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Case Study Supporting community investments Despite a focus on agriculture and forestry, the Burnetts of Leys are also accustomed to contributing to the local community economically and culturally.

The first rum distillery in Scotland, Dark Matter, was set up in Banchory in 2012. The development would not have been possible without the support from local Leys Estate. With an investment complication during the creation of the distillery, Leys stepped in to help.

Tentatively beginning with a small delivery of Rum to local shops, Dark Matter has expanded to a national deal with Tesco, having achieved a Gold at the Global Rum Masters in 2016, putting Scottish Rum firmly on the map.

A further support to the local community, Leys Estate established the Milton Art Gallery in 1997 in a bid to support local artists. Regular exhibitions provide the opportunity to audit popular artists such as Beverley Black, Kanita Sim and Sandie Younson, with an appeal to all interests and budgets.

The onsite restaurant, gift shop, interior design shop and children’s play area alongside the Visitor Centre for the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society with train rides make the Milton a major visitor attraction to locals and to tourists.

Over the years, Leys Estate has evidently evolved dynamically under the governance of the Burnetts, reflecting the demands that have been placed on it in a changing world, yet staying true to its local roots.
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