List of Project Partners
Assynt Foundation was established in advance of the community land buy-out of the Glencanisp and Drumrunie Estates in June 2005, comprising 18,000 ha in the parishes of Assynt and Lochbroom. The aims of the Foundation are to manage community land and associated assets for the benefit of the community and the public in general as an important part of the protection and sustainable development of Scotland’s natural environment. A key objective is to facilitate the creation of employment and business opportunities through the creative and sensitive use of the estates and their assets. The Trust has a current membership of 270 full members and 20 associate members and relies on a management team comprising 9 Directors (drawn from the local community) and 5 full time equivalent members of staff to run the estate.
A local micro-business concerned with the inshore salmon fishery in Coigach (ended in 1990s) and owns the associated ice-house and fishermen’s bothies.
Culag Community Woodland Trust (CCWT) was formed in 1995. It manages Culag Wood (40 ha) under a 50 year lease from Assynt Estates and Highland Council and owns Little Assynt Estate (1200 ha) which it purchased in 2000. CCWT is a membership organisation with charitable status and is run by 12 Directors and a staff of 2, with ongoing support from regular volunteers.
Eisg Brachaidh is a private family-owned estate in the west of the project area. Some have experience in conservation management.
John Muir Trust is a membership based charity formed in 1983 to safeguard the future of wild lands against development and to promote awareness and recognition of the value of such places. The trust has over 10,000 members and just over 40 staff based around Scotland, supporting both education projects and the management of 8 estate properties including Quinag, which is located in the CALL area. Quinag is managed by a small team of staff based in the northwest and on the Black Isle.
Kylesku Estate is a private estate in the northeast of the CALL area. The owner is interested in conservation land management and in sustainable use of land.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust was formed in 1964 and is a membership-based charity whose objective is to advance the conservation of Scotland’s biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations. With a membership of over 30,000, the Trust has 120 wildlife reserves, of which Ben Mor Coigach is one. Located in the southwest of the CALL area, Ben Mor Coigach is managed by the Highlands and Islands team based in Tore near Inverness, supported by a large range of Edinburgh-based staff with specialist skills including fundraising, biological survey and recording, data analysis, marketing and volunteer training and support.
This island, the largest and only inhabited of the Summer Isles, welcomes visitors. Come and explore the island’s rugged beauty and discover a wealth of wildlife and history as you walk, sail or kayak round the island. Relax in a cosy cottage, admire the stunning West Coast views and breathe lots of fresh sea air. Enjoy freedom from the distractions of daily life. There are no roads on the island, so you can leave your car and your cares on the mainland.