Highland Council

Sheepdog and Handler Training

Two mornings OR two afternoons training. Contact Ailsa on training@crofting.org for more details
The course will be run by Jasmine Grant, she has 40 years of practical experience in training and working sheepdogs. Jasmine has previously trialled extensively throughout Scotland and was part of the winning team of the BBC One Man and His Dog in 2005. Much of her time is now spent running her croft and teaching others to enjoy and make the most out of their working sheepdogs.

Dornoch Whisky Festival

With an assortment of new and back by popular demand events, The Dornoch Whisky Festival are delighted to be able to offer something for everyone.

Once again, they are welcoming a phenomenal VIP to the Dornoch Whisky Festival family and they have a very special tasting lined up. They've also teamed up with some great industry brands to offer more events that they know you will love. And for those who have another love that isn’t whisky there are even more events than last year with cocktails, gin, beer, and chocolate!

The Sutherland Show

Join us for a fun day out for all the family. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea, from the far north coast to the Dornoch Firth, Sutherland encompasses a wide diversity of landscapes and climactic conditions, and its industries and agriculture reflect this. The Sutherland Agricultural Show began in 1951 to showcase the vitality & productivity of the largest county in the UK.

The Dornoch Highland Gathering

Traditional Highland Games with piping, dancing, tossing the caber, track & field events. Fun for all the family followed by an evening Games Night Dance that is held in the Marquee at Meadows Park (licensed bar).

Dornoch Festival Week

Dornoch Festival Week has a packed programme of family activities including sandcastle competition, children’s fancy dress, children’s sports, family quiz night, car treasure hunt, ceilidh tea dance, pipe band parade, bingo, 5 -a -side football, golf competitions, films, and a teddy bear’s picnic!
Entry: Varies depending on events

Introduction to Shearing

For further information or to book a place contact:
Ailsa on training@crofting.org or 01854 612220
This one day introductory courses to machine shearing will cover the basic skills you need to start out in clipping, whether you have a handful
of sheep or a small flock. The course will give each participant a chance to shear at least two sheep each.
How to catch and cope a sheep to get them in right position for clipping
Safety in using the machine and handpiece

Women's Rights in the Islands

Engender is working to hear from women across Scotland about their rights. Women in Scotland's islands face distinct challenges in the realisation of their rights and this online session will be a chance to talk about barriers to equality, as well as hearing about Engender's work on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

All you need to attend is an internet connection and speakers, and ideally a microphone (although you can also type if a microphone is not possible).

Come on Board: Delivering diversity in Public Appointments

  • Looking for a new challenge?
  • Keen to share your views and make a difference?
  • Wishing to extend your networks and enhance your leadership skills?

The Scottish Government Public Appointments Team invite you to discover the benefits of taking on a board role and find out more about the opportunities that are available on the boards of Scottish public bodies.

You may never have considered a board position before - your skills and experience may be invaluable to a variety of organisations.

Come along and explore further!

Dornoch FibreFest

This year celebrates the ninth festival of fibre and woolen crafts, with Masterclasses in weaving and botanical printing.  For the first time, the event has also expanded into Dornoch Cathedral where throughout the weekend (after midday on Sunday) there is a Quilt Display by "Off the Wall", Scottish Textile Artists. 

Rural Wisdom Get-together

The Rural Wisdom project is exploring ways to make rural areas better for older people. They're holding a series of events across Scotland for anyone who is interested in this work to come together, to share thoughts, to hear from others and to build the Rural Wisdom network across the country.

Karina Ross from Dementia Friendly Communities Ltd in Helmsdale will  share how they support people with dementia to live well in their rural community. We’ll hear about circles of care and how technology is being used to help connect those living in the most remote areas.