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.


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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.

Summit recordings

Over the last week in February 2021 we ran the online Rural Housing Summit. The summit included a packed programme of sessions exploring a variety of topics related to rural housing with expert speakers from across the UK as well as from Canada, Norway and the USA.

Recordings of most of the live sessions and all of the keynotes are now available below thanks to support from UN-Habitat and sponsorship from Ecology Building Society. View sessions recordings.

We also heard what people in rural communities across Scotland had to say about their aspirations for better rural housing. Watch the video below or check out 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.