The Assynt Foundation. The story so far....
The Assynt Foundation came into being in 2005, with the acquisition by the Community in Assynt, Lochinver, of 44,000 acres of outstandingly beautiful land. The responsibility of ownership is a large one and is taken very seriously.
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. Our vision includes further investment within the building itself, but also our plans include bespoke and secret hideaway accommodation sensitively placed so as not to detract from the landscape.
Some of the visions shared by the Assynt Foundation and Sam & and Rachael 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 and to bring the walled garden back to life and use it to source seasonal produce to the lodge and the community.
We will establish an events programme, using the Pole Barn, Arts Studio, and surrounding areas. This will be linked to the delivery of the hydro schemes, and the income from these will enable us to inwardly invest to the highest standard.
Ownership has always been the easy bit. Responsible management is a really important duty that the Board of the Assynt Foundation take very seriously. The first ten years have been hard ones, but we must not underestimate what has been achieved. We can also be justifiably excited at the numerous projects and challenges that lie ahead.
We really can now see a sustainable and self- funding Estate within our grasp. Achieving this goal will act as an example for other communities to follow.
With the new film 'Edie', featuring Sheila Hancock now out in Cinemas, plus the huge success of the North Coast 500 route, we have seen visitor numbers soar. It is a very exciting project for us to be a part of and together with the Assynt Foundation, we strive to make make this beautiful, community owned estate flourish through improving paths, employing local people, protecting our fabulous surroundings and creating a beautiful retreat to keep visitors returning year after year.