Cairngorms National Park

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Sale of Kinrara Estate

2nd August 2004

The Board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority has expressed its interest in the forthcoming sale of one of the area’s most scenic sporting estates.

It has been reported that Kinrara Estate, just south of Aviemore, will be placed on the open market next month.  Although the Park Authority has no statutory role to play in the sale of Kinrara, the issue will be watched closely by the organisation and the CNPA could become involved in an advisory capacity.

At a recent meeting of the Park Board’s Planning Committee, convener Andrew Thin told members that although the sale is a private matter between owners and prospective buyers, any sale of a substantial area of land within the Cairngorms National Park does raise issues of legitimate public interest.

Kinrara Estate boasts areas of very high natural heritage and landscape value, as well as important cultural heritage.  There are also areas with significant recreational potential.  At its meeting in Tomintoul, the Park Board agreed that it would expect any new owner to commit to managing the estate’s national assets in an appropriate manner, and where practicable, to develop plans to enhance public awareness and enjoyment of them.  Also a prospective purchaser should recognise their responsibilities for facilitating public access and recrea