Local MSP Dave Thompson visited Kingairloch Estate on Saturday 12 November to learn more about the positive contribution the estate makes to the local economy and plans for future investment.
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch was given an insight into the multiple use management of the estate, led by owners the Larson family. Discussions focused on the estate’s business diversification activities including forestry, existing and future renewable energy projects and deer management.
Mr Thompson was also given an insight into the estate’s contribution to local tourism including provision of accommodation, sporting attractions and a restaurant and venison business.
Dave Thompson MSP commented:
"I appreciated the opportunity to visit Kingairloch. I found it particularly useful to learn more about the importance of traditional country estate activities in driving rural tourism and business, and to learn of the estate’s various exciting environmental projects. I am pleased to see Kingairloch operating as a successful, independent and multi-functional rural business which is playing a significant role in the Highland economy."
Kurt Larson said:
“We’re delighted that our local MSP has taken up the offer to come to Kingairloch Estate and we appreciated having the opportunity to discuss important rural matters with him through face to face engagement. We hope the visit provided Mr Thompson with a working background on the ways in which Kingairloch Estate is contributing to the rural economy and how it can continue to do so. Our staffing complement has recently increased from one to eight as a direct result of diversification. While the traditional sporting activities have been retained and enhanced, we have continually sought to create new activities which meant significant employment opportunities in a remote area. The estate continues to investigate further renewable potential in particular, being committed to helping the government meet its target for renewable energy.”