Atholl Estates, in partnership with The Cairngorms National Park Authority, operates a ranger service throughout the estate to promote access, knowledge and enjoyment of the countryside. The ranger service also runs the Blair Atholl Information Centre, which feature a display on the workings of the estate, offers some activities for children and provides information on what to do in the local area.
The service employs one ranger, Julia Duncan, who maintains 50 miles of way marked walking and cycle trails, operates the Atholl Hillphones network, produces wildlife and nature interpretation, works with local schools, and provides an interface between estate land management operations (such as forestry) and public access.
Increasingly the service is also developing and operating protection schemes for endangered species such as red squirrel and water vole. All of these services are enhanced by collaboration with neighboring ranger services, to the south with the National Trust’s ranger service and to the north with the various ranger teams operating within the national park. Access, education, interpretation and species protection is made significantly more effective when delivered through a network of operators over a large area.
Atholl Estates Ranger Service organises a school open day every other year on the estate, aimed at primary age classes, normally attracting in the region of 1000 children. The event includes a wide range of activities aimed at providing the children with fun, memorable and informative experience on rural work and the natural environment.