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Your plot of land forms part of the Keil Hill estate, which we are proud to run as a Highland Titles Nature Reserve. The Lairds, Lords and Ladies of Glencoe take great pride in the project that is made possible with their support. Should you choose to visit the land, you will see a great transformation taking place.
Visit the Nature Reserve and enjoy:
We encourage all Lairds, Lords and Ladies to visit the Nature Reserve, find their plot and see with their own eyes the remarkable progress we are making. Our excellent ‘meet and greet’ service is run by local volunteers. The popularity of this service makes our volunteers very busy indeed. Please contact them prior to your visit and arrange a suitable meeting time to avoid disappointment.
Keil Hill was purchased by Highland Titles Ltd in order to:
By selling the personal rights to souvenir plots of land, we fund all of our conservation work and ensure that the land will always be protected from development.
Contrary to popular belief, conservation is not best served by leaving the land to look after itself. Such an approach favours the hardiest, strongest, most invasive and most predatory vegetation; in the West of Scotland, this usually means ground cover of bracken, rushes and bramble, with little else able to survive.
As an invasive species, Rhododendron ponticum represents one of the greatest threats facing native woodlands in Scotland. Its presence can have a dramatic impact on the woodland ecosystem, suppressing native ground flora and the natural regeneration of trees and shrubs. It is difficult to eradicate due to its profuse seeding, rapid growth rates and ability to re-sprout vigorously from cut stems. Control and eradication require a commitment to a long-term regime of cutting it back. We know it will return but this is far better than using powerful and damaging herbicides.
The Nature Reserve is home to Glencoe Wood in the South-West corner, Laird’s Wood in the North-East corner and the newly created Diamond Jubilee Wood in the South-East section.
The Diamond Jubilee Wood is a 60-acre project that will eventually contain approximately 30,000 trees, including a grove of Royal Oak saplings at its heart. This represents our most ambitious tree planting project to date, and will be best enjoyed by our children and grandchildren.
All of the trees we plant are native Scottish broadleaf trees. Eventually, we will replace all of the commercial Sitka plantations with trees of this type; restoring the natural beauty to the landscape and allowing wildlife to flourish.
No one can fail to be moved by the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Any one who ever visited the Highlands will tell you that it contains some of the most stunning scenery anywhere in the world.
BumbleBee Haven, opened by Highland Titles in 2014, overlooks the magnificent Loch Loyne; known to fishermen as one of the best pike lochs in the Highlands and our lairds enjoy the opportunity to fish this famous 7 mile long loch for fernox and trout too..
Most of our supporters prefer to simply visit to walk amongst the trees or enjoy a picnic and the fabulous views. Owners of larger plots are welcome to camp on their plot overnight. The dawn is the best time to see shy woodland animals.
Highland Titles have begun planting flowering plants in order to enable more bumblebees to make their home here. Like so much of Scotland, BumbleBee Haven has suffered by the unwise planting of Sitka Spruce, which provide no food and little shelter for any Scottish animals. Long term, the removal of these trees and their replacement with native Scottish trees will encourage all wildlife, BumbleBees included. Short term we can help by increasing the availability of nectar and pollen.
Glencoe Wood is home to red deer, roe deer, pine martens, badgers, herons and ducks amongst other things. For a full species list, click here.
In 2013, we created a 3-acre lochan in order to attract more bird life. Every day, our volunteers and infra-red motion-sensitive cameras are ready with their cameras, hoping to catch sight of the elusive osprey.
If you are hope to see deer, a fox or a badger, we recommend that you visit on your own very early in the morning.
You will certainly see many different kinds of trees, including downy and silver birch, willow, rowan, hawthorn, oak, alder, holly and willow. Indeed, the Salachan burn runs through Glencoe Wood; Salachan being derived from the Gaelic for “willow”. In summer you’ll see many wildflowers. Note the lichens on the rocks and trees, which tell us that the air here is clean.
In 2014, we installed 10 beehives on the land. Bees are ecological superheroes, pollinating around one third of the UK’s food supplies. The worldwide bee populations have been in decline over recent years and we are keen to do as much as we can to help.
Click on the images below to view our virtual tours of the Glencoe Wood reserve. These links will open in a new window.
You can keep up to date with the most recent developments on the nature reserve by subscribing to our monthly newsletter. Being keen to offer our customers the experience of being a landowner, we often canvass opinion from our Lairds, Lords and Ladies before taking action.
The Highland Titles Nature Reserve Facebook page is a hive of activity, and is updated on an almost daily basis by our volunteers. See what our wildlife cameras have captured and lots of photographs of our visiting landowners enjoying the visit to their plot.