I camped illegally on a Scottish "mountain" for a year, including a stint at the
summit using a transparent polythene tipi, earning the moniker Hiawatha
from permanent residents of the local pub. I discussed land and power around
campfires with occasional passing hill walkers and the odd stray sheep. I left the
mountain owing to its prevailing winds. Mostly in the form of actual wind, as well
pressure felt from Forestry Commission officers.
"Scotland has the most unequal distribution of land in western Europe.
In a country of over 19 million acres, over 16 million acres is privately
owned rural land. Two-thirds of this land are owned by 1252 landowners,
(0.025% of the population)." (Wightman:1999).