When the last remaining areas of the old Glencoe Estate came up for sale, it was widely thought that a community buyout was the only option. However the sellers wished the land to remain as it was, and when two communities put their proposals forward they were rejected, and with a very short time to take action, MacDonald 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.

The land bought comprises of:

These lands were formerly part of the old Glencoe Estate which was owned by a succession of MacDonald Chiefs. From the chief slain in the Massacre of 1692, down to Archibald Burns MacDonald, who sold the estate to Lord Strathcona in 1894 (see history page)

Mr MacDonald secured funding of temporary unsecured loans in an eleventh hour bid to safeguard the land. He did this to ensure that the history, wildlife and scenic areas of Glencoe are safeguarded for the future.

Charitable Trust No: SC 033081.


Purchase Details

Recently awarded SCIO  - “Scottish Charitable Independent Organisation” from OSCR


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