This large estate is part of the core area of the Cairngorms, internationally recognised as the most important nature conservation landscape in the British Isles.
The estate contains four of the five highest mountains in the UK. It includes the upper watershed of the River Dee and remnant Caledonian pine forest of national importance.
Some 17,500 acres lie within the Cairngorms National Nature Reserve. Large parts of the estate are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the majority of it is within National Scenic Areas (NSAs).
The outstanding wildlife and birdlife on this prime example of a Highland estate are characteristic of the northern mountainous areas of Britain. Conservation work here includes reducing the red deer population to allow regeneration of the native Caledonian pine forest. Other ongoing work includes restoration of bulldozed tracks to footpaths, footpath repair and removal of deer fencing. The trust is also actively conserving significant archaeology on the estate. There is pedestrian access to all the estate, including short and long distance walks. A range of guided walks are on offer, contact the ranger service for more information.