Want to Learn Something New?

Post in Community Groups & Events by Morven MacDonald
The University of the Highlands and Islands are offering the short courses, lectures and workshops detailed below. They sound great!

How good do we feel after learning something new? Have a look

For all courses below, please click on the pink title to see the booking page or further information. All are available at To book, go to the individual course page and click Register Now.

Art and Craft leisure courses:

Intro to Colourwork: designing in Fair Isle style

Join Jam from The Caledonian Wool Co for a live online evening exploring colourwork knitting. Learn the secrets behind colourwork knitting, and design your own pattern for a beanie hat. With project ideas and tips for perfecting your design.

Jam will send you out charts to use for your design, and you will need a range of coloured pencils and a rubber.

*No knitting will be done on the night, this evening is all about designing and planning your project.*​

Tuesday 9th February, 18:00-20:30, £15

Highland Landscape Art

Join local artist Cindie Reiter for this live online course to create Highland Landscape Art. Over three Wednesday evenings Cindie will take you from selecting your landscape through taking photos and making initial sketches, to creating your finished piece.

This course is suitable for beginners or experienced artists who would like to expand their knowledge and expertise.

For further information about what each week covers, click on the course title.

Wednesdays 17th Feb - 3rd March, 19:00-20:30, £35

Jewellery Making Workshop

Join Rowena from Reel and Hammer to learn how to make your own beaded tassels - with no experience necessary you will come away with a new skill and a timeless accessory for yourself (or the perfect thoughtful gift for a someone else). She will take you step by step through how to make a beaded tassel using a 'roll up' method. Rowena will also show you variations of this technique that can very quickly transform your tassels into many different designs, equipping you with the skills to carry on and keep creating as you go. This is a perfect one evening workshop to give you a taste of small beadwork.

Thursday 25th February, 19:00-21:00, £25

Weave your own Mini Landscape

Jam from The Caledonian Wool Co. will give a live online evening of weaving a miniature landscape. A perfect project for beginners or experienced weavers alike. Follow along with Jam on the evening, and then make another at your leisure.

A pack will be posted out to you before the day with wool for weaving and a miniature loom. All you will need in addition is a pair of scissors.

Booking for this course will close on February 22nd, to allow time for packs to be posted out.

Tuesday 2nd March, 18:00-20:30, £25

Needle Felted Easter Bunny

If you've wanted to try making a needle felted animal, now is your chance. Join Jam from The Caledonian Wool Company as she guides you through how to create your very own needle felted bunny, just in time for Easter.

Learn different techniques to express your inner creativity with the simple but effective craft of needle felting.

Equipment kits will be posted out one week before the course, so all you will need are scissors.

Tuesday 30th March, 18:00-20:30, £25

Intro to Amigurumi: crochet your own alien

Jam from the Caledonian Wool Co. will talk you through the basics of Amigurumi - the art of creating stuffed, soft toys by crocheting in a continuous spiral. Students should have a basic knowledge of crochet, including Treble Crochet (American terminology, Double Crochet in British terms).

A pack will be sent out before the course containing the wool and crochet hooks needed to create your very own Alien. All you will need in addition is a pair of scissors.

Tuesday 13th April, 18:00-20:30, £25


Grow-your-own, gardening and natural environment courses:

Feather ID

If you love birds and spending time out in nature the chances are you will come across feathers and be curious to find out more about them. In this workshop you will learn how to identify a bird from a feather; how to work out where on the bird they came from; the science of feathers; what feathers can tell us about the bird’s state of health, age and more!

Wednesday 24th February, 19:00 – 20:30, £7.50

Bird Language

Reading bird language is an ancient skill, closely related to tracking. It involves paying attention to the calls and behaviour of birds, to discover what’s going on in the wider environment.

In this online event you will learn how to understand bird behaviour and the wider ecology in your area; spot tawny owls, sparrowhawks, foxes and other predators using bird language; recognise the ‘five+ voices’ of the birds; and a lot more. Learning bird language is for anyone who loves the natural world, and no experience is necessary. Whether you are just starting out, a seasoned nature enthusiast, or expert, there is always more to discover!

Wednesday 10th March, 19:00-20:30, £7.50

Growing your own Vegetables and Salad

This course, over two evenings, is designed for those with no experience who wish to start growing vegetables, and those already experienced at vegetable production but who want to know more or adapt what they already know to work better in the Highland and West Highland climate and soils. This course will help you to develop confidence in your growing skills, and your ability to plan and increase production with time saving ideas and a helpful diary for growing vegetables successfully. It is also useful preparation for the following poly-tunnel and fruit courses which are also available.

Tuesdays 2nd and 9th March, 19:00 – 21:30, £35

Introduction to Poly-tunnel and Greenhouse growing in the Scottish Highlands and West Coast

This two-evening training course provides the practical skills and confidence necessary to maximise the fruit and vegetable production possible with a poly-tunnel or greenhouse. The techniques and principles of growing in such a sheltered environment will be introduced to participants along with an introduction to choosing a tunnel and irrigation alternatives, choosing a site and construction considerations. This course will allow you to develop your growing skills, extend the growing season to increase production in your own garden, farm or croft or as the basis for productive indoor growing in a work environment, and to generate additional income.

Tuesdays March 23rd and 30th, 19:00 – 21:30, £35

Seaweed Foraging

Join Dr Conor Ryan as he guides you through the seasonal wonder of seaweed foraging. All around our coasts, seaweeds grow in abundance and we have a long history of using seaweeds both for their health benefits and for sustenance. Learn how to confidently identify the tastiest edible seaweeds in the UK/Scotland and take away the knowledge to identify 8 of these unmistakeable species.

Wednesday 24th March, 19:00-20:30, £10


From the comfort of your home, naturalist Dan Puplett will take you through the ways you can learn to listen more closely to birdsong and tell one species from another. We will cover some of the more commonly heard birds using a range of tips to pick them out and commit them to memory.

Wednesday 7th April, 19:00-20:30, £7.50

Spring Foraging

Learn about our amazing wild plants and how to identify and harvest them safely and sustainably, with respect for the wider environment. Discover some fantastic, free ingredients that you can find in spring, along with recipes for salads, cooked dishes, and wild teas! We will also explore the nutritional value of wild plants and the role they have played in the lives of people and wildlife for countless generations.

Wednesday 5th May, 19:00-20:30, £7.50

Summer Tree ID

In this online event you will learn a number of tips for identifying a range of tree species as well as getting a deeper glimpse into the secret and fascinating lives of these huge woody plants.

Wednesday 23rd June, 19:00-20:30, £7.50


Are Whales Recovering in Scotland

Whale biologist Dr Conor Ryan will consider this question in a live webinar about historic whaling in Scotland and the modern day threats that they now face here. Conor has worked with several UK-based NGOs and universities, researching whales and ways to protect them. He will speak about conservation efforts and the public's role in collecting important dataabout whale migration routes. He will draw on his work in the Cape Verde humpback breeding grounds to discuss what threats our whales face when they migrate. He will consider why they come to our waters in the first place and how we can better protect them here. On the question of potential recovery, Conor argues that we need more data and a better understanding of current threats before we can be assured.

Wednesday 17th February, 19:00-20:30, £7.50

Business courses:

REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene e-learning

Designed and moderated by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), this certificate should be recognised by all environmental health officers in Scotland.

The nine modules in this course helps those who handle food understand the risks involved and better manage food safety in their workplace.

Ongoing, until 3rd May, 9:00-18:00, £75

College Courses

Still actively recruiting for the September intake and some courses are already at the waiting list stage for the next academic year. Start looking now if you are keen! Our list of courses is available here: and our prospectus here: If you are looking for more graduate and postgraduate courses then do look at UHI – many of these courses are available to study at home or networked to your local centre, once we return to some level of normality.

Do take a look at our Broadford and Auchtertyre pages to see everything that is available locally.

We hope you find some courses of interest in the above list and as always, if there is something you want to see offered, or you feel you could deliver a course yourself, please get in touch!

Kind regards,

Phil Knott

Learning Centre Manager and Rural Skills Lecturer

West Highland College UHI – Auchtertyre & Broadford

Colaiste na Gàidhealtachd an Iar UHI - Uachdar Thìre

Typical working hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm

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Jeanette Fenwick said:

Thank you for this notification. So much choice. I have signed up to the Highalnd Landscape Art as an absolute beginner and looking forward to learning something new. Even if I'm not very good! 

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Morven MacDonald said:

I enjoyed the first of the 3 Highland Landscape Art sessions. 

I wondered is there a local artist that could deliver guided art sessions for adults online in the area? 

Would anyone be interested in attending an interactive session for all levels of ability?

If there is enough  interest we could also organise some basic art materials to get everyone started with the right tools.

What do you think? 

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