Frequently Asked Questions
If you can't find the answer to your question in the FAQs, simply get in touch.
You will receive a personalised certificate detailing your souvenir plot of land and the rights which may be enjoyed by you and your heirs. You may leave your personalised certificate to anyone, and the rights will pass to them. Should you wish to do so, you should include it in your Will.
The person to whom you leave your personalised certificate may request a Reissue of Documents.
You can also sell your certificate, but there are two restrictive covenants in place. One prevents shooting and the second prevents your Estate from being subdivided.
No. Anyone can place an order, and anyone can receive a gift pack.
As a new Laird, you can come and find your plot; take a walk in the woods, take a photograph of your Estate, picnic by the river and much more! Well behaved dogs are welcome and well behaved children are actively encouraged. We have lots of paths and rails and even a few Geocaches.
The land is a nature reserve and you will be able to enjoy bird watching, fungi spotting, country pursuits and lots of tranquillity.
You are welcome to plant a tree or scatter ashes.
Naturally you may not run any form of commercial service from your plot as the land is zoned as woodland and we operate it as a nature reserve. It is completely unsuitable for camping and no vehicles are permitted past the car park. No overnight stops are permitted. Should you wish to experience the thrill of a night in the woods, we recommend the Laird’s Lodge – a night to remember forever.
No hunting is allowed, or fishing, except in Loch Loyne and Loch Linnhe which has a rich population of non-native pike.
Here’s an idea of what you can do with one square foot of land.
We define the exact location of each plot using the UK Ordnance Survey system which is accurate to the nearest millimetre.
The location of each plot is unique. Even using a professional surveyor it may be impossible to precisely locate the smallest plots – at the moment. GPS accuracy continues to improve. However we also provide you with an estimate of the latitude and longitude of your plot to help you locate it with GPS systems that do not use the OS system such as the iPhone and many inexpensive GPS devices whose primary purpose is car travel. Using such familiar items you will be able to reach the area of your plot.
To view your plot on a map, we recommend using our free app, Open your browser and type app.highlandtitles.com.
You can view or download full instructions here: https://link.ht/App
Alternatively, you may use another online service such as Google Maps (Latitude & Longitude Grid like GPS – as printed on your Plot ID Card) or Grid Reference Finder (uses OS grid). Learn the difference between the two here.
Let us assume the OS Grid Reference of your plot is X (Easting) 219513000, Y (Northing) 806250000. Grid Reference Finder uses only the first six digits of each – discarding the last three digits.
Enter the first six digits of each co-ordinate (X (Easting) 219513, Y (Northing) 806250) and you will be able to view your plot.
The physical location of each plot is not marked on the ground, though we do not object to you marking it once you have found it. We believe that a wood carpeted with thousands of marker poles would be unattractive, even if practical. Several certificate owners have placed memorial stones, cairns or flags on their plots and this is every certificate owner’s right.
Whilst many Lairds enjoy planting a flag or leaving a memento on their plot, we respectfully request that only biodegradable items are used. Of course, if you want to plant a flag for the purposes of taking a photograph you may do so. We have regular ‘clean ups’ of items that have been left behind, but prefer that anything you bring into the reserve that is not biodegradable is removed to keep our reserve natural and litter free.
When you choose a large plot, we will plant a suitable tree on your behalf. Alternatively one or more trees can be purchased separately from the Accessories Shop.
The tree(s) will almost certainly not be planted on your plot, which is part of Glencoe Wood and already well covered with trees. We plant thousands of trees every year to create new woodland. This connects derelict areas of ancient woodland and extends the area of the estate that can support woodland species of flora and fauna.
The type of tree we plant for you will depend on the type of land we plant it in. It will be a native Scottish broadleaf, probably an oak, rowan, hazel, birch, holly, willow or alder. It will not be an ash until the ash dieback disease is better understood. We cannot place any plaque on the tree, but we are pleased to permit you to do so when you visit your plot.
No. Only one person can legally hold the right to a souvenir plot of land.
If you order two plots of the same size, the plots will be next to each other and each plot can have a different owner.
Or you can order for a couple. We will supply two plots of land, but a joint certificate in both names.
If you have been given a Plot, you will need to claim it in order to access any of the Highland Titles features such as the Online Register and the Web App. Please consult the letter that formed part of your pack (see sample left). Enter www.link.ht/CLAIMEN in your web browser, or click the link. Follow the instructions. First create an account and then complete the form with your Plot Number and Registration Code. Press the “CLAIM PLOT button and your plots are now registered.
Create an account and then fill in your Plot and Registration Code
If you bought, or were bought, a plot several years ago it may not be linked to your account. If you are not registering a plot you have recently received, you will not have a Plot Code (a one time code used for plot registration. This code is printed near the bottom of your welcome letter). Simply click on the link below the “CLAIM PLOT” button, “I don’t have a plot code”, and follow the instructions.
If all else fails, please contact us.
We provide an online tool so that you can easily find any plot and view its location on Google maps.
But why have you been provided with an 18 digit Ordnance Survey Grid Reference? By law, in the United Kingdom, we must define the land we are selling using the Ordnance Survey system. To identify the land precisely, we must use two 9 digit numbers.
Wikipedia actually has quite a good overview. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordnance_Survey. To fully appreciate the system, much study is required. So you would be well advised to cut to the chase, and use an online tool.
The best online tool is https://gridreferencefinder.com/, but even that only works with 12 digit locations, whereas we work with the 18 digit location that provide the necessary level of accuracy. But 12 digits is close enough for us to locate your plot very accurately on a map.
If we take a sample location, B70073, 219010000, 806300000, the first number is the Easting and the second the Northing. As Grid Reference Finder only operates up to 12 digits, take the first six digits of each number and enter into the X(Easting) and Y(Northing) boxes as shown below. Then click on “Go” and voila.
The Ordnance Survey, the UK mapping system, is metric and so are our plots.
1 square foot is 1 foot x 1 foot (30cm x 30cm)
10 square foot is 3.16ft x 3,16ft (94.8cm x 94.8cm)
100 square foot is 10ft x 10ft (3m x 3m)
1000 square foot is 31.6ft x 31.6ft (9.63m x 9.63m)
These approximations are all larger than the Imperial (foot) equivalents, except for the 30cm square which is about 7% smaller than an imperial square foot.
This is a single payment and the plot will then be yours in perpetuity with no further obligations or payments required. There are no taxes on land in Scotland. We maintain public liability insurance to cover all our nature reserves. Other than the cost of visiting Scotland (you are certain to want to come and visit your land – though you could tour the area in our free web app – app.highlandtitles.com) there is NOTHING further to pay. EVER.
No, but we can sell you one close by. We sell the plots sequentially, so the plot next to yours was probably sold a few minutes later. But all our plots are in a fairly small area of the reserve, and you can probably see the first plot from your new plot.
Historically we have sold 1,000sqft plots, but these consume such a large area of our nature reserve that we can no longer make them available.
We have just a few left, so currently they are not available through the website. They are £500 (US$750) and come with everything a 100sqft plot does plus a few extras.
If you would like to purchase one, please contact us so we can invoice you.
All our larger plots in Mountainview are linked to a bonus plot in Glencoe, thus ensuring that our larger plot owners have rights over the style of Glencoe as well as Lochaber. The plots are tied to the same owner and cannot be separated.
We offer a range of plots for couples, ensuring that both parties own their own land.
The Eco-friendly Download is not delivered in the same way as our other plots of land. There is no glossy folder, parchment certificate with embossed seal, Plot ID card and everything else that the postie brings to your door.
Instead, you can immediately log into your account and download your certificate. You can then view it onscreen, print in locally, either on your printer, a friend’s printer or a local Print store printer. You can save it, email it, post it to social media and in every way own and enjoy it.
You can also start using our web based app: https://app.highlandtitles.com/
Full instructions are here: https://link.ht/App
(in French https://link.ht/AppFR;
In German https://link.ht/AppDE)
Key benefits of the App include:
A virtual tour of the nature reserve, including audio commentary from our nature reserve manager, Stewart.
Additional language support in French and German (including the audio commentary!)
Find your plot (unless you are more than 10km from your plot, the new app simply displays the distance to your plot)
Find out the current weather at the nature reserve
Download an image of your certificate to your phone
Keep an eye on your land using the webcam
(On an iPhone, you must use the Safari browser)
We will print any date you choose on the Personalised Certificate. All orders are dispatched within 48 hours. The majority of orders are dispatched within 24 hours.
Yes. When you place your order you will need to fill in the details of the recipient. This can be any name that you like.
We also offer a gift wrapping and personal message service at a small additional cost.
Yes. As long as the plots are the same size, then all the plots you order at the same time will be next to each other. Any plots ordered later may be part of a different block, though they will be close by.
Some countries appear not to handle regular airmail well and we find that only a tracked service is reliably delivered. These countries are not eligible for our free airmail delivery service.
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No. Some people wish to make an anonymous gift and we respect that. Should you wish to let the recipient know who sent the gift, please select our gift wrap service as you check out and make the source of the gift clear in the gift message.
An increasing number of companies want to gift their employees a plot of land from our nature reserve. Whether it’s for Christmas, a special anniversary for the company or a reward for hard work, our gift packs are delightfully received and also carry a strong and engaging environmental message. Our plot certificates can be co-branded with your own company logo when ordered as a corporate gift, and discounts are available for order quantities of 10 or more.
If you log into your account, https://secure.highlandtitles.com/_login.php you will be able to download your certificate and the covering letter. You will also be able to update the name – if you wish to give the plot to somebody else, or if there is an error in spelling.
Please bear in mind that the certificate is formatted to print on A4 size paper and not US letter size paper, which is shorter and wider than standard A4. You may need to reformat the certificate if you need to print on letter size paper.
Two emails are always sent to your email address automatically.
The first acknowledges receipt of your order. The second alerts you that your order is in Production and due to ship. If you have requested tracked shipping, your tracking details are included in this second email, because the tracking number is not assigned until the shipping label is printed.
Many email systems are set up to protect you from unsolicited emails and they may see our emails as “Spam”.
So long as you have provided a valid email address, we can always resend these emails.
Our certificates are standard A4 size and the Award of Arms is A3 size.
By 1977, A4 was the standard letter format in 88 of 148 countries. Today the standard has been adopted by every country in the world except the United States and Canada.
We offer our customers a wooden A4 certificate frame and if ordered with a pack, we will send your certificate framed. https://www.highlandtitles.com/gifts/wooden-certificate-frame/
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|A4||8-1/4 x 11-3/4||210 x 297|
The Master Title Deed is a Deed Poll. The most common type of Deed Poll is a legal document that provides evidence of your wish to change your name. Deed Polls are most commonly used in cases of marriage or divorce when effecting a change from Miss to Mrs or vice versa. The Master Title Deed asserts your right to take a new title. It can also be used to change your name.
Owners of a small Scottish estate have every right to adopt the title of Laird, Lord, or Lady. The Master Title Deed gives effect to your choice.
Deed Polls need not be used in Scotland and some other jurisdictions. As this may vary country to country, we would advise you look into it in your country of residence.
For a guide on how to use the Master Title Deed, see here.
Many of our customers decide to ask their bank to add their new title to their bank account and their credit cards. You can purchase, for a small fee, the Master Title Deed, accepted in many jurisdictions internationally which recognise Deed Poll documents. The Master Title Deed may be used to confirm your new title to your bank and even government agencies. Where local law permits, this will enable you to change the title on documents to Laird, Lord or Lady.
Please note that government documents which do not display any title, such as all passports and in some jurisdictions your drivers licence, cannot be changed.
Simply inform your bank that your Master Title Deed is a Deed Poll, and that you are notifying them that you have changed your name or title. No bank – or any other agency for that matter – has any say in your change of name or title.
No. There are no land taxes in Scotland and absolutely no other costs associated with this land. We maintain public liability insurance over the entire wood which will continue in force after your purchase. You will have no further expense to pay after the initial purchase price.
No. You cannot register your land, because this is such a small plot; specifically it is defined as a “souvenir plot”.
‘Souvenir’ plots of land have been sold in Scotland for over 30 years. The sale of these plots is governed by the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979, recently revised as the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012. Please note that this act does not permit souvenir plots of land to be added to the Land Register. Read more about souvenir plots of Scotland.
Details of your personal rights in your plot will be recorded in a Register of Land maintained by Highland Titles and details of each plot can be viewed online using the free Highland Titles App and on the Highland Titles website.
Highland Titles wish to ensure that anyone who does suffer a mishap on the Glencoe Wood Estate will be compensated. We have therefore taken out third party insurance cover.
We advise that there is therefore no need for you to hold additional insurance.
We cannot sell you a title. We are simply acknowledging your right to use the title of Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe, which is trademarked by Highland Titles. If you prefer not to assume a title, you will be given that option when you make your land purchase. Advice published by Scottish Solicitors is “in Scotland anyone can, subject to requirements of good faith, call themselves whatever they like, including “Laird”, “Lord” or “Lady“.” We do not know of any jurisdiction where this is not true.
The Lord Lyon is a Scottish Episcopal Church Priest and former city councillor The Rev Canon Dr Joseph Morrow, Chancellor of the Diocese of Brechin, Honorary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee and Chaplain of Glamis Castle.
He is in addition the president of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, president of the Additional Support Needs Tribunals and a first-tier tribunal judge dealing with asylum and immigration issues.He is also the Dundee council convener of development with membership of both Scottish Enterprise Tayside and Angus and Dundee Tourist boards.
In his spare time, he chairs the Dundee Waterfront Development Board and the Trustees of the Tayside Superannuation Fund, and is vice-chairman of the Court of the University of Abertay.
Dr Morrow has an interest in ecclesiastical history and more than 30 years’ experience of the application of the ceremonial within a variety of settings including State, Civil, Military and Ecclesiastical areas. His part-time appointment as Lord Lyon was made on the advice of Alex Salmond, then the First Minister of the Scottish Parliament.
The Court of the Lord Lyon
The Lord Lyon King of Arms has jurisdiction, subject to appeal to the Court of Session and the House of Lords, on questions of heraldry and the right to bear Arms. The Court administers the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland and the Public Register of All Genealogies and Birthbrieves in Scotland. The Lord Lyon, in his administrative capacity, grants Patents of Arms and, in his judicial role, authorises the Matriculation of existing Armorial Bearings. No Armorial Bearings may be used in Scotland unless they are on record in the Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland. The Lord Lyon may grant Arms to Scotsmen and women at home and abroad.
The Court does not undertake genealogical research, as the result of such research may be incorporated in a Petition to the Lord Lyon.
Court of the Lord Lyon
HM New Register House
Edinburgh EH1 3YT
The Lord Lyon has no official governance of the sale of land or the adoption of the style of Laird by the new owner, though this is a not uncommon misconception. In a recent letter to one of our customers, Lyon clarifies that he is not involved in the matter of land sales or Lairdships.
International Telephone: + 44 1631 294974
- To call the sales office from Australia dial 0011 44 1631 294974 or Australia Toll Free: 1-800-727-158
- To call the sales office from USA/Canada dial 011 44 1631 294974 or USA Toll Free: 1-800-257-6980
Remember to call us during OUR office hours, which are 9:00am to 4:00pm
Full contact details can be found on our contact page.
To call the Nature Reserve directly, dial Tel: 01631 740333 (Intl: +44 1631 740333)
Every country has a different number to initiate an international call. In USA it is 011 In UK it is 00 In Australia it is 0011. This is represented as a + Then this is followed by a country code. USA is 1, UK is 44 and Australia is 61. So when we put our phone number on our web site, for anyone in the world to call, it is difficult. The convention, which we follow, is to display it as + 44 (0) 1631 294974. From USA, you would call 00 to get out of the country (that’s the + Then 44 to get to UK. Then 1631 294974. But from the UK you could call either 011 (that’s the +) then 44 to stay in UK, then 1631 294974. Or you could simply call 01631 294974. It may not be perfect. It assumes that our customers know about international dialling. But we can’t think of a better way of showing our phone numbers when our customers live all around the world.
Please log into the account you created when you placed the order and select the second tab “Your Orders”
If you have any other problems with payment, or prefer to pay with any other means, please contact us.
Please keep time zones in mind if you choose to call, and we will endeavour to respond to emails within 24 hours.
Yes. All payments are made securely and processed through Paypal Pro which is authorised and regulated as a Payment institution by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.
PayPal Payments Pro is a payment processing solution built on PayPal’s technology that enables us to accept credit card payments online.
Tartan and Buckler
As a Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe, you will be able to display the official buckler and wear the Glencoe Tartan which has been specially designed for us by local tartan designers “Lochalsh Weavers”.
This has been registered with the official Scottish Register of Tartans exclusively for Lairds of Glencoe.
For more details regarding our official Tartan and Buckler, check out our Lairds, Lords and Ladies page.