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National Lottery backing of Glenmoriston 'world first'

By Louise Glen

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An architect's impression of how the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will look.
An architect's impression of how the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will look.

The Dundreggan Rewilding Centre has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £702,300.

Dundreggan, a 10,000-acre estate in Glenmoriston near Loch Ness, has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £702,300 for Trees for Life to establish the world’s first rewilding centre.

The news comes as a impact survey on the Highlands’ rural tourism has been heavily impacted by coronavirus, with a recent impact survey reporting that the visitor spend is down by up to £564million.

The funding is part of £1.9million-worth of funding for three projects in the Highlands and it is hoped it will see new projects improve infrastructure, visitor offer, engagement and accessibility.

The other projects are Braemar Castle and Strathnaver Museum, which tells the story of the Highland Clearances.

Caroline Clark, Scottish director for the Heritage Fund, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the rural economies that we have funded today. We applaud the hard work and commitment of the communities involved, particularly given the challenges they have had to face over the last year, and hope it will allow them to look ahead with renewed optimism.”

Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will include displays and interpretation in English and Gaelic, along with a café, classrooms, Gaelic Resource Centre and events space. Outdoor facilities will include fully accessible trails, children’s forest experience and more challenging trails.

The centre will also provide events and experiences for visitors and groups with specific needs – such as those with physical or learning disabilities, families, and schools. It is expected to welcome more than 50,000 visitors annually.

Read more news about Dundreggan here.

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