Rural services

Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up to tackle digital exclusion during the coronavirus crisis.  

Phase three is now underway and aims to remove barriers related to digital exclusion for unemployed young people and adults (aged 16+). 

Not-for-profit community groups in rural areas can now apply for funding of up to £50,000, to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities.

Trees to Improve Your Farm Business

In this face-to-face, walk and talk event Iain and Marion McDonald of Ardoch and Threepland farms will be joined by Virginia Harden Scott, Woodland Creation Officer for Scottish Forestry and Dr Vicky West, UK Woodland Carbon Code Manager, Scottish Forestry, to talk about:

Leading Scotland safely out of the pandemic, urgently confronting climate change, driving a green, fair economic recovery, and boosting opportunities for children and young people are among the core priorities in this year’s Programme for Government (PfG), published today.

Scottish Rural & Islands Transport Community Gathering

The 2021 Gathering will bring together bring together members of the rural and islands transport community from across the world.

Keeping to the spirit of the SRITC, the Gathering will be engaging, informative, interactive, and most importantly fun.

Tens of thousands of rural and island homes and businesses in Scotland are set to access the UK’s fastest and most reliable broadband.

Scottish Government investment of £384 million through the Reaching 100% programme (R100) will see building of full fibre connections begin in September 2021 around Oban, Argyll and Bute, and Portlethen and Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire.

Applications are now open for the Be Your Best Self personal development programme for women in agriculture. 

  • Are you a woman living or working in Scottish agriculture?

  • Do you feel like you need to re-focus on your life goals?

Find out about some of the latest rural job vacancies.

 Angus Council - Service Leader, Vibrant Communities

A brand new exciting opportunity has opened up at Angus Council heading up a newly formed team of Vibrant Communities.

Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy issues an update on Covid baseline measures for business.

The next steps in reforming the agriculture sector in Scotland and supporting farmers and crofters to cut emissions and produce sustainable, high quality food have been set out by Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon. 

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