Training

We employ a network of local trainers and course directors, many of whom are crofters & smallholders themselves. Delivering a new range of training opportunities, throughout Highlands and Islands Crofting communities, that suits your needs without having to go too far from the croft or smallholding!

Scroll down to find out about Access to Crofting Toolkit Courses, Bitesize Skills Courses & Township Development Training…

ACCESS TO CROFTING TOOLKIT COURSES

A classroom-based 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.

Skye (West Highland College, Portree): Fri 3rd & Sat 4th February 2017 FULLY BOOKED

Argyll (Kilmartin Museum): Sat 25th & Sun 26th February 2017 FULLY BOOKED

Moray (Knockando Woolmill): Sat 18th & Sun 19th March 2017 FULLY BOOKED

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST FOR CANCELLATION SPACES OR FUTURE COURSES IN EACH AREA.

Cost: £70 per person (limited fully-funded places are available for under 25s, sponsored by the MacRobert Trust)

To book a place contact Donna on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01343 209384

Click here for more information on what’s covered in the Access to Crofting Toolkit Course

BITESIZE SKILLS COURSES

A hands-on 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.

ARGYLL:

Woodland Croft Workshop: Sat 18th February 2017 FULLY BOOKED (still adding names to our waiting list for cancellation spaces or future courses)
Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin
Cost: £40 per person (FREE to existing crofters & smallholders thanks to additional Woodland Trust funding!)

Drystone Dyking: Sat 25th + Sun 26th March 2017
travel each day by minibus from Kilmartin Museum to the venue
Cost: £40 per person

Permaculture Design: Sat 17th June 2017
travel by minibus from Kilmartin Museum to the venue
Cost: £40 per person

Animal Husbandry: Sun 18th June 2017
Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin
Cost: £40 per person

Horticulture: Sat 1st July 2017
Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin
Cost: £40 per person

To book a place contact Donna on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01343 209384

INVERNESS & EAST HIGHLANDS:

Backyard Poultry Keeping: Sat 18th February 2017
Dingwall
Cost: £40 per person

Practical Lambing: Sat 25th March 2017 FULLY BOOKED (still adding names to our waiting list for cancellation spaces or future courses)
Contin, Dingwall
Cost: £40 per person

To book a place contact Donna on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01343 209384

LEWIS:

Trees for the Croft: Sat 18th February 2017
Cross, Ness, Isle of Lewis
Cost: £40 per person (FREE to existing crofters & smallholders thanks to additional Woodland Trust funding!)

To book a place contact Donna on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01343 209384

SKYE & LOCHALSH:

Bringing Croft Ground Back into Work: Sat 28th Jan 2017
Balmacara, by Kyle of Lochalsh
Cost: £40 per person

Introduction to Lambing: Tues 28th February 2017 from 4pm FULLY BOOKED (still adding names to our waiting list for cancellation spaces or future courses)
Rhona Campbell’s Shed, Borve, Near Portree
Cost: £40 per person

Introduction to Lambing: Wed 1st March 2017 from 4pm
Venue to be confirmed, Near Portree
Cost: £40 per person

Introduction to Sheepdogs: Sat 10th June 2017
Eyre, Isle of Skye
Cost: £40 per person

To book a place contact Donna on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01343 209384

WESTER ROSS:

Introduction to Scything: Sat 25th February 2017
Stathkanaird, by Ullapool
Cost: £40 per person

Practical Lambing: Sat 1st April 2017
Leckmelm, Ullapool
Cost: £40 per person

To book a place contact Donna on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01343 209384

TOWNSHIP DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

The Scottish Crofting Federation are delighted to facilitate these part-funded development events for crofting townships, interest groups and grazings committees. If you are part of such a group and would like to access this support please get in touch to find out more!
Croft Visits, Visiting Speakers and Demo Days at your convenience!
Click here for more information on our booking leaflet
To register your interest and request full details for arranging your own event please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Also available: Prince’s Countryside Fund ADDED VALUE COURSES

A hands-on range of courses to add value to your crofting enterprise.

ARGYLL:

Introduction to Spinning: Sat 18th March 2017
Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll
Cost: £40 per person

Introduction to Felting: Sun 19th March 2017
Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll
Cost: £40 per person

To book a place contact Donna on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01343 209384

IF MARKED ‘FULLY BOOKED’ PLEASE GET IN TOUCH TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST FOR CANCELLATION SPACES OR FUTURE COURSES.


Our 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 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.

What courses would you like to see running and where? Let us know your training needs by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CONTACT

Training related enquiries can be made to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling 01343 209384.

General enquiries can be made to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling SCF HQ on 01599 530 005.


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