Jim Hunter

Jim Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands. The author of twelve books about the Highlands and about the area’s worldwide diaspora, he’s also been active in the public life of the area. In the 1980s he was director of the Scottish Crofters Union, now the Scottish Crofting Federation. Later he served for six years as chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Jim’s most recent book, From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Tops, published by the Islands Book Trust, tells the story of community ownership in the Highlands and Islands.

Jim Supports Community Land Scotland because…

“The expansion of community ownership is much the most encouraging thing that’s happened in the Highlands and Islands in my lifetime. In Gigha, Eigg, Knoydart, Harris and all the other places where people have taken over the land around them they’ve reversed decades of decline and depopulation, built new homes, created new businesses – done all sorts of things, in short, that were previously said to be impossible. At the root of those achievements is the human energy that’s liberated when people find the confidence needed to take charge of their own lives, their own surroundings, their own locality. Community ownership is now a proven way forward not just for the Highlands and Islands but for Scotland generally. That’s why we need much more of it.”