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Our Story

The Newtonmore Community Woodland and Development Trust is a non-profit making company and a Scottish Registered Charity No 27576.  It is managed by a Board of up to 12 trustees.  

The charity does not receive any regular income and relies totally on donations and profits from sales.

The Trust was formed in 1998 with a view to creating amenity woodland in and around Newtonmore as the Millennium approached.  By 1 January 2000 the Trust had planted 23,000 native trees in 16 compartments around the village.  These were linked by a 10km orbital path, The Wildcat Trail.  The Trust maintains the Trail and manages around 40 hectares of surrounding woodland.

In April 2000 the Trust opened the Wildcat Centre '... a walking centre to provide information to the public about walking locally and throughout Scotland ...' as well as general information, sales and as a more direct point of contact with the Trust.

In June 2010 the Trust launched the Wildcat Experience, for children and adults. Life size models of the Scottish Wildcat were painted as a community arts project.  Today over 130 models are sited around the village forming our 'treasure hunt with a difference' - an all year round outdoor activity.

The Board of Trustees


Paul Woolrich - Chairman

Eric Dodd - Treasurer

Paul Allan - Secretary

Lesley Allan

Mark Thomas

Jim Hall

There are currently six vacancies.



Centre Manager

Lesley Allan.  Keeper of the Cats and Administrator for the Centre and its volunteers.

Recent Trail Improvements


New Bridge beside the River Spey

Everyone was getting their feet very wet periodically - but no longer!!  


Golf Course Stream Crossing

You need working bridges if you want to keep the socks dry!  Bit of scratching of heads here ....


And the Biggest Bridge to Date