The Glencoe Heritage Trust undertakes to work with the local community, and other
interested parties who share the same views in protecting Glencoe for the future”
Much of the trust’s work is carried out by volunteers who kindly give of their time
When the land was purchased in 2002, considerable time was spent removing broken
railings, cutting scrub, and enhancing the river bank, all with the help of local
One of the biggest challenges is the safe removal of ancient trees which have been
scanned, and deemed dangerous by tree experts who advise of their immediate removal;
the trust has to comply with stringent rules to carry out these activities.
Once these trees are felled, they are cut into logs and distributed round the village,
particularly to the elderly residents.
Commitment is also vital on other projects, such as the enhancement of the River
Coe. Currently the trust is working closely with the Fisheries Board to monitor and
increase salmon numbers; It must be noted that the GHT do not exercise their netting
rights on Loch Leven, which constitutes a loss of revenue, however it is more important
that salmon are encouraged to return to the river to their natural spawning ground.
The local Angling Club, who lease the river from the trust on a yearly basis, have
now agreed to use barbless hooks, fly only, and return any fish caught, back to the
Another area maintained by the trust is the Massacre Memorial, where the Heraldic
coat of arms was restored, along with the perimeter gates being repainted; The GHT
funds the upkeep of this most sacred site.
The trust also undertakes grass strimming on Eilean Munde, the burial island. The
island is one month ahead of the mainland in terms of vegetation growth, and cannot
sustain being strimmed too regularly, due to the natural habitat of some species
of wild flowers, the work is carried out by volunteers.
The Pap of Glencoe is home to a wide range of wild plants including: Common Butterwort,
Pale Butterwort, Milkwort-deep blue, St John’s wort, Roundleaved Sundew, Saxifrage,
Heath Spotted Orchid, Heath Bedstraw, Tormentil, Self Heal, White-Beaked sedge, with
many more sedges & mosses.
A group of volunteers from Pembrokeshire & Carmarthen, under the leadership of Dave
Somerville, took part in a GHT beach clean-up on the shores of Loch Leven. The team
worked tirelessly one weekend, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, which
proved to be a very worthwhile exercise for the dedicated team.
Recently awarded SCIO - “Scottish Charitable Independent Organisation” from OSCR