Welcome to Glencoe Heritage Trust, Glencoe, Scotland
In 2002 the last remaining lands of Lord Strathcona’s Glencoe Estate came up for sale.
It was widely thought that a community buyout was the only option. The sellers wished the land to remain as it was. When two communities put their proposals forward they were rejected, and with only a very short time to take action, local resident Alistair MacDonald, a descendant of the Mac Donalds of Glencoe contacted friends and family, who kindly offered him loans to cover the asking price of just over £105,000 pounds.
In an eleventh hour bid, with just six donors, he took the unprecedented step of securing the land for future generations to enjoy.
When the complex title deeds were signed, the Glencoe Heritage Trust, a charitable, not for profit trust was formed in 2002 by Alistair and his wife Rosalin and so began the work of The Glencoe Heritage Trust in caring for the land and also the process of fundraising to repay the debt of £105,000 whilst also having to pay for essential work to maintain and preserve the land which is still ongoing.
The acquisition of the land was a rare opportunity for the local community to ensure the preservation of this unique landscape, to raise awareness of the vital historical importance of the land both locally and worldwide and continue to educate through the preservation of manuscripts, photographs, gatherings and other tangible links.
Sadly, Alistair passed away in February 2021, he was proud that he lived to see the debt repaid in full, it is with sincere thanks to the hard work in fundraising by the Trustees, the local community and the worldwide support for the Trust that this goal was reached, however the work of the Trust continues to move forward and with it comes new opportunities.
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The Glencoe Heritage Trust is a non profit making charity... more »
A selection of images taken in and aroung Glencoe, some stunning photos... more »
Glencoe, perhaps Scotland's most visited Glen, has been associated with the mighty Clan Donald... more »
The Glencoe Heritage Trust undertakes to work with the local community... more »
To find out more about the Glencoe Heritage Trust, the land, the work, the history, the gallery - the links above will tell you a little more. The Trust is a not for profit organisation and was awarded SCIO status – (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation).
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