Mar Lodge talk for trust

The next afternoon talk organised by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) Angus Members’ Centre is on Thursday, November 17 with speaker Peter Holden.

Peter is the Senior Ranger/Naturalist from Mar Lodge Estate and so with the title of ‘Mar Lodge Estate - ‘Nice and Big’, what makes the Trust’s largest property so special?’, his audience can look forward to a wide-ranging examination of the NTS’s largest property.

Mar Lodge was built for the Duke and Duchess of Fife (Queen Victoria’s granddaughter), with the foundation stone being laid by Queen Victoria on October 15, 1895. At that time the surrounding land was a well visited sporting estate, catering for the Victorian passion for hunting, shooting and fishing.

The Estate covers over 29,000 hectares of scenic and remote Highland landscape and composes almost a twelfth of the Cairngorms National Park.

The NTS purchased Mar Lodge Estate in 1995 and have managed “to conserve its landscape, archaeological sites, historic buildings, wildlife and other cultural and natural heritage features; to provide public benefit through both access and conservation; whilst still functioning as a highland sporting estate.” A wide remit indeed.

All are welcome, no pre-booking is necessary, at the Guide Hall in Forfar at 2.30pm to learn more. The admission charge of £4 includes light refreshments after the meeting.