Families standing outside newly built homes

Rural Housing Scotland is a national charity which supports community action on rural housing issues by providing practical support for community-led housing initiatives and campaigning to secure more affordable housing in rural Scotland. Find out more in our About section.

Become a Member

Becoming a member of Rural Housing Scotland costs as little as £10 and not only supports us financially, but also helps us advocate for communities and organisations like yours at all levels of government. Members also gain access to discounts and member-only opportunities. Become a member today.


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We’ve been running free webinars during the lockdown period to help you learn more about various topic related to rural housing in Scotland. You can view the recordings of our webinars on Options for Community-Led Housing; Funding and Legal Structures for Community Led Housing Projects; and Community Right to Buy for Sustainable Development and more in our webinars section.

Rural Housing Summit

The Rural Housing Summit is live! Ahead of our main programme of events we’re publishing stories from real people in real rural communities experiencing the rural housing crisis.

Check out our Rural Voices series of videos across the week to help us keep the voices and experiences of real people at the heart of the conversation.

Hear what people in rural communities across the country say about their aspirations for better rural housing. Or watch the full set of Rural Voices videos.

Community Learning Exchange to Spittalfield

In February 2020 we hosted a Community Learning Exchange to Spittalfield, supported by Scottish Community Alliance, so that communities from across Scotland could learn more about the more about their collaborative self build project.

Representatives from Colonsay, The Borders, The Highlands, Orkney, Blairgowrie, Canna, Rum, Lismore and Aberdeenshire visited the village to hear more from Cllr Grant Laing who, in 1993 along with 11 other families, built their own homes together using Rural Home Ownership Grants. They then joined together in Birnam for an afternoon of discussions to hear more about the Hope Co-housing project in Orkney and the Bath Street Collective build initiative.

Read our report on the Community Learning Exchange to Spittalfield to find out more.