We understand that the iconic landscape of Glencoe has a great deal of meaning for many people, from all walks of life and from all over the world. It is natural to want to commemorate loved ones, their memory and their appreciation of this wild place or to want it to be their final resting place, amongst the mountains. However, one of the overriding reasons that Glencoe is treasured by so many people is because of its wild and remote nature. Our aim is to preserve this sense of wildness and to minimise human impacts through all aspects of our management amongst these ancient hills. If we allowed everyone to place a memorial here, this feeling of wildness would soon be lost. We therefore ask people not to leave memorials on the property.
Memorials that are placed on the property without the permission of the National Trust for Scotland will be removed after a period of one month. A letter, giving contact details for the Glencoe Property Manager and asking for its removal will be affixed to the memorial, to enable the owners to remove it or discuss other possibilities before we take action ourselves.
Rather than placing a plaque or other memorial, we would encourage you to contact us about the possibility of planting a tree in remembrance of your loved one. This will become a lasting testament to them as it grows, becoming part of a naturally seeding woodland composed of native tree species and helping to restore the landscape of Glencoe to its primitive state.
Many people request an area for their ashes to be scattered after cremation, or relatives may decide on a suitable location. This will often be somewhere that was treasured by the deceased and Glencoe can be a popular choice.
People often think that this practice leaves no lasting effect on the local environment, however human remains are rich in calcium and phosphorus and frequent deposits can increase the concentrations of these elements. Glencoe is an important area for many rare plants, some of which are found in only two or three other locations throughout the UK. These plants and other less rare ones can often only tolerate a small range of acidity or alkalinity. A build up of calcium and phosphorus in the soil could change this delicate balance and put our rare plants at risk.
We are happy for people to scatter ashes in the glen with permission but ask that the issues indicated above are taken into consideration when doing so.
Please ensure that the ashes are scattered rather than left in a pile as this can be unpleasant for other visitors and also concentrates the build up of calcium and phosphorus into one place; think about throwing them into the air on a windy day as this ensures they are distributed over a wide area, meaning that there is as little build up as possible.
If you are leaving flowers please ensure that they are real flowers that will readily biodegrade back into the soil. Also make sure that all containers, wrappings and ties are removed from the site and disposed of responsibly.
With towering mountains sweeping down on both sides, Glencoe is at once spectacularly beautiful and yet strangely forbidding. Glencoe is also the cradle of Scottish mountaineering and the area provides some of the finest climbing and walking in the …