Glencoe is one of the National Trust for Scotland’s most ecologically important properties. As a result the area is covered by a range of designations, highlighting both the national and international importance of the property.
Glencoe lies within the Ben Nevis and Glencoe National Scenic Area (NSA) a Scottish designation for areas considered to have national significance in terms of their value as areas of scenic interest. Additionally there are two SSSI’s (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) within Glencoe, these are sites which conserve and protect the best wildlife, geological and physical heritage for present and future generations. As a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) too, Glencoe is further protected by this European designation and includes a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Golden Eagles.
The Trust, as a conservation organisation and through its commitments to the designations placed on the habitats at Glencoe, is managing these habitats through controlled grazing with sheep on Meall Mor and elsewhere in the Glen by careful monitoring and control of deer grazing. The management of grazing pressure will enable heather to recover in the Glen and will allow the expansion of the woodland in suitable habitats.
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 …