Realigning function and place in the crofting communities of the future

Calum Macleod, Nicole Busby

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Although the place and value of crofting as a contributor to the sustainable development of the region has long been recognised, there are concerns about its continuing capacity to fulfil this role effectively. These revolve around a complex set of relationships between land occupancy and use, population retention and the cohesion of rural communities. These relationships present a significant challenge for policy-makers struggling to reconcile legal rights granted to crofters via an accumulated body of legislation dating to the late 19th century within a 21st century policy context in which collective, inclusive and increasingly devolved approaches to rural development are fast gaining currency. This article explores how these challenges might best be overcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-77
Number of pages15
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010


  • crofting communities
  • Scotland
  • sustainable development


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