A review of Community Rights to Buy will begin this summer to look at how effective the current powers are.

Community Right to Buy has now been in use for 20 years. During that time, there have been several additions and amendments to the original rights in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and various reports and recommendations on how to improve and amend them further.

Five areas - in the Scottish Borders, Galloway, Lochaber, Loch Awe and Tay Forest - are in the running to be Scotland’s next National Park.

Scottish Festival of Real Bread returns

The festival welcomed almost 1,000 people last year and this February expects to attract even greater numbers with a line-up packed with events championing those who produce Real Bread, from soil to slice, and that cater to those who value its place on the table.


Motorhomes and campervans have been an increasing sight on Scotland’s rural and island roads over the last several years.

South of Scotland Destination Alliance Conference

The SSDA Conference is the key annual event bringing together all those involved in tourism across the South of Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders).  It is a unique opportunity to connect, network, learn and collaborate.


A strategic plan to improve the reliability and resilience of transport links for island communities has been published.

Overseas visitors are coming to Scotland in greater numbers than before the pandemic.

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show that Scotland has staged a stronger post-pandemic recovery than the UK as a whole, welcoming 1.4 million international tourist visits from July to September last year - up 14% on the same period in 2019.



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.

Ensuring everyone in Scotland can access nutritious, sustainable food is at the heart of new plans to transform the country’s food system.

Agritourism Start Up Support - Scotland's Agritourism Monitor Farms

Are you considering agritourism? Or a new rural tourism business? Or rural food and drink business?

Are you in the planning process or build process? Or you have been open or trading for 6 months or under.

Join a small group going through the same, facilitated by Caroline Millar to gain support and share experiences. This is a monthly online support meeting.