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Welcome to the Website for the Crofting Inquiry.

The Scottish Executive announced its intention to create a Committee of Inquiry on Crofting in September 2006, Professor Mark Shucksmith was confirmed as its Chairman in December 2006 and its full membership announced on 2nd April 2007.

The Committee have now completed their remit and will formally present their recommendations for the future of crofting in Scotland to Mike Russell MSP, Minister for Environment at an invitation only event to be held on 12th May 2008 at An Lanntair Arts Centre, Kenneth Street, Stornoway.


Please note that the Secretariat which provides administrative support to the Committee will cease from Wednesday 30th April 2008. If you have any queries after this time in relation to the Committee's recommendations, this website or any aspect o f the Inquiry please contact

Rural Communities Division
Rural Directorate
Scottish Government
Area 1 - D
Pentland House
47 Rob's Loan
EH14 1TY

Tel: 0131 244 6604

The Committee's final report to Ministers is embargoed until after the event on Monday 12th May 2008. However, after this time it can accessed by clicking on the above link for viewing or printing. Alternatively hard copies are available via the above contact. Also available after the event is an economic analysis of the effect of our recommendations.

The document is provided as a full English version with an additional Gaelic translation of the Chairs Foreword and the Executive Summary. A full Gaelic translation will be posted on this site once it becomes available.

Please be aware that this is a large file and may take some tme to download .

Page updated: Monday, May 12, 2008