Scottish Rural Parliament

The Scottish Rural Parliament is a grassroots democratic assembly, bringing together people who live and work in rural and island Scotland to debate the issues that matter. Nearly 500 of you attended the 2021 Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament in March this year to share your story and discuss rural and island living. Information about the sessions and their recordings will be uploaded here shortly, so keep checking the website and Scottish Rural Action's social media for updates. 

About the Scottish Rural Parliament

A member of the European-wide network of Rural Parliaments, the Scottish Rural Parliament takes place every two years, each time hosted by a different rural community - Oban in 2014, Brechin in 2016 and Stranraer in 2018. Secretariat and coordination is provided by Scottish Rural Action with the programme and event shaped by a wide range of rural and island organisations. In 2021, the Scottish Rural Action is partnering with the Scottish Islands Federation and Scottish Rural Network in the Secretariat role.   

Responding to the pandemic reality, the 2021 Virtual SRP (2021vSRP) will take place online on a platform which is easy to access if you have a mobile phone, tablet or laptop and an internet connection.  

Unlike traditional conferences, the 2021vSRP is a grassroots democratic assembly, bringing together people who live and work in rural and island Scotland with decision makers and influencers.  Priorities for rural development are identified and captured in a Manifesto for Rural and Island Scotland. The process of listening to each other, learning from each other and visioning our future together keeps us alive to the power of collective activism and action.