Access to Crofting Toolkit Course

What is special about this course?

A classroom-based introduction to Scottish agriculture directly related to crofters and smallholders. Peer to peer support and a face to face training weekend with industry experts to give you a step up to starting out in crofting, taking on a croft or just to update your knowledge.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements.

This two day course will cover 5 Themes:

  • Evaluating and Acquiring a Croft
  • Record Keeping, Agricultural Production Compliance
  • Croft Land Management
  • Croft Livestock
  • Crofting Horticulture and Agro Forestry

Course Outcomes:

  1. To understand the role of crofting and agricultural production for small units under 30ha within the Highlands and Islands and its context within national and EU rural policy.
  2. To understand the role of primary production within crofting and its importance within food chain organisation.
  3. To understand the role of crofting ecosystems in terms of land management practices, resource efficiency and supporting a low carbon economy within agriculture.

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible

The course is part time and tutor led. It is delivered over 2 days.

How long will my course last?

2 Days

2 days.

Contact your local college centre for up to date information. Alternatively you could contact the Scottish Crofting Federation direct.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

Contact your local college centre for up to date information. Alternatively you could contact the Scottish Crofting Federation direct.



This includes most materials and equipment and all notes. There will be certification from Scottish Crofting Federation on successful completion of the course.


A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Scottish Crofting Federation – Bitesize Skills Courses

You could consider joining our full time one year NC Rural Skills SCQF level 5 or other land based courses and land sector certificates.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Access to Crofting Toolkit Course

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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