This year Scottish Rural Network (SRN) continue to support Community Led Local Development (CLLD) through a range of projects and activities.

One of the approaches we’ve taken is to support rural and island communities seeking to develop community assets by working in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation. Their expertise in this areas has allowed us to focus on community ownership of pubs and shops.

SCOTO January Gathering

SCOTO is a network of community tourism enterprises located throughout Scotland and led by a team of dynamic individuals who each have extensive and varied experience in community tourism.

SCOTO Gathering - 'Spending A Penny'

Small Landholdings Modernisation: Consultation Closes 14 Jan 2023


The Cycling Framework and Delivery Plan for Active Travel in Scotland builds on the progress made through three iterations of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) between 2010 and 2020. It reflects our aim to progress from CAPS and to develop an ambitious plan for Scotland for the next 5-10 years.

The World That Is Shaping Our COAST

Join Lateral North on the 10th January for a one-day event and exhibition which celebrates projects throughout Scotland that focus on the country's unique, diverse and ever-changing coastline. These projects, ideas and opportunities will look at the stories of the past, the projects of the present and the ideas of the future, with a key element looking at how the coastline is, quite literally, changing due to industry, climate change, biodiversity loss and other challenges.

Today (15 December 2022), the Scottish Government published its 2023-24 budget which sets out proposed spending and tax plans for 2023 to 2024, as presented to the Scottish Parliament.

Chapter 10 covers Rural Affairs and Islands covering allocations for:


ScotHot, Scotland’s leading showcase for food, drink, hospitality, retail and tourism is returning to the SEC Glasgow from 8 - 9 March 2023.

This year the event celebrates its 50th Anniversary and features over 200 exhibitors over two-days, promoting the best of local Scottish produce.

There will be sessions about the latest trends and innovations in the sector and the chance to meet with suppliers and other sector operators.

The road to zero carbon: your community pub addressing climate change

Are you involved in setting up a community owned pub in Scotland and want to embed good green practices from the very start? Or is your pub already trading and you are looking at ways to transition to net zero whilst reducing your energy costs and addressing the needs of your community?

What stories can you tell in Winter to keep your audience engaged?

This online meeting is being hosted by Megan Allen a journalist, Storytelling Strategist and PR Coach to look at how you can start 2023 off on a high with season storytelling that resonates with your customers.

What stories can you tell in winter to keep your audience engaged?

A report published last week by Dr Simon McKerrell as part of the Music in the Rural Creative Economy research project is now available to view online.