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.

Conference 2023

Our annual Rural Housing Conference took place on the 24th of February at Birnam Arts and Conference Centre. View speaker presentations here.


We create of resources and run events which support our practical work with communities and provide information and inspiration to those looking to develop community-led housing across rural Scotland. From webinars, podcasts and videos to our annual conference, we hope that these materials and events will be useful to you and help you learn more about various topics related to rural housing in Scotland. 

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News and Blogs

Stay up-to-date with Rural Housing Scotland news and have a read of blogs which cover a wide range of issues related to rural housing on our news and blogs page. Check out our latest blog post, in which architect, Sam Foster, shares his vision for the future of housing, starting with rural and island areas!

Smart Clachan

We are working with Stòras Uibhist to develop Smart Clachan in Uist. New Development Officer, Donna Young, has recently begun work to coordinate the project. We will be holding a series of drop-in sessions across the island over the coming weeks. These will be informal events where you can come along for a chat to find out more about this new affordable housing in Uist. For more information, please contact donna@ruralhousingscotland.org

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.