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.

Available dates:

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)

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

Bitesize Skills

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.

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


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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