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About the Knoydart Foundation

 

Who we are, what we do and what we stand for

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Our Story

 TWENTY-TWENTY-FOUR marks 25 years since the Knoydart community completed a buyout of the former Knoydart Estate following years of mismanagement and decline. 

The historical victory for the community has proven to be an overwhelmingly positive outcome for Knoydart and its people. 

Today, we provide low income housing for our growing population; our subsidiary Knoydart Renewables provides clean energy to residents of Inverie Bay via a recently renovated hydro scheme;our trading subsidiary Knoydart Trading provide services and jobs for local people, including the local shop, post office and butchery; Trading’s accommodation team also ensure that visitors stay on Knoydart is a warm and memorable one, managing our bunkhouse and Wee Hooses self-catering units. Out on the hill our land management team effectively manage the deer population and recently embarked on the ambitious landscape scale Black Hills Regeneration project which seeks to regenerate biodiversity and strengthen community resilience. We also employ a full-time ranger who manages the campsite and ensures that no visitor’s question goes unanswered during a visit to Knoydart. 

As our population grows, we continue to face challenges caused by climate change, economic uncertainty and world events. Our goal is to ensure that the community is resilient no matter the circumstances.

 

What We Do

affordable housing

The Knoydart Foundation provides affordable housing for residents of Knoydart, either through rental property or our revolutionary Rural Housing Burden scheme.

Renewable Energy

Through our green energy hydro-scheme we provide electricity to the population in Inverie.

employment

We directly employ 9 people and also employ many more on a seasonal basis. 

land management

We manage the land as a National Scenic Area and have a 20 year forest management plan in association with the Knoydart Forest Trust.

Our Mission & Approach

  • To conserve and preserve the character and natural beauty of the Knoydart Peninsula for the benefit of the public to enjoy and study in keeping with the views of the local population.
  • To foster and encourage appreciation and interest in the peninsula and to allow access and opportunities for recreation all year round without detriment to the conservation, protection and careful management which the area requires and deserves.
  • To encourage and develop a spirit of voluntary commitment by individuals, corporate bodies and any other groups of people willing to assist in achieving the Foundation’s objectives.
  • To relieve the poverty of the unemployed inhabitants of the Knoydart Peninsula by providing or assisting in finance and opportunities for employment and appropriate training or retraining.
  • To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the peninsula without distinction of political, religious or other opinions in a common effort with the inhabitants and other organisations with a view to improving living conditions.

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Our Partners & Funders

General enquiries: operations@knoydart.org

Tour enquiries: ranger@knoydart.org

Accommodation enquiries: stay@knoydart.org

Shop enquiries: shop@knoydart.org

 

Knoydart Foundation, Knoydart Trading Ltd and Knoydart Renewables - Foundation Office - Inverie - Knoydart - PH41 4PL  Registered in Scotland SC171248  Charity Limited by Guarantee SC026246  All content on this website is copyright of the Knoydart Foundation.