The Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, a Trees for Life initiative in Glenmoriston near Loch Ness, Scotland, has been awarded the British Guild of Travel Writers International Tourism Award for the Best Tourism Project in the UK and Ireland. The winners were announced at the Guild’s Annual Gala Awards Dinner on 5 November at Middle Temple Hall in London.
The centre, which opened in April 2023, was recognized by the Guild and its members for the unique visitor experience that it provides. It is the world’s first rewilding centre, and a gateway for visitors to explore the regenerating Highland landscape that Trees for Life has been rewilding since 2008.
Laurelin Cummins-Fraser, Director of the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, expressed her delight at the award. She said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the British Guild of Travel Writers and its members. To be awarded such a significant accolade so soon is a testament to the unique visitor experience we offer here at Dundreggan and our fantastic team who deliver a first-class service.”
The centre offers a range of activities and facilities, including accessible forest trails, a café and events space, a storytelling bothy, outdoor play area and purpose-built accommodation with 20 bedrooms. It was developed in consultation with the local community, and is free to access.
Cummins-Fraser said: “The centre offers people opportunities to celebrate the region’s rich natural and cultural heritage and connect with nature, and we hope that our visitors leave inspired to make small changes that can have a big impact for generations to come.”
The Dundreggan Rewilding Centre has been recognized for its excellence in tourism, and is encouraging visitors to explore and appreciate Scotland’s Highland landscape. For more information, visit visitdundreggan.co.uk and treesforlife.org.uk.