Simon Blackett: Managing a Highland Estate

Wednesday 20th November 2002

For this talk we are very privileged to have the Factor of the Invercauld Estate, Mr Simon Blackett, come along to spend the evening with us telling us about his work in running one of the North East's most well-kent and dearly loved estates. The estate itself comprises 100,000 acres of Aberdeenshire and Perthshire with the core of the estate being located between Balmoral Estate and Braemar. There is also an excellent website at

The estate has a staff of 30 full-time employees and the main enterprises include grouse shooting, red stag stalking, salmon fishing, forestry, farming, tourism and let properties. As with many highland estates, Invercauld has its share of challenges, projects and opportunities. Mr Blackett will be telling us about these including, for example, the proposal for a car park at the Keiloch (just across the road from the Auld Brig O'Dee).

Pictures courtesy of Invercauld Estate

Mr Blackett, a long-standing member of NEMT, has been factor at Invercauld Estate for nearly 10 years and he is ready to advise that visitors are welcome on the hills. In this respect the Estate also operates 3 Hillphone services in the stalking season.

Venue: Belmont Club, 218 Hardgate, Aberdeen (map)

Talk starts at 8.00 pm

Admission 2.50    Concessions 1.50

NEMT members will be admitted at the lower price, on production of a current membership card. As a member, in addition to this concessionary rate, you will receive regular newsletters and the annual report.

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