9 hermit’s hideaways in Scotland

Jimmy Gilligan lived in caves near Crail around 1938. PIC:  James Allan/www.geograph.org
Jimmy Gilligan lived in caves near Crail around 1938. PIC: James Allan/www.geograph.org
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For centuries, the hermit has found a natural home in Scotland. Caves, old bothies and even islands have been deployed by those needing space, sanctuary and shelter.

From the former bank worker from Dundee who lived in a cave for more that 20 years to the little castle on a Highland beach by an architect needing some time out, here we look at the stories of nine hermits and the places that they called home.