Crofters, landlords and their solicitors have even more reason than usual to raise their glasses on St Andrew's Day this year. On 30 November a new public Register of Crofts will be introduced, with the aim of eventually building an accurate list of every croft in the country.

This new database is intended to provide a fast and simple solution to costly and time-consuming disputes over land ownership and croft tenancy rights.

Maintained by the Registers of Scotland, the new Register will set out the exact extent of crofts according to the Ordnance Survey Map, along with details of who owns the land and who occupies each croft. It will also list common grazings and runrig. Everyone will be able to view it free online at www.crofts.ros.gov.uk.

For more information on how the Register of Crofts will work and what steps Crofters and Landlords need to take please click here.