Located on the Morven peninsula, Ardtornish Estate is strongly focused on its future as a ‘nature tourism’ destination and has put sustainability and conservation at the heart of its operations. The landscape consists of a wide range of habitat types including several Sites of Special Scientific Interest and is home to rare species such as eagles, pine martens, otters and Scottish wildcats.
In 2017, a major study was commissioned into ecological restoration on the estate, which has led to a vision towards sustainable development. The estate has now begun to use the income generated from renewable energy to invest in ecological conservation measures. Any surplus income is being invested into visitor accommodation, ensuring the quality on offer is to a high standard. Situated only 3½ hours from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, Ardtornish has a range of visitor accommodation, from grand Victorian apartments to cosy self-catering cottages, visitors can relax surrounded by a captivating landscape.
There are a range of activities on offer for tourists, such as fishing, photography, hiking, shooting, mountain biking, boat trips and many more. The estate also produces their own lamb, beef and venison, which is available for sale in the Gift Shop.
In addition to improving the quality of the tourism offer at Ardtornish, they are also invested in improving the quality of the estates natural assets and are embarking on a large tree planting programme while also reducing deer numbers. Regenerating and planting around 5,000 acres of new trees over the next few years will have a great influence on enhancing biodiversity. With reduced grazing, more woodland cover and greater biodiversity the soil structure and its fertility can be improved over the long term.
“This is a delightful place to stay everyone is so helpful. Plenty of walking and cycling. It is in an ideal area of natural beauty with plenty of wild life” – Guest, Cramlington
The work of Ardtornish Estate demonstrates productive sustainable rural activity and works to ensure the future viability of its tourism operations through investing in conservation and the local community.