As the least densely populated country in the UK, Scotland has a lot of landscape and its towering mountains, sparkling lochs and golden beaches draw tourists from around the world providing vital income.
The Tomintoul and Glenlivet Hidden Histories project, in the Cairngorms National Park, has brought together a group of public, private and community partners to focus on conserving, regenerating and celebrating their unique landscape, nature and cultural heritage.
Emerging from an economic regeneration strategy for the area, the project is improving important wetland habitats for wading birds, restoring riverside woodlands and conserving historic ruins so they can be made accessible to new visitors. Engaging local people is key, so there are opportunities from the youngest to the oldest to record and research local history, to develop new skills and to learn about the landscape and its history in inspiring and engaging ways.
Human intervention has created the complex landscape and habitats of Tomintoul and Glenlivet and now, thanks to the National Lottery, stories of whisky smugglers, cattle rustlers, soldiers and Catholics are bringing the landscape alive, helping to reconnect people to Scotland’s greatest heritage asset – its landscape.