the past, present, and future of bothies, huts, and rural artist residencies in Scotland.  The event was hosted by CABN in partnership with The Bothy Project and Heriot Toun.

Guest speakers on the day included Colin Greenslade (director, RSA), Ninian Stuart (Centre for Stewardship, Falkland / 1000 Huts Campaign), Gerry Loose (Carbeth Hutting Community), Rachel Hunt (PhD, Scottish out-dwellings), The Bothy Project, Alec Finlay, Kirsty Law (folk singer), and Neville Rae (CABN Advocate for Public Art and Community Engagement).

*Located on the Isle of Eigg, Sweeney’s Bothy was designed by architect Iain MacLeod & artist Bobby Niven in collaboration with artist Alec Finlay as part of Creative Scotland’s Year of Natural Scotland 2013.


All images are credited to Luke Allan.