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Conservation


Glencoe is internationally famous for its amazing landscape, its natural and cultural heritage. It’s a place of towering, spectacular, brooding hills, diverse and rare wildlife and of a famous yet tragic event in Scotland’s history.

The scenery of Glencoe has been fashioned by millions of years of geological and geomorphologic processes is now regarded as some of the finest ‘wild’ landscape in Scotland.

The National Trust for Scotland is looking after this landscape ‘on behalf of the nation’ by protecting it from developments that would spoil it’s special qualities.

For the Trust, Glencoe is an iconic property, one that we are proud to manage on behalf of Scotland. Our conservation work includes habitat and visitor management, footpath erosion work, species surveying and monitoring, and maintaining the iconic ‘wild land’ qualities of this landscape

It represents a challenge in all aspects of management but does provide the Trust with a showcase to demonstrate best practice.  

The Trust strives to implement best environmental practice as demonstrated by the award-winning Eco-design Glencoe Visitor Centre, which plays a role in making Glencoe one of the most visited countryside properties in Trust care.  Other examples of best practice are the development of the ‘Management for People’ visitor management system and the work undertaken through Scotland’s Mountain Heritage, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage.  This project focuses on low intensity, low impact footpath work that is sustainable and enables the development of new skills.

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