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.


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. Read the manifesto.


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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We are conducting a housing survey in the Forres area, on behalf of the Leanchoil Trust. We would like to establish the housing needs of older people (aged 50+) and those with additional needs. We would appreciate Forres residents taking the time to help us by completing this short survey.

Smart Clachan

We’re excited to be leading the development of an ambitious new initiative to tackle the interlinked issues of depopulation, demographic change and the climate crisis in Uist. In partnership with community landowner Stòras Uibhist and with funding from Emsée Fairbairn Foundation, we plan to develop Smart Clachan which will incorporate cooperative community-led housing, workspaces, growing space and the use of renewable energy. 

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.