I know we say that there are no hidden costs when staying at Glencoldon Cottage; and, indeed, there aren’t any cash costs, but we trust nobody will be offended if we offer them the opportunity to be part of an initiative to safeguard the Cairngorms as part of global efforts to reverse the climate and ecological emergencies.  Given the difficult year everyone will have had, please do not feel any obligation to contribute.

Protecting Our Wild Places

As we’re all getting wiser about the very real threats facing our climate, and living systems and species, we’re increasingly realising that there are hidden “costs” to almost everything we do (eg. carbon emissions, impacts on ecosystems).  However, thankfully, we are also getting wiser that protecting and regenerating our wild places is a win-win-win endeavour!

  • We win because this also protects the extraordinary biodiversity that is the foundation of our overlooked life support systems (systems which create the soil, cycle water, trade in nutrients, make weather, build atmosphere and, unseen, deliver the air we breathe and the food we eat.)
  • We win because these wild places are natural carbon “sinks”, so they store vast quantities of carbon, protecting against climate disruption (especially some prevalent habitats in the Highlands, like peatland)
  • We win as we wake up to the fact that our own human wellbeing is linked to living as part of the natural world, not constantly fighting against it.  The wellbeing benefits of immersing in nature and culture are increasingly being understood.  We hope you’ve experienced some of this whilst in the National Park!


So that we can all see our contributions (and to keep me honest!  Or, at least, less likely to forget to make the matching donation against yours!), this is an open webpage, where, not only can you see your contribution (anonymised if you prefer), but the organisation we are currently fundraisers for, the Cairngorms Trust, can also see.  So, they will know exactly how much to expect from us every quarter – a sort of self-policing system through total transparency!

It means you can feel reassured that any contribution is 100% going towards the practical action needed on the ground to safeguard the Cairngorms (or is that 200% with our match funds!).

How To Get Involved

Although we made a direct contribution to the Cairngorms Trust last year, this is a new initiative starting in May 2021, so we’re not totally sure how to make it as straightforward as possible for guests to get involved if they wish.  But, we think it is easiest for guests if we ask them if they would consider making a contribution when we are due to pay back the deposit following a stay (avoids guests having to log in somewhere, use payment cards, etc.).

Your generosity in helping to safeguard this special place for our younger and future generations would be so much appreciated, and contributions are highlighted below.  Please feel free to get back to us with any feedback or comment, or suggestions how this might work better, and thanks very much for considering our request.


Contributions – So Far!

WhenWhoHow Much (£)Details
May-21Dallas Family, Perthshire£10Thanks so much for getting the ball rolling for 2021!
May-21Ecolibrium (Sustainable Solutions)£10Our matching contribution
 Jun-21Allan-B Family, Edinburgh£10So pleased you want to help keep the ball rolling – much appreciated!
 Jun-21Ecolibrium£10Our matching contribution
 July-21Corbett Family, Falkirk£20Brilliant!  Thanks for your generosity!
 July-21Ecolibrium£20Our matching contribution
 July-21Law Family, Edinburgh£20Thanks so much! Together we break the £100 barrier!
 July-21Ecolibrium£20Our matching contribution
Aug-21Smyth Family, Bedford£20Fantastic! So much appreciated. 
Aug-21Ecolibrium£20Our matching contribution
Sept-21Isla + friends, Edinburgh£50Amazing contribution! Thanks so much for your support!
Sept-21Ecolibrium£50Our matching contribution
Oct-21The Williamsons, Argyll£10Thank you! Just made our largest quarterly payout so far! 
Oct-21Ecolibrium£10Our matching contribution
 Oct-21The Gray family, East Lothian £10 Thanks! Pushes us through the £300 mark!
 Oct-21 Ecolibrium £10  Our matching contribution
 2021 RUNNING TOTAL £300(from May 2021)