Families standing outside newly built homes

Rural Housing Scotland is a national charity which supports community action on rural housing issues, helping develop community led housing initiatives and campaigning to secure more affordable housing in rural Scotland. Find out more in our About section.


Our next free webinar on 8th July 2020 will look at legal structures for groups wanting to explore community-led housing. Join our email alert list or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for news of how to register.

We’re 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 for Community Led Housing Projects and Community Right to Buy for Sustainable Development in our webinars section.

Enjoyed our webinars? Why not donate to RHS to help with our ongoing work? Donate as little as £4 to help with running costs, up to £300 for a days community consultation.


Scottish Government reports suburban homes as affordable rural housing

Houses built in Burdiehouse, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, have been classed as ‘accessible rural’ under the Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme, according to data supplied to Rural Housing Scotland (RHS). Find out more.

We responded to the National Planning Framework 4 call for ideas

We continue to advocate for effective provision to tackle the rural housing crisis at all levels of government. Recently this has included submitting ideas and a technical discussion paper for the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) consultations from the Scottish Government. Read our submissions.

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.