Arts, culture and heritage

Huts and Hutting Session with Donald McPhillimy

Huts and Hutting Session with Donald McPhillimy

6th March 2024 – 10-11.30am  

  • What’s the difference between a hut, a shed, a pod, a caravan and a bothy? 

  • Would you like to know more about the Thousand Huts campaign? 

  • What’s the future for huts in Scotland? 



Following the success of last year's inaugural Gathering in Kingussie, SCOTO look forward to welcoming you to their next national gathering on Thursday 29 February, at the Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club and on Friday 1 March, for learning exchanges in and around Dumfries. Get ready for two days filled with inspiration, networking, and learning opportunities, all focused on 'pressing pause' and recalibrating tourism in Scotland to deliver for our communities and environment first.

Young people with a passion for climate and nature are being asked to come forward and help transform Scotland’s first National Park into a thriving, sustainable place for future generations.

The Highland Book Prize has announced its 2023 Longlist.  Now in its seventh year, this year’s list sees strong representation from non-fiction, reflecting current publishing trends, as well as literary fiction, poetry, and commissioned works from well-known Scottish authors on key moments in Highland history.

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are back for 2024 after a wonderful celebration in 2023. And this year four key areas form the focus of the prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – climate, community, forestry and farming.

Legislation which would give councils the power to introduce a visitor levy to raise funding for local tourism facilities and services has passed its first vote in Parliament.

A bid to nominate Affric and Loch Ness as Scotland’s third national park has been launched, with organisers saying the area’s globally important natural and cultural heritage deserves protection and celebration. 

The partnership behind the proposal says the area of the Scottish Highlands is one of the world’s most beautiful places, and national park status would benefit current and future generations.

An action plan has been published which supports the Culture Strategy for Scotland. The plan provides details of how the Scottish Government will deliver the ambitions of the Culture Strategy.

Integrated Land Use Conference 2024

The Integrated Land Use conference will take place 26 - 28 March 2024 in, and around Kingussie.

This year will be focussing on where we have come from and where we are going in terms of land management and use. What has changed and what has worked. Many aspects will be discussed like community, attitude/behaviour evolution, inclusivity, diversity, forestry, agriculture, wildlife and game management, energy, tourism and many more exciting topics.

A group of eight innovative new library projects designed to enrich communities across Scotland will be brought to life through a share of £106,868 support received through the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF).