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Small But Beautiful Ideas

Simple but wonderful initiatives from across the SCOTO Network.
Here's a range of initiatives we're gathering from the SCOTO Network, which don't cost much but have a big impact. Let us know if you have something to add.

If you have any information which could be useful for the Network or you feel that something is missing please email

Red Telephone Boxes

Communities across Scotland have repurposed their classic old telephone boxes into useful and fun focal points in the street landscape. 

You can adopt a classic phone box for your community for as little as £1 and give it a new lease of life as something completely different, but you do have to be a recognised local authority, Community Council (or equivalent) or a registered charity. You can find more information from BT Adopt A Kiosk webpage.

Here are some links to community groups who have repurposed a telephone box:

Portobello Light Box Art Project

Library in Kinnesswood

Share Box in Balerno

11 ideas across the UK

Defibrillator Stations in Duirinish  and Community Heart Beat Convert Phone Box


Bus Stops
Why not adopt your bus shelter?

Rural bus stops often look very lonely. The Unst Bus Shelter has become famous for its eye-catching changing displays.

The Unst Bus Shetler


Woolly Communities
Crochet and woollen designs on street furniture are as beautiful as a 'bloom' affect and brighten towns and villages throughout the year.

Here's some examples of what some communities have done with their knitting needles:

Girvan Crochet Group

Souter Stormers

Strathaven Combat Crotchet and Knitting Ninjas

Pictures to come!



Pay What You Can / Pass It On Schemes

'Pass it on' and 'pay what you can' schemes are  becoming popular throughout Scotland, espcially in the current finanical environment.

Here are a number of organisations running these schemes:

GALE Centre


Cafe ReCharge CIC

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Library of Things

Community libraries are popping up across Scotland where you can borrow something you need. For many families on holiday this can be helpful to keep costs down, reduce what you take on and still be able to have a great time away.

From beach toys to equipment, why not develop your own community library for things people might need on holiday? Some are for free, and some are for a small donation.

Bùth Bharraigh Beach Library

Jura Toy Library

Keep Your Area Beautiful

Communities like Discover Cullen hold monthly beach cleans, which have become popular with visitors. It's a great way to give something back and meet locals who will know where the best places to eat and things to do in the area.

Go Girvan has a Litter Picking Station at their visitor hub where you can borrow equipment to clean up. For every person who picks a bag of rubbish from their streets or the beach, they are rewarded with a free hot or cold drink and a snack as a big thank you.