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.

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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.

Latest News

Building Our Rural Future Manifesto Launched

In preparation for the 2021 Holyrood elections we have developed a manifesto highlighting the ten actions we believe are required to enable affordable rural housing and help our rural communities to thrive. We urge all political parties to incorporate these actions into their own manifestos ahead of elections, and identify ways they can proactively support measures to allow rural communities.  Read the manifesto.

Rural Housing Summit Announced

We are delighted to be working with UN-Habitat, Ecology Building Society and partners across the UK, Ireland and beyond to bring you the Rural Housing Summit in place of our annual conference in 2021! The online Summit will bring together individuals, organisations and businesses working to tackle the rural housing crisis to learn from and inspire each other. Find out more.

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.