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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All


In ancient times Kindrogan Estate was the property of the Robertson and Reid families and parts of the main house date back to the medieval period including the spiral staircase which would once have been part of this fortified manor house.

Later it was owned by the Small Keir family who significantly extended the building, creating a new Victorian fa├žade on the front and adding a ball room (which is now the dining room). They created a palatial country house from which they could go deer stalking, fishing and hunting. A plaque beside the path running from the house to the Enochdhu Lodge beside the River Ardle records that Queen Victoria once stopped here for tea. The family or laird's graveyard lies on the slopes of Kindrogan Hill.

The Balfour family owned the property from early in the 20th Century and rented it out, returning to Kindrogan after WWII. They remained until 1960 when the estate was purchased by the Forestry Commission, and sold on to, the Scottish Field Studies Association in 1963 after a short spell as a country house hotel.

Field Studies Council began operating at Kindrogan Field Centre in 2002 and were gifted the centre in 2010.