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Glen Tanar Estate

Case Study A community hotspot Glen Tanar Estate
Case Study A community hotspot Since its beginnings, Glen Tanar Estate has been encouraging people to enjoy the great outdoors amidst 250,000 acres of breathtaking Highland scenery. Steeped in history, the estate is a platform for hiking, riding, cycling, camping and wildlife watching. The visitor centre provides a base for visitors, with loo facilities, a charge point for electric bikes, information on local activities in the area, as well as a display about the natural and cultural heritage of Glen Tanar. Michael and Claire Bruce even welcome visitors with luxury holiday homes, event venues and outdoor activities.

Miles of tracks on the estate which run alongside the waters of Tanar, through the Dinnet oakwood, and into the Highlands, are suitable for cycling and riding, and even an increase in the practice of geocaching. Geocaching at Glen Tanar has proved hugely popular, encouraging the young to get out and experience the beauty of the Highlands. Participants navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and then try to find the geocache at that hidden location.

The Monmouth and Firmounth drove roads connect Gen Tanar to Angus, making it a haven for local walkers, while the Juniper Trail has regular seating spots with good views, and information boards to appeal to and educate walkers. The Glen Tanar Health Walk has been set up to assist people to gain or regain fitness. Every Friday from 10.00am till 11.30am a guided walk is coordinated, drawing members of the local community together to enjoy and benefit from their natural surroundings.

In a bid to combine a health push with local conservation, on the 3rd Saturday of each month, Glen Tanar Estate rangers work together with members of the local community and with north east members of the John Muir Trust to enhance local preservation. This scheme has achieved a ‘Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold’ Award for the estate.

The Glen Tanar Equestrian Centre allows for spectacular riverside, woodland and mountain rides in the heart of Deeside and the Cairngorms. The estate’s equestrian centre caters to the wider community with a range of well-schooled horses offering half-day, full-day ad two-day trails, to encourage both young and old to enjoy such an exclusive experience.
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