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).