Highlands & Islands

Highlands & Islands

Highlands & Islands

mrWelcome to the Highlands regional page of the Scottish Land & Estates website. 

Fiona Van Aardt is the North of Scotland Regional Coordinator. Originally from Ayrshire, Fiona returned to Scotland in 2015 after spending 13 years running a 5,000 hectare estate in Tanzania. She now lives on a farm near Aberlour in Speyside. She has a background in business management with over 25 years’ experience of running companies and delivering projects and events. 

Mairi Macleod Coleman, of Macleod Construction and Achnaba Estate (pictured left) is our Highland Chair, heading up our Highland Committee.

Rob Whitson, Partner, Rural Land Management Highland, at Bell Ingram (pictured right) is our Highland Vice-Chair.

Working together and with the rest of our Highland Committee, they play an important role in representing the views and concerns of Highland members. 


Contact Fiona van Aardt:  

Please email:

or call: 0131 653 5400/ 07483 054 291

 tw Follow Fiona on Twitter at @FionaVanAardt


Updates from the Highlands & Islands 


HIE sets out plans for year ahead and for the development of the Cairngorm Estate

Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) has published its operating plan for 2021. It includes targets to support over 700 jobs, increase business turnover by £80m and to secure £60-80m in capital asset and green investment. Resilience support will focus on sectors such as tourism and food and drink, as well as island, rural and disadvantaged areas most affected by COVID-19 and Brexit. HIE will also pursue opportunities in life sciences, energy, space and the marine economy. It has also published a masterplan for the development of the Cairngorm Estate over the next ten years. This will act as a framework to support the delivery of strategies focusing on ten inter-related topics. These include an all-year sustainable operating model, habitat restoration, and promoting active travel. Ivan McKee said: “The long-term sustainability of the estate and its role in supporting the local community, the rural economy, snow sports and the wider tourism industry is a priority for the Scottish Government. The masterplan will enable work to continue on more detailed plans to maximise its potential for present and future generations whilst protecting the mountain environment.”


Check back soon for more updates and news from the Highlands & Islands!