The full ‘Crofters & Smallholders Skills Boost’ Project will launch around the end of September, delivering a new range of training opportunities throughout Highlands and Islands Crofting communities. We’ll be employing a network of local trainers and course directors, many of whom are crofters & smallholders themselves, to deliver training that suits your needs without having to go too far from the croft or smallholding!
Access to Crofting Toolkit
An introduction to Scottish agriculture directly related to crofters and smallholders. Peer to peer support and a face to face training weekend with industry experts to give you a step up to starting out in crofting, taking on a croft or just to update your knowledge.
Inverness (Craigmonie Hotel): Sat 1st & Sun 2nd October 2016
Lewis (UOG Business Centre, South Galson, Isle of Lewis): Fri 4th & Sat 5th November 2016
Skye (Portree, venue tbc): Fri 3rd & Sat 4th February 2017
Argyll (Kilmartin Museum): Sat 25th & Sun 26th February 2017
Moray (venue tbc): Sat 18th & Sun 19th March 2017
Cost: £70 per person (limited fully-funded places are available for under 25s, sponsored by the MacRobert Trust)
A range of one day bite-sized skills courses for the croft from fencing to fleece across the Highlands and Islands: animal husbandry and handling, boundary maintenance, croft land management, cropping and horticulture and much more.
In development stage, course dates coming soon…
Township Development Training
A training menu containing a range of expert speakers and demo days that can be arranged for grazings meetings, community events and shows. Examples include AI demo, land management on common grazing, inspiring site visits and sharing best practice.
Training is available for aspiring, new and existing crofters and open to anyone with an interest in learning more about rural skills and crofting. Our training courses are aimed at people interested in developing knowledge and skills in crofting, both for new entrants and to support existing crofters in best practice and improving performance.
To register your interest in our training courses and receive email updates: