Haddo is a lowland estate in north east Scotland that is dedicated to farming, forestry management, sustainable development and country sports. With the magnificent National Trust eighteenth-century mansion, Haddo House, at its centre, alongside the Country Park, it provides numerous attractions for visitors, whether it be shopping and eating at Formartine’s, dogwalking amid outstanding scenery or fishing at the Haddo Trout Fishery.
A Note from the Laird
“Haddo is very dear to my heart. I regard myself as a custodian of this special place which has been nurtured by my family since the late fifteenth century. It has always been my personal aim to hand it on to the next generation in a better condition than that in which I found it. The Estate is also special to many others, not just myself. Above all, it is home to many people, whether it be my immediate family, those who work here full-time on the Estate with its various ventures, the large number of local tradesmen and contractors who come to work here, or the many people who live in our tenanted houses. The vast majority of our staff have worked here for at least ten years, and many for over twenty or thirty years. On average, house tenants stay for over seven years, reflecting a desire to be associated with such pleasant surroundings.
Our commitment to environmentally friendly projects has been borne out by the installation of four woodchip boilers providing heating and hot water to over thirty homes, and the construction of a hydroelectric scheme generating pollution-free electricity into the national grid all day, every day. Furthermore, our new shop and restaurant, Formartine’s, due to open in the spring of 2012, will practice an ethical buying policy with a strong emphasis on sourcing as many local ingredients as possible to cut down on food miles. Our farming operation keeps the local countryside looking neat and tidy as well as providing a valuable source of local employment. The forestry policy is committed to replanting all clearfelled woods as well as planting a large proportion of hardwoods for future generations to enjoy, all the while enhancing the magnificent trees that dominate our landscape.
We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to Haddo, and are sure that you will enjoy all the facilities, activities and atmosphere that it has to offer.”