Beach in South Harris, Western Isles (Scotland). ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF)




Our Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund supports opportunities to conserve, protect and promote the nature and culture of the Highlands & Islands. 

Funding decisions have been made for the single round of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Challenge Fund and 14 applicants have been offered funding.


Our Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund provides opportunities for investment in the Highlands and Islands to conserve, protect, promote and develop our natural and cultural heritage.


Maoin Dulchais Nàdair is Cultair


Bidh a’ mhaoin againn, Maoin Dualchais Nàdair is Cultair, a’ toirt chothroman airson airgead a chur an seilbh air a’ Ghàidhealtachd ’s na h-Eileanan airson dualchas nàdair ’s cultair a ghlèidheadh, a dhìon, a bhrosnachadh ’s a leasachadh.

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A stunning project, delivered by North West Mull Community Woodland Company, Ulva House will be conserved and refurbished, bringing it into public use as a visitor centre. A research project with the University of the Highlands and Islands will investigate further the story of the people of Ulva and the wider impact they have had on the world. A website will include information and interpretation. Ulva House Garden will be restored by volunteers.
Ulva Cultural Heritage Project

Lews Castle College UHI and Uibhist Virtual Archaeology Project will create a series of augmented reality experiences and mixed-media exhibitions for seven archaeological sites along the Hebridean Way walking route. In this guest blog, Emily Gal explains some of the plans and ambitions for the project.
Uist Virtual Archaelogy Project

Wildlife Watch Abernethy has received just over £252,000 from the Natural Cultural and Heritage Fund, which will create three new, local jobs as well as extend the opening season and improve the visitor experience at Loch Garten, so more people can enjoy the nature reserve and learn about conservation in the Cairngorms.
Wildlife Watch Abernethy project 

Latest partner press releases

You can also read a short introduction to our NCHF projects (powerpoint)