Crofting in Scotland


Crofting is a system of landholding which makes a significant economic, social and environmental contribution to remote rural areas.

There are 17,725 crofts in Scotland, mainly in the Highlands and Islands, and around 33,000 people live in crofting households.

The Scottish Government is committed to reforming crofting to secure its future, bring new blood into crofting communities and ensure it can continue to contribute to the development of a thriving rural Scotland.

What is crofting?




2017 Crofting Elections


The next crofting elections will take place in March 2017.  Crofters will elect 6 people from across the crofting counties as members of the Crofting Commission’s Board. Work is underway to deliver a free and fair election process.

More details on the role of a Commissioner will be available here shortly.


Consultation now open

A consultation was launched on 18 March asking for views on some key aspects about the elections, including:

  • the boundaries for the 6 constituency areas
  • who should be able to vote in the election
  • who should be able to stand for election

The Scottish Government would encourage crofters, and other with an interest, to respond to the consultation before it closes on 22 June 2016.




01/02/16 Croft House Grant Scheme - Croft House Grants Increase

Improved assistance for crofters




The Crofting Commission has published it's Framework Document. It sets out the broad framework within which the Crofting Commission will operate and defines key roles and responsibilities which underpin the relationship between the Crofting Commission and the Scottish Government.




Croft House Grant Scheme - Update From the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform




Croft House Grant Scheme - Consultation - Analysis of Responses


The analysis of the responses has been placed in the public domain , the document can be found here on the Scottish Government publications website.

The consultation document can be found at and the published responses at .



The Scottish Ministers will carefully consider the responses received with a view to amendments to the Croft House Grant Scheme taking effect in 2016.




Review of Crofting Legislation - "The Sump"


  • During the Parliamentary passage of the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change gave an undertaking that the Scottish Government would consult key stakeholders on issues raised on crofting legislation which were outwith the scope of that Bill – enabling decrofting applications from owner-occupier crofters.
  • Consideration of this was taken in liaison and consultation with key stakeholders who suggested legislative and administrative amendments to crofting law.
  • All major stakeholder organisations are involved – Crofting Commission, Scottish Crofting Federation, Scottish Land and Estates, National Farmers Union Scotland, Law Society of Scotland’s Crofting Law Group, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Land Court and Registers of Scotland.




Report on the Economic Condition of Crofting 2011-2014


Full details of the Report can be found in the Report on the Economic Condition of Crofting (2011-2014).


Supporting documents:


The Crofting Survey - Full Report (2011-2014) can be found in the Crofting Survey - Full Report.

The SAC Report - Economics of Crofting (2011-2014) can be found in the SAC Report - Economics of Crofting.