Crofters supported by Scottish Government grant to build new homes

An abandoned crofter’s cottage at Airidh a’ Bhruaich on the shores of Loch Seaforth on the Isle of Lewis

GRANTS to improve or build new homes in some of Scotland’s most remote and marginal communities have been awarded to ten crofters.

It comes as part of the Scottish Government’s croft house grants scheme which aims to retain and attract people to rural and remote areas, with the latest round of funding totalling £353,002.

Since the scheme was launched in 2007, more than £22.1 million has been awarded to 1,033 families and individuals in rural and island communities across Scotland.

Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said, “Crofters have been working hard throughout the pandemic contributing to the long-term sustainability of our rural and island communities. The future sustainability of these areas depends on our ability to attract and retain people, particularly young families, and the croft house grant has proved successful in doing just that.

“In the last year we have awarded over £1.8 million in grant funding to help build and improve homes for 59 crofters and their families. I am determined to continue helping people in crofting areas.”