Land Reform

Published: 27th February 2015

Find out about the Scottish Government's proposals for land reform, including our submissions to the government's consultations.


We have a large landholding relative to many non-governmental organisations in Scotland - in total our nine properties cover almost 25,000 ha. We have long established partnerships with a number of private estates and community landowners across the Highlands and Islands.

Since its inception in 1983 the Trust has been heavily involved in land reform and community engagement. The Trust worked to ensure people had access to wild land (prior to the Land Reform Act of 2003). It also worked with local communities living on and near wild land, and assisted the Knoydart Foundation, Assynt Foundation and North Harris Trust in their community buy-outs, both financially and through logistical support. This contribution has been in excess of £500,000. The Trust continues to support community led schemes through its own Conservation Fund.

Management of our properties is guided by our wild land management standards – a set of guiding principles and targets for protecting and enhancing our wildest landscapes based on an ecosystems approach to land management. Through our partnerships we advise and influence other land managers on good practice in wild land management. Find out more about our Wild Land Management Standards Handbook here.

In November 2014 Scotland's First Minister set out the Scottish Government's vision for land reform and invited responses to its "Consultation on the Future of Land Reform in Scotland." Working constructively with communities is written into the Trusts constitution, vision and corporate strategy and the Trust welcomes proposals for renewed support and encouragement of community ownership, sustainable development and self-determination.

On 23 June 2015 The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament. You can read our responses to the two recent Scottish Government consultations in the downloads below.