The Assynt Foundation was established in advance of the landmark community land buy-out of the Glencanisp and Drumrunie Estates, in the parish of Assynt in the North-West Highlands of Scotland.
In June 2005, the community of Assynt bought these estates, 44,400 acres of stunningly beautiful natural land under provisions of the 2003 Scottish Land Reform Act.
The area includes the magnificent mountains of Suilven, Canisp, Cul Mor and Cul Beag, a traditional Victorian hunting Lodge, Glencanisp Lodge, and an awe-inspiring, wildlife-rich world of lochans, rivers and hills.
The Assynt Foundation is committed to its aims and objectives as stated in our Memorandum and Articles of Association, which include:-
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.
- To advance the education of the community and the public in general about the environment, culture and/or history of the land.
- To ensure the sustainability of our community, which is under threat from serious socio-economic problems.
- To safeguard the natural and cultural heritage of the land for future generations.
Through creative and sensitive uses of the estates and their assets, the Assynt Foundation aims to create new employment, enterprise and housing opportunities in order to create a more diverse economy and encourage young people to stay in Assynt.
Key contact: Adam Pellant