Highland Titles is an interesting and unique project. Their nature reserve near Glencoe has attracted well over 25,000 visitors over the last 4 years, and it is well deserving of its official 4-star rating with Visit Scotland.
Highland Titles is a company which sells gift-sized ‘souvenir’ plots of land from its website, www.highlandtitles.com. It uses the profits to run the land as a nature reserve. Most visitors to the nature reserve come from overseas, and are welcomed at the land by volunteers who show them around the nature reserve and help them find their plot of land.
What Are Souvenir Plots?
In Scotland, it is possible to buy and sell ‘souvenir’ plots of land.
A souvenir plot of land was defined in section 4(1)(b) of the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 as
“a piece of land which, being of inconsiderable size or no practical utility, is unlikely to be wanted in isolation except for the sake of mere ownership or for sentimental reasons or commemorative purposes.”
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
The Highland Titles Nature Reserve at Keil Hill, near Duror, is roughly 10 miles North of the iconic Glencoe. It was bought by the company is 2007 with a view to transforming an inaccessible commercial forestry plantation into an amenity woodland in which native flora and fauna could thrive.
Nobody could fail to be impressed by the work that has taken place, or the visitor experience.
You can even take a ‘virtual tour’ of the nature reserve by scrolling to the bottom of their nature reserve page.
In addition to the wonderful work on their own land, which includes a wildcat rehabilitation facility, a ‘forever home’ for injured hedgehogs, beehives, bird boxes, bat boxes and a trout-stocked lochan which attracts a great deal of bird life, Highland Titles has partnered with several conservation charities over the years, including the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Bat Conservation Trust and Trees For Life.
Highland Titles features on two independent review platforms: one in which customers review the souvenit plot gift packs, and the other in which they review the experience of visiting the nature reserve.
With over 7500 customer reviews, Highland Titles scores 9.6 out of 10 on Trustpilot. Clearly customers love the gift pack:
OMG, could not of chosen a better gift for my best friends 60th birthday. He has Scottish heritage and his very own kilt! He loved it... of course now he insists we refer to him as 'my lord'. His partner tells me he's changing his will to include the 'plot' and is being a pain in the bum with the Lordship thing... but the look on his face as he opened the gift and read the documents was absolutely priceless! I was so impressed with the pack when it arrived... very professionally produced and so well presented.
With over 400 reviews, the Highland Titles Nature Reserve has scored an average of 5/5 on Trip Advisor and has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence!
I purchased a plot of land from the Nature Reserve for my husband a couple of years ago with intentions of us visiting the location when we were able to return to Scotland. Booking our tour according to our travel plans was easy. Stewart was quick to answer all our questions and arrange the visit. Our tour was excellent! Andy was our guide, and he was able to share so much information about the work of the Reserve along with a plethora of information regarding the plants and animals in the Reserve. We felt very welcome from the minute we arrived until we left. It was a wonderful experience.
Visit Scotland awarded the Highland Titles Nature Reserve 4 stars. There is no doubt whatsoever that this visitor attraction is one of the best things to do in the Highlands.
How Do You Become a Lord or Lady?
Highland Titles invites its customers to style themselves as a Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe. It is quite clear from their website that this is not the sort of title that gets bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen!
Scottish landowners have traditionally been known as lairds. Laird - being a Scottish word - translates into English as Lord, and the female equivalent title is Lady.
So the foundations of the Laird/Lord/Lady thing are linguistic. It is really just a mix of clever marketing and harmless fun, but customers do get a nice parchment certificate with their chosen ‘title’ on display!