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Maintenance Trust
What is it?
Rothiemurchus Estate Maintenance Trust was established to care for Rothiemurchus; its natural environment, its buildings and people. It was started by Johnnie Grant the younger of Rothiemurchus, in 1980 to enable the restoration of the Doune of Rothiemurchus. However in 1984 its purposes were extended to care for the heritage of Rothiemurchus.
How much is spent maintaining Rothiemurchus?
Although Rothiemurchus covers about 40 square miles, the multiple national and international nature conservation, scenic, historic buildings and ancient monuments, designations, nominations and awards cover an area of over 200 square miles as there are an average of 5.5. ‘Designations’ on each piece of land.

It’s important to note that although there are over 350,000 visits per year to Rothiemurchus only about 17% of visitors buy anything from an Estate or partner business.  At present the annual expenditure is about £250,000 per year about half of which is paid by the public sector, however the cost of looking after ‘the public benefit’ to meet a wide range of expectations in areas of this importance, has been independently audited as needing to be nearer £400,000.

We really need your support to help care for Rothiemurchus. You can do this by becoming either a Friend or an Explorer, buying activities or from our shops. The money you spend goes towards caring for this fantastic place.
Is this enough?
No, there is a long list of buildings that require expenditure to safeguard them for the future, whilst in the past there has been public funding for path repairs this has not been provided since 2005 and there are massive opportunities for improving public outcomes on the estate. We would also really like to work on some projects in the future such as consolidating the walls of Loch an Eilein Castle, making the Cairngorm Club or Iron Bridge suitable for all abilities and improving the paths in the hills, such as the Lairig Ghru.
How can I help?
You can help by becoming a Friend or an Explorer. You can also help by participating in activities on the estate, purchasing estate produce in the shop or by making a donation. Everything is extremely welcome. If you wish to send a donations please make a cheque payable to; Rothiemurchus Maintenance Trust, c/o Hugh Younger, WS, Murray Beith Murray, 3 Glenfinlas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6AQ.
Will my donation be spent well?
Of course, and any donations will be greatly appreciated to help maintain this superb place. Donations can be made free of capital gains and inheritance tax. The trust is supervised by the Treasury, expenditure is audited by Chartered Accountants, and the trust is administered by the Trustees including a solicitor and the National Trust for Scotland.
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