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Frequently Asked Questions

If you can’t find the answer to your question in the FAQs, simply get in touch.

The Land

Can I pass my rights on in my will?

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.

Do you have to be a certain age?

No.  Anyone can place an order, and anyone can receive a gift pack.

Can I visit the land?

Yes, and we encourage you to do so. If you choose to visit the reserve at Glencoe Wood, we even have a Visitor Centre and meet and greet service.

How to Visit

 

What can I do with the land - can I camp?

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.

Wild camping is covered by Scottish law.  We try not to offer legal advice, so please can we direct you to this online resource?

Highland Titles operate several nature reserves and lack the legal authority to prevent responsible wild camping.  Because so many people own souvenir land in some of our reserves there is the potential for excessive use of these relatively small areas and we therefore request that our supporters choose not to pitch a tent.  When camping is spread evenly over the thousands of miles of wild mountain land, it does no obvious harm.  We fear that if not controlled, this would not be the case at Mountainview and Glencoe Wood.

For those supporters who wish to experience waking up in the woods, miles from the nearest habitation, we offer The Laird’s Lodge.  This has safe cooking facilities and toilet facilities, two potential risks associated with wild camping.

How will I know which plot is mine?

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.

X (Easting) 219513, Y (Northing)  806250. Click to view this map.

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.

Can I plant a flag or leave a memento on my plot?

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.

What species of tree will you plant on my plot?

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.

Can more than one person buy the same plot of land?

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 (two copies).

https://www.highlandtitles.com/gifts/1-sqft-joint/
https://www.highlandtitles.com/gifts/10-sqft-joint/
https://www.highlandtitles.com/gifts/100-sqft-joint/

 

I have a plot, but would like a larger plot

We will give a full refund on your current plot if you want to upgrade. This process is not automated, so please email us ([email protected] ) if you wish to upgrade.

I own a plot, but cannot see it in my account

Your “Plot Number” and “Registration Code” are in the letter that accompanied your certificate.

 

 

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.

 

Can I view my plot on Google maps?

We provide several online tools so that you can easily find any plot and view its location on Google maps.

  1. You can log into your account and follow the links to Google maps
  2. You can log into the App and follow the links to Google maps
  3. You can select the Plot finder and follow the link to Google maps

Or you can even ask us and we will do it for you.

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.


Thank you

How large are the Plots

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.

Are there any ongoing costs?

No.

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.

I bought a plot last year. Can I now buy the plot next to it?

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.

We do have a very few plots returned from time to time, usually when people wish to upgrade to a larger plot.  If you contact us we can take a look to see what we have close to your original plot.

Do you sell any really BIG plots?

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.

Can I give my Bonus plot to my partner?

When customers buy 10sqft or 100sqft, those plots are sold from our Kilnaish Estate.  Because we want all of our customers to have a reason to visit our flagship tourist attraction at Duror, near Glencoe, we also give those who buy larger plots a free 1sqft plot in Glencoe, thus ensuring all of our customers can use the style Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe.  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.

https://www.highlandtitles.com/gifts-for-couples/

I bought an Eco-friendly Download. When do I get my pack?

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)

 

 

What is "what3words"?

what3words is the simplest way to talk about location. It has divided the world into 3m squares, each with a unique 3 word address made from three random words. Now people can refer to any precise location – a meeting point, a car-parking spot, or a souvenir plot of land – using three simple words.

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Ordering

I had to specify a date on the certificate. Will you send the certificate now or later?

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.

Can I buy a plot as a gift for someone else?

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.

Can I have my plots next to each other?

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.

How do I redeem my voucher code/retail pack registration code?

Please visit https://www.highlandtitles.com/registration and enter the code exactly as it appears on your voucher/registration card.

I cannot see your free delivery option?

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.

Argentina
Azerbaijan
Egypt
Ghana
Guam
India
Nigeria
South Africa
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Zambia
Will you tell the recipient who sent this?

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.

What are corporate plots?

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.

Can I download a copy of the certificate?

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.

I never received any acknowledgement of my order!

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.

What size is the certificate?

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/

Size Inches Millimeters
A3 11-3/4 x 16-1/2 297 x 420
A4 8-1/4 x 11-3/4 210 x 297
How else can I support your work?

We are very lucky to have so many customers who wish to support our conservation work on an ongoing basis. Until 2021, the only way to do this was to buy further plots of land or accessories from our gift shop, but in response to increasing demand we have now set up a Patreon page.

If you support us through Patreon, there are no costs involved for us, such as printing and postage, and no carbon footprint either. As such, we will ring-fence all the money received from our patrons for the purposes of conservation and the acquisition of more land.

Our Patreon page can be found at www.patreon.com if you search for Highland Titles.

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The Title

What is a Master Title Deed?

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.

 

What if I get married or change my name?

Simply request a reissue of documents, which you can find in our Accessories Shop.   There is a small cost (£5.99) associated with this request.

Can I change the name on my bank account, credit cards etc?

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.

My bank has refused to recognise my Master Title Deed. What should I do now?

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.

 

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Are there any hidden charges, taxes, or future payments to make?

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.

Must I register my land?

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.

Do I need public liability insurance?

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.

How can you sell me a title?

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.

Who is Lord Lyon?

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.

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Contact Us

What is your phone number?

HEAD OFFICE

UK: 0800 088 5553 or 01631 294974

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.

NATURE RESERVE

To call the Nature Reserve directly, dial Tel: 01631 740333 (Intl: +44 1631 740333)


INTERNATIONAL DIALING

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.

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Payments

My payment did not go through. How can I pay?

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.

Is payment made securely?

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.

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Tartan and Buckler

What about the 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.

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The App

How do I install the Highland Titles Estate App

You can view or download full instructions here:  https://link.ht/App    Open your browser and type app.highlandtitles.com.

On an iPhone, you must use the Safari browser

I cannot download my certificate from my account on Mobile

The Mobile phone has a very small screen and unless you turn it on its side, the download button does not display.  Please view in landscape to see all options.

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Covid-19 Update

Are you still operating during the pandemic?

Yes we are operating normally. Some countries have a restricted postal service and a few countries have stopped accepting international mail. But as our Certificates can be delivered electronically, this should be a minor inconvenience. For more information, click HERE.

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