Help for Gypsies and Travellers

Coronavirus Information

Up-to-date information can be found on this Facebook page:Gypsy/Travellers Scotland: Coronavirus Information

We provide a range of services to assist the Gypsy and Travelling community including permanent caravan sites and education support.

Everyone has a right to be treated fairly and have access to our services, if you have been subject to any form of hate incident, please report it on Hate Free Highland link below.

Caravan sites

We provide 4 permanent caravan sites for use by Gypsies and Travellers:

  • Longman Park, Inverness - 19 pitches
  • Newtonmore, Badenoch and Strathspey - 7 pitches - contact Sandy Sutherland on 01463 714094
  • Spean Park, Lochaber - 14 pitches
  • Kentallen, Lochaber - 7 pitches - contact John Ross on 01397 707299

Each site has individual pitches each with a utility unit, a hook up facility for electricity and hard-standing for parking caravans and motor vehicles.

You can rent a pitch on a long term basis or stay for only a few weeks. You may also be able to claim Housing Benefit to help with the rent of the pitch.

For more information and advice, please speak to the on-site staff above.

Travelling

We respect Gypsy/Travellers right to a travelling lifestyle. We work hard to get a good balance between this and the needs of settled communities. We set out how we will do this in our policy.

Information and advice

The Scottish Government provides national guidance for Gypsies and Travellers.

Planning and development of sites

Your Views are Needed – Gypsy / Traveller Site Design Survey

Gypsy / Travellers are being asked to take part in this Scottish Government survey. They want members of the community to tell them what good quality, culturally appropriate accommodation should look like. You can influence what is provided. Your views will feed into their guide for designing and providing sites – and what Councils do and get funding for.  

Please do this Gypsy / Traveller Site Design Survey to give your views on what should be included in it.

If you don’t want to do it online, call Article 12 or MECOPP.

This is one of the actions aiming to improve the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy/Traveller communities.