Glencoe Annual Appeal
Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most captivating stretches of land,
known both for its dramatic history and its wild natural beauty.
But without your support, the stories of the glen could be lost forever.
Millions of years ago, violent volcanic eruptions threw mountains against the sky, and vast glaciers sculpted Glencoe’s deep valleys. But it was in 1692 that this majestic landscape secured its place in Scottish history as the site of the tragic massacre of 38 members of Clan MacDonald.
Today, Glencoe is recognized around the world as the setting for films like Skyfall, Braveheart, and Harry Potter. And Glencoe is a natural playground for hundreds of thousands of visitors who experience the beauty, wilderness, and wildlife of this spectacular corner of Scotland each year.
The Land Beneath Our Feet
We care for Glencoe’s mountain trails and its fragile biodiversity – our National Nature Reserve is home to eight Munros (Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet) and a delicate ecosystem of wildlife, birch woodland, moorland, and peat bog. By building a new low-level heritage trail from the visitor center to the glacier-carved slopes of Glencoe’s mountains, we’ll open this marvelous landscape to more people every day.
A Roof o'er Their Heads
Did you know that National Trust for Scotland archaeologists have discovered a settlement in the glen that would have been a bustling township at the time of the Glencoe massacre? We have exciting plans to excavate this site, revealing the forgotten history of how Highlanders used to live and work. We’re also planning to reconstruct one of the settlement’s traditional turf houses, which will allow visitors to experience the realities of 17th-century life firsthand – including the smoky pleasures of a traditional peat fire!
Project Update from Glencoe
While work has been temporarily suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the project has reached important milestones toward completion and will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Read our blog post for an updated report on what has been done and what is left to do!
Together, we can bring Glencoe's stories to life.
We need your help to bring the glen’s stories to life and share its majestic beauty with everyone who loves Scotland as much as we do.
Earlier this year, we vividly reinterpreted the story of Glencoe in a world-class visitor center. Now, we want to extend learning outdoors for an immersive look into the glen’s fascinating history. Never before has this type of work been carried out at Glencoe.
In the US, our goal is to raise $20,000 before June 30th to support these ambitious plans to reveal the links between Scotland’s people, history, and landscape.
A Hug of Heather
A Hug of Heather for your sweetheart, and a Hug of Heather for Glencoe. For a donation of $45, you can give your loved ones a thoughtful gift and become guardians of Glencoe’s history. Learn more about why we need to source 600 ‘hug-sized’ bundles of heather from the glen and from across Scotland.
NTSUSA's favorite photographer, David Ross, is joining us to thank you!
For a gift of $200 or more, you will receive his original 8 x 12” giclee print of Glencoe, mounted on matboard and suitable for framing. This beautiful art photograph will be a daily reminder of the vital role you’ve played in opening access to the glen for visitors from around the world, all year round.
David Ross travels the UK, exploring historic and scenic Britain for his family-run travel guide, Britain Express.
You can order prints and cards featuring some of David’s favorite images at his Fine Art America shop.
Creating an Unforgettable Experience
With your support, we can create unforgettable experiences for all who pass through the glen while protecting its landscape for future generations to enjoy.