The Assynt Foundation. The story so far....
Assynt Foundation Limited was established as a community body in advance of the acquisition of the Glencanisp and Drumrunie Estates in 2005,under the Scotland Land Reform Act,which provides communities like Assynt with the ability to own the land they live and work in and around. Covering 44,000 acres of outstandingly beautiful land which takes in the southern half of Assynt,we are immensely proud to be the community owners of this wonderful place.
The old Victorian Glencanisp Lodge, with its unique setting, has been restored and improved, creating a launch pad for what we believe will be a visitor experience unlike anything else in the world.
Core objectives are to improve the facilities for visiting walkers, campers, artists, sport enthusiasts and the public at large, encourage young, local people to live and work in the community.We have also returned the Lodge Walled Garden to production and are using it to source seasonal produce for the Lodge and the wider community.
We have an established events programme, using the Pole Barn, Arts Studio, and surrounding areas.
Ownership of this wonderful asset is something that the Board of the Assynt Foundation take very seriously. The first ten years have not been without many challenges, but we must not underestimate what has been achieved. We can also be justifiably excited at the numerous projects and challenges that lie ahead.
The continued growth in popularity of the North Coast 500 route has seen visitor numbers soar,and so the Assynt Foundation as a community owned entity are very clear in their objectives,which are to undertake sustainable development of our land and buildings in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future gerenations to meet their own needs.