The Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, a world first, opens in Spring 2023 at Dundreggan conservation estate near Loch Ness.It will welcome visitors to learn discover the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Scottish Highlands.
The Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, opening by March 2023, will be a free-to-access experience, encouraging guests to engage with rewilding and heritage. The centre will act as the gateway to the 10,000-acre estate, its wild forest and the outdoors. There will be accessible trails, child-friendly forest adventures and routes for the avid hillwalker. The Centre will feature a cafe, classrooms and an events space alongside a 40-bed accommodation building, welcoming visitors to discover stunning wild landscapes and learn about unique wildlife.
Just eight miles from the shores of Loch Ness and on the main road to Skye, the Dundreggan estate has been rewilded by Trees for Life for 13 years. This custodianship has seen the protection and expansion of globally important fragments of Scotland’s Caledonian Forest. Work undertaken to expand the forest has led to the successful breeding of golden eagles for the first time in 40 years and populations of native species, such as black grouse, beginning to recover. Over 4,000 species of plants and animals have been found at Dundreggan, many of which are rare and protected.
The core of the Centre will include displays and interpretation in English and Gaelic with the centre drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of the locality and of the wider Highlands.
The landscape and its ancient connections to Gaelic language and culture will encourage people to ‘rewild’ themselves by exploring the human relationship with nature over the centuries. Scotland, the UK and the wider world need a place where rewilding can be explored, explained and experienced.
That is why Trees for Life will create the world’s first Rewilding Centre at Dundreggan, a place where rewilding has been happening since 2008.
The full programme of activities is in development and will be made available next year prior to opening.
While the Centre website is under development, further information can be found at: RewildingCentre@treesforlife.org.uk
General enquiries about programme development, accessibility and visitor information can be sent to: RewildingCentre@treesforlife.org.uk
Tour operators and suppliers can contact Ian Richards: email@example.com
If you are a teacher or educator interested in learning more about the education programming being developed for the 2022-23 school year, please contact Centre Education Manager, Kat Murphy: firstname.lastname@example.org