Vision and Mission

Restoring the balance of nature


Custodian Paul Lister: Leaving a Legacy

‘In the early 1980s, my father Noel purchased land in Perthshire and Argyll for commercial forestry purposes. This investment gave me the opportunity to understand and participate in the culling of deer over the winter months. During this time, I began to appreciate and understand the breakdown of Scotland’s ecology. Over the millennia, the forests which the Romans once called ‘The Great Wood of Caledon’ were cleared and the landscape sanitised. With all the native large carnivores destroyed, the hills and glens became a giant farm for livestock and also overrun with deer.  

In 2003, I was fortunate enough to buy Alladale Estate, deep in the Highlands, with the goal of creating a wilderness reserve. Over the last 15 years, amongst numerous projects, we have planted almost 1 million trees, restored damaged peatlands, brought back the red squirrel, and hosted thousands of local teenagers for week-long outdoor school trips. In addition, we host up to 40 guests at a time in four lodges, which provides much needed benefits to the local economy.

Of course, none of this is possible without the dedication of our team, stakeholders, and most of all our guests!’


Please click here to read Alladale’s Sustainability Policy.

The Big Vision

by Terra Mater