Tomduie Clachan – A pioneering project to help tackle 
the rural housing crisis and climate emergency

In anticipation of the upcoming United Nations COP-26 Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow, a pioneering new project has been announced in Comrie, Perthshire. Tomduie Clachan is a proposed zero-carbon community housing project at Comrie Croft, one of Scotland’s leading ecotourism destinations. Tomduie Clachan is designed as the flagship in plans for Comrie Croft’sRead More

Scottish Government home buyer schemes not fit for purpose in remote rural and island Scotland

National home ownership support schemes often fail to meet their full potential in rural and island areas as they do not recognise that the circumstances surrounding housing are different to those in urban areas. Open Market Shared Equity (OMSE) is one such scheme. It helps eligible buyers, on low to moderate incomes, buy a homeRead More

Scottish Housing Day (Part 2) – The realities of trying to improve home energy efficiency in our remote rural and island communities

This year, Scottish Housing Day is focused on the role of housing in the climate emergency. We have released two blogs on this theme. You can read our first Scottish Housing Day blog here. Our homes are responsible for 13% of Scotland’s emissions which means, in order to meet our ambitious net-zero targets, we needRead More

Scottish Housing Day (Part 1) – Home energy improvement challenges in rural and island communities

With COP26 just around the corner, this year’s Scottish Housing Day is focused on the role of housing in the climate emergency. With this theme in mind, we have released two blogs looking at the difficulties rural households can face to implement important energy efficiency improvements. You can read our second blog here. Our homesRead More

Why working to tackle the rural housing crisis matters to me: Interview with Kirsty Glover

Our newest team member and recent graduate, Kirsty Glover, tells us about her passion for rural issues which led to her dissertation comparing rural depopulation in northern Spain and the Scottish Highlands. As a resident of Applecross, Kirsty also shares her thoughts on what better rural housing would mean to communities like hers and exploresRead More

Report highlights need for better resourcing for ‘crucial’ work of rural housing facilitators

Rural Housing Scotland is named as one of a handful of key players in the provision of affordable rural housing in a new report commissioned by the Scottish Land Commission. However, the report’s authors note the impact of this “crucial” work is “constrained by time and resource”. The ‘Role of Land in Enabling New HousingRead More

Construction of Rural Homes in a Post-Covid Era: Interview with Kenny MacLeod

Kenny MacLeod is a Director of MacLeod Construction – an Argyll-based construction firm and timber kit manufacturer with 45 years’ experience of building new homes across Argyll and beyond. In this interview we ask him about some of the challenges faced by rural developers and the approaches and solutions he believes are required to tackleRead More

Post-COVID rural Scotland needs a post-war style ‘blood transfusion’

“The Highlands have been subject to steady de-population for the last half-century and have been treated like a dying patient to whom people have been handing out hot gruel, etc., with the patient merely grumbling and growling as it went into a decline… The one urgent thing is to stop any further migration. In additionRead More

RHS helps Tarland community explore options for affordable housing

We’re delighted to be working with Tarland Development Group (TDG) on a12-month project aimed at taking steps towards developing new, affordable housing in the Aberdeenshire village. Like many parts of rural Scotland, Tarland has suffered from the twin challenges of under-investment in affordable housing and increasing levels of commuting to towns and cities. This hasRead More