Crofting is a unique social system which stems from the Highland clearances of the Nineteenth Century and has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape, natural environment, cultural heritage and social economy of all the crofting counties. In the project area there are three main areas under crofting tenure; the Coigach Peninsula, the Assynt Coast from Lochinver north to Stoer and then east to Kylesku and the townships of Elphin and Knockan on the eastern edge of the project area.

Crofting is the primary form of small scale land tenure in the project area and a key part of the social and economic fabric. In addition crofting land management can have considerable environmental benefits, and perhaps most importantly provides a vital link between the local community and the land.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Provide support and practical assistance to crofters throughout the local area to allow them to realise their ambitions, make the most of the land under their custody and to encourage new entrants.
  • Employ a Sustainable Crofting & Rural Projects Coordinator who will oversee and manage the project.

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Demonstration crofts in Coigach & Assynt

We will be looking for enthusiastic and forward-looking crofters to take up the demonstration croft opportunity. The croft selection will be done in a competitive and transparent way. Croft development

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 5:06pm

Thanks Hamlet Mountaineering, always great to hear of people enjoying the repaired path up Suilven. Gorgeous sunset pic too!

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, October 15th, 2018 at 12:42pm
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeSaturday, October 13th, 2018 at 7:53am

Another one from this morning https://t.co/pvomggLNgl

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, October 12th, 2018 at 4:52pm

Half term is here! If you are looking for a family activity why not join us on the 24th October at Clachtoll for a family survey day. Help will be provided on the day for the ID of species by Assynt Field Club