Climate Challenge Fund Project

Lairg and District Learning Centre have been awarded a grant of £183,016 through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund(CCF).

The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. It provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. The project,“Seasons of Change”,will run for two years and begin on April 1st 2020.

It will to help Sutherland and Ross-shire reduce waste and increase levels of local food growing and cooking.Project activities will include a community tool library and workshops to repair and upcycled wood and textiles saved from landfill, in addition to sessions covering cooking and growing seasonal produce

CCF website –


Art classes for Beginners

We’ve still got some spaces on our art classes, starting next Tuesday. These are free for residents of Sutherland or £5 for everyone else. They are great for beginners and a fun way to pass 2 hours. Sign up below through Eventbrite.

Gaelic Taster sessions – starting this Friday!

Learn Gaelic through our short introductory taster sessions; Book onto one, or all! Friday 19th February: Introducing yourself and more Friday 26th February: Numbers & Days of the Week Friday 5th March: Food and Expressing Likes and Dislikes Friday 12th March: Important Grammar, Weather and Place Names Friday 19th March: Hobbies and Leisure Activities Friday […]

Get Into Growing FREE online courses!

We are so excited to partner with Thurso Grows for this free four part Get Into Growing programme! The dark months of January and February are the best times to start planning for Spring and imagining all the amazing food and fun you can have once the light returns. This course is here to encourage and […]

Lairg & District Learning Centre – Closed for Christmas holidays

Lairg & District Learning Centre is now closed with staff on leave until Tuesday 5th January. From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank each and every one of your for your support and understanding through the hardest year most of us have ever faced. We’ve gone from running sometimes 20+ classes per […]

Working from Home

A reminder that our team are working from home and you can not reach us by telephone. We have been unable to turn off the answer machine and any messages left on the phone will be unlikely to be picked up regularly. The best way to reach us is by email through All of […]

How to create a website for beginners class

Want to know how to create your own website from scratch but don’t know where to begin? Then this is the course for you! In this 2 week session we will go through the basics to get you started, from the initial planning stage, learning the lingo, which website builder suits your budget, to the […]

Green Christmas Crafting Sesisons!

Did you know Scots typically use more than 19,000 miles of wrapping paper during Christmas? That is enough to wrap the NC500 nearly 37 times! If you would like to reduce your households waste during the holidays join one (or all!) of our upcoming Green Christmas Craft Sessions. These workshops will be hosted by Jo […]

Lairg & District Learning Centre Monthly Quiz Night

We are starting up a monthly quiz night. Fun, free and family friendly! Held the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Sign up through Eventbrite using the link below.  

Staycation Cookery

Our ‘Staycation Cookery’ series launches this month on our Facebook group, the LDLC Cookery Club.  We have a series of videos to get you cooking foods from around the world, starting with the humble scone.  You can also view the first video on our Youtube channel below by pressing the “read more” button  

The Wild Bothy Online Market

The Wild Bothy has been set up to support and promote local, independent businesses. As we all know the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted many of our local, small, independent businesses, with many business not able to access their usual customers. The Wild Bothy online market will bring together many of our unique creatives, creators, […]

Lairg & District Learning Centre COVID -19 update

Our office is currently closed due to Covid-19.  Our staff are working from home.  We are not currently running any face to face classes, workshops, events or meetings but we are working on delivering these digitally over the next few weeks. If you need to contact us please email  Thank you for your patience […]

Climate Challenge Fund Grant Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £183,000 through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to deliver climate and environmental related learning and development activities for another 2 years. Due to the current restrictions in place because of Covid-19 we are exploring ways to deliver the project online until we are able to organise […]

Ready Steady Cook Event – 13.2.2020

The Gathering – November 2019

We were delighted to take part in the 2019 Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Gathering at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, where two members of our team gave a presentation on how to talk to the community about climate change.

A Dry Subject

According one of her students our business mentor, Anna Renouf, made a dry subject interesting, which is good to hear! Anna has been running workshops since November 2018, helping people in our community (and beyond) in all aspects of business development, from the basics of starting up a business, writing a business plan, developing marketing strategies to using social media.

Train the Trainer

Our Bookings Administrator is off the Keep Scotland Beautiful HQ where she will take part in a two-day training course, learning how to teach people about carbon literacy.

Beavering Away

Schools out, but not for us.

Highland children finished their term on July 4th and headed off for six weeks of summer fun! Meanwhile in The School House the team are beavering away at the August –  Winter 2019 prospectus, planning autumnal and Christmas classes. 


“Learning meditation is wave like, it peaks and troughs but is ultimately powerful”.

An inspirational visit

What an inspiration! On Friday the team headed to Cantraybridge, near Inverness, to meet the successful team behind this specialist further education college for young adults with additional support needs. They offer both day student places as well as residential accommodation and provide a variety of courses and learning experiences across our rural campus.

Who Do You Think you Are?

May sees the start of our Family History evening class, with local expert Ellen Lindsay.

Grow Your Own

There’s nothing more disheartening than seeing herbs in plastic wrapping on supermarket shelves when you can grow your own at home, and pick them when you need them.  No plastic, no food miles and fresh as a … chive.

Climate Challenge Fund Project

Lairg and District Learning Centre have been awarded a grant of £183,016 through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund(CCF).

March 2019 Classes Poster

See a small selection of our exciting new classes and workshops coming this month!

Bird Tables / Feeder Photos

Some great work done at our bird table/bird feeders class yesterday.

Beginners Sewing Class (Helmsdale)

New beginners sewing class starting next Tuesday 5th March for 4 weeks.

Glass Painting Workshops (Tongue / Bettyhill)

Come along and learn different glass painting techniques to create a beautiful vase for flowers or a candle holder.

What’s On

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Here’s how we can help

  • Are you looking to meet new people and learn new skills?

  • Do you want to gain a certificated qualification?

  • Do you need to improve your employment prospects

  • Are you unemployed and looking for work?

  • Are you a school leaver, who is not in work or training?

  • Are you a local group, looking for meeting space or specific training?

  • Are you a business or organisation needing to hire a room with VC and Internet access?

Our learning centre has four classrooms, a one-to-one room, a communal kitchen for students and staff, two toilets (one designed for disabled access) and the admin offices.

The ground floor is fully accessible to disabled learners.

We offer a broad range of learning – from business skills, such as First Aid and Personal Licence Holders, through to recreational classes, such as arts and crafts, and educational training, such as I.T. and core skills.

People Say The Nicest Things…

A few comments from some of the lovely people we have helped

Just a brilliant place to meet people, learn new crafts and take up some old crafts again.. thank you all of you for giving up your time for us

Linda Blowers

We have just attended the cookery Demonstration by James from The Pier at Dornoch Social Club. What a fabulous informative evening. Thank you so much for your time and effort involved.

Dee Hart

Excellent range of classes. Great tutors. Super-friendly, patient and helpful staff. It’s a really good set-up, allowing us to enjoy experiencing different activities at extremely affordable rates. Very good value for money. Highly recommend giving it a go. It’s great fun!

Mo Morris

Very good night last night making a garden trough for only £5. Very patient tutor (Graham) & volunteer helper Terry, lots of laughs, good to Renew, reuse, recycle wood that would otherwise go to landfill. Very professional team & will definitely go to more classes when I can ..thanks so much.

Jillian Mackay

Unbelievable value for money! Attended the 3 course cooking demo for Valentine’s Day with my mum (weirdly haha) and the course was superb. Very informative, great tips and you get to sample the food all for a fiver! An absolute no-brainer, can’t wait to attend again

Chris Ross

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