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Carbeth


Stirling

A community in Strathblane Parish, lying close to the southern boundary of the Stirling Council Area, Carbeth lies to the northeast of the Allander Water, 4 miles (6 km) north of Milngavie. Carbeth Guthrie House is a three-bay mansion dating from 1810, which was extended in 1855 and 1878. The surrounding estate is the property of the Barns-Graham family.

Carbeth is the site of the largest 'hut' community in Scotland, a form of social experiment providing city dwellers with weekend accommodation in the countryside. Established in the years after the First World War, the community grew markedly after World War II, becoming a locus for the homeless after the Clydebank Blitz, and now extends to 140 huts spread over 36.5 ha (90 acres). A low-impact lifestyle remains at the core of this community; most huts have no electricity, mains water or sewage. Controversy raged when tenant rents were increased in the 1990s and a lengthy rent-strike ensued. In 2013, the community was able to buy the land on which their huts are located for £1.75 million.

Carbeth Hill rises to the southeast and Carbeth Loch lies to the east, with the West Highland Way beyond.


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