Scottish Self-Build and Renovation

SSBR North Scotland A5 Flyer Autumn 2021 001If you are in the process of considering building your own home or perhaps even a major restoration or renovation, Scottish Self-Build and Renovation is not to be missed! We bring together under one roof local and national self-build and renovation experts ready to offer you one-to-one advice sessions, providing help on everything from plot finding early design and planning, heating lighting and energy efficiency and renewables, to high tech sound and vision systems!

Scottish Self-Build and Renovation pops up on an annual basis in Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness at the following venues:

North-East Scotland: Ardoe House Hotel and Spa, 12 March 2022

Tayside: Dewar’s Centre, 18 June 2022

Highlands: Macdonald Aviemore Resort, 17 September 2022

With free entry and free parking at each event, we will be running a series of free to attend seminars throughout the day, with topics ranging from converting heritage projects, investigating energy efficient heating and cooling systems and exploring integrating smart technology into your home.

So get ready to talk, bring your drawings, concepts, photos and get free input into your self-build or renovation project.

And if you are looking for a self-build or renovation expert close to you, use our handy guide online. Here is the link:

Attending a Scottish Self-Build and Renovation event close to you is easy. Pop along to our website and register online free. Here is the link:

If you have any queries, feel free to contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Alison on Aberdeen 01224 507222.

We continue to be so grateful to the NHS, and to both the UK and Scottish Governments, for the continued successful rollout of the vaccine programme which, either directly or indirectly, is contributing to the continued drop in new COVID cases, and ultimately hospitalisations and deaths. It's heartening to see everyone doing their bit to contribute to its success and to see a gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions. We watch, with a sense of relief, as life cautiously and gradually returns to some sort of normality.

In this update, we're covering:

1.  Scottish Self-Build and Renovation (Highlands) 2021

2.  Scottish Self-Build and Renovation (Tayside) 2021

3.  Early Bird Accommodation Offers at Macdonald Aviemore Resort from £59

Scottish Self-Build and Renovation (Highlands) 2021, sponsored by Scotframe

We continue to monitor closely the general trends of COVID cases across Scotland and also the specific guidance around events, the latter of which has been subject to multiple updates over the past 8 weeks, the last one made on 26 April 2021.

We have been in continued dialogue with Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Highland Council about our various events within those council areas, specifically Highland Council for the upcoming Scottish Self-Build and Renovation (Highland) 2021 event, scheduled for 19 and 20 June 2021. Whilst they are supportive of this event going ahead (at this time) and for us to self-certify the event (in terms of managing the COVID risks), we are concerned by the developing situation in Moray and the continued "attendee" capacity of 100 (for Level 1) in the venue at any one time, which was re-affirmed in yesterday's update provided by the Scottish Government. 

We have an online system in place to manage pre-registration and capacity numbers on an AM or PM basis both days, and we also have a system in place to manage social distancing within the venue, but we have a remaining concern about the effectiveness of the event for each exhibitor. In addition, if Moray (and/or any other areas) were to go into a further lockdown and/or have local travel restricted, then this again could impact the success of the event.

We are hugely conscious that we have already re-scheduled events previously due to the ongoing situation, but we feel that the right thing to do this time is to postpone the Highlands event and move it out to September 2021 when we are reasonably confident that the majority of the adult population, if not all, will have been vaccinated and remaining restrictions will be lifted to an extent that we can all enjoy a reasonably normal and better attended event, since this will be the first Self-Build event to be hosted in Scotland since lockdown. We have been in discussions with Macdonald Aviemore Resort and we are pleased to be able to confirm new dates as 11-12 September 2021.

Have a peek at this LINK, scroll down, click on "3D" to enjoy the walk-through and pick your preferred exhibitor stand for September and we will do our best to accommodate! 

Scottish Self-Build and Renovation (Tayside) 2021

We have also been in discussions with the Dewars Centre Perth regarding the Scottish Self-Build and Renovation (Tayside) 2021 event, which has been scheduled for 18-19 September 2021.

We have been informed by the venue operators that the NHS has extended their use of the venue as a vaccination centre until at least September and possibly beyond, depending on NHS's requirements to use it as a vaccine booster centre. 

The venue has had to release our booking for September and they have asked if we wish to reschedule. We have tentatively booked 19-20 March 2022 as an alternative option for Tayside but we await the return from holiday of the Events Coordinator to confirm. I'll be in touch with those that have booked for Tayside on the original September dates.

Early Bird Discounted Accommodation Rates at Macdonald Aviemore Resort for September 2021

We have negotiated preferential 4-star room rates (including cooked breakfast) within the hotel as follows:-

  • £59 per person, per night, sharing a double or twin room;
  • £99 per night, single occupancy, in a double room max of 10 single occupancy rooms available)

Room charge includes cooked breakfast and access to the leisure facilities, so it's a cracking deal! You can upgrade to add dinner, for an additional £25.00 per person.

This deal is only available if booked by 30 June 2021. First come first served! We have reserved 50 rooms on a 2-nights deal and we could only get 15 rooms for the 1-night deal, so early booking is advised. 

To reserve one of these rooms within our allocation, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., quoting ETIO120321 and the reservation team will respond with confirmation. Full prepayment will be required at time of booking. 

We are trying our very best to navigate the restrictions and gradual relaxation of lockdown as best we can, and we hope that this is the last rescheduling that we have to do! Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to meeting up in person very soon!

Scottish Self-Build and Renovation is a hugely important event for Etiom and we genuinely look forward to hosting each of these events, with our newest event having been hosted in Inverness just a few days before lockdown in March earlier this year. Whilst the run up to this event was incredibly stressful due to the evolving COVID situation, we were blown away by the outpouring of positivity for this event, which sees it return in 2021, together with an addition of the Tayside Self-Build and Renovation event, scheduled to take place at the Dewar Centre in September 2021. The Self-Build and Renovation community is a warm enthusiastic one and we love seeing the new developments being released at each of the events. 

Following the statements made by both the UK and Scottish Governments announcing guidance for a gradual relaxation of the lockdown over the next few months, we’re pleased to announce that Scottish Self-Build and Renovation (Highlands) 2021, sponsored by Scotframewill go ahead in June this year, at MacDonald Aviemore Resort.

Whilst we cannot be complacent and ignore the current challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic, we are working closely with the venue, Visit Scotland and local councils, to ensure that we follow legislation and exceed best practice to ensure a COVID-compliant, safe environment, helping you to get the knowledge and contacts you need for your self-build or renovation project.

Scottish Self-Build and Renovation (Highlands) 2021 is taking place in the Osprey Hall at MacDonald Aviemore Resort on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2021.

Have a peek at our new interactive walkthrough siteplan, so you can get a feel for the layout. We will be releasing the exhibitors over the next coming weeks.

COVID Preparations

Whilst we will be continually monitoring regulations, we will likely be mandating the wearing of facemasks indoors, utilising a one-way system, using hand sanitiser and limiting numbers in the hall at any one time. Pre-registration is mandatory and visits to the event will be limited to a morning or afternoon pass. We are of course welcome to continue discussions outwith the hall after your visit to the event.

We are excited to be planning our first self-build and renovation event since last March, when we were at Drumossie Hotel at one of our busiest events, just a few days before lockdown.

What to expect

We will again be bringing together local and national self-build and renovation experts who will be available all weekend to offer one-to-one advice sessions, providing help on everything from desgin and planning, heating and lighting, energy efficiency and renewables, to high tech sound and vision systems! We are kindly supported again this year by Scotframe, who will be on hand all weekend, to talk you through timber kit systems and designs.

scotframe logo 300x88 newTo find out more, and to register, pop along to this LINK, where you can immerse yourself in the walk through of the event and register your attendance, for a morning or afternoon pass.

We look forward to welcoming you along to MacDonald Aviemore Resort in June!

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