A hermit’s life without electricity, gas, running water or a cell phone

  • Steven Brocklehurst
  • BBC Scotland News

For nearly 40 years, Ken Smith has eschewed conventional life, living without electricity or running water in a handcrafted log cabin on the shores of a remote lake in the Scottish Highlands.

“It’s a beautiful life,” says Ken. “Everyone wishes they could do it, but nobody does.”

Ken’s secluded and reclusive lifestyle of foraging and fishing, but also gathering firewood and washing clothes in an old outdoor tub is far from the ideal model for many of us. Especially at the age of 74.

His log cabin is a two hour walk from the nearest road on the edge of Rannoch Moor near Loch Treig.

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