Inspired by Scandinavian detective novels, like the Wallandar series by Swedish author Henning Mankell, Scottish fans are increasingly hutting: spending time in remote huts in the countryside that overlook lakes and beaches or in forest clearings. The huts typically have no electricity or plumbing.
Hutting supporters say that it promotes low-impact, ecological living and rural regeneration. While hutting is a traditional activity in Scandinavia and Scotland, it's popularity has decreased in recent years. The Scottish campaign A Thousand Huts is lobbying to make hutting easier and centers "around the idea of the hut as a place, an experience, an endeavour, an ideal for all to enjoy." The communities of hutters in the Scottish countryside sound like they have a great time. Is this best left to Nordic detectives or an appealing vacation idea?