Estate

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ESTATE

The 20,000 acre estate in our stewardship includes crofting land, a farm, and commercial and natural woodlands.

Scottish Natural Heritage has designated four areas on the Estate as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Our Sites are Àird Thuirinis and Bagh Tharsgabhaig, for their significant geological formations, and Coille Dalavil and Coille Thogabhaig for their ancient woodlands.

Within this wonderful landscape we manage forestry programmes, woodland creation schemes, a tenanted farm, deer control and deer welfare maintenance, and sporting enterprise. The challenges of maintaining and managing the Estate are many, but we are committed to managing the land in a sustainable manner which benefits the local economy while protecting its natural heritage.

Deer stalking and management

Deer stalking (hunting and shooting) is an important element of modern land management as it helps protect many native plants and species while maintaining a healthy population of red deer. Deer stalking is also a very real link to the traditional culture of the Scottish Highlands. We have a limited number of stalking opportunities on the Estate between August and October. For further information on stalking packages contact our Estate Manager: estatemanager@armadalecastle.com

Crofting

Over half of the Trust’s Estate is crofting land, a form of land tenure and small-scale food production unique to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Crofting is important socially and culturally as its practice of common working helps to bind communities together and keep traditions alive.

It evolved through the turbulent history of the 18th and 19th century Highlands and Islands, as the crofts, small portions of land, helped to sustain a rapidly growing population. As well as efficiently using land, crofting employs traditional methods of land improvement and management, and animal husbandry, making it environmentally sustainable.

The main produce of a typical croft is lamb or beef, which is often sold on to Lowland farmers for fattening and finishing. Some crofters now diversify into horticulture, and interest in forestry, woodlands and renewable energy is also growing. Most crofts cannot support a family or give full-time employment, so most tenants have other occupations and many are involved in small-scale tourism running holiday cottages.