National Trust in Scotland plans property sale

The National Trust for Scotland is to sell off some of its properties as part of a series of reforms to save it from collapse, after a damning review found the organisation had no central asset register of what it owns or any idea of repair costs.

The report concluded that the 79-year-old National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which owns many of the country’s most famous sites such as Culloden battlefield, Culzean Castle and the islands of St Kilda, is in a shambolic state, thanks in part to a bizarre management structure involving 87 trustees

The National  Trust for Scotland is to sell off some of its properties as part of a series of reforms to save it from collapse, after a damning review found the organisation had no central asset register of what it owns or any idea of repair costs.

The report states that the 79-year-old National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which owns many of the country’s most famous sites such as Culloden battlefield, Culzean Castle and the islands of St Kilda, is in a shambolic state, thanks in part to a “byzantine” management structure involving 87 trustees and more than 100 non-executive members.
It is  to sell off a series of less significant buildings, including bungalows, byres and farm steadings gifted in wills, and lease other major properties to charities, trusts and private tenants.A source suggested the sell-off could extend to the trust’s 78,000 hectares of land and coastline, which includes famous wilderness areas such as Glencoe.

Culzean Castle

The trust owns 26 castles, palaces and country houses, crowned, for many, by this grand Italianate property. Built on cliffs in Ayrshire by Robert Adam for the Earl of Cassillis, it has 229 hectares of landscaped parkland. It was completed in 1792.

Glencoe

The location of an infamous massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells, Glencoe features eight challenging Munros, mountains over 3,000ft, more than 5,000 years of human settlement. Its famous scenery is seen by a million visitors a year.

St Kilda

The only place in Britain to be a double world heritage site, for its archaeology and its wildlife, the islands of St Kilda lie 41 miles west of the outer Hebrides, boasting northern Europe’s largest seabird colony and rare marine life.

Snow covered landscape – the big freeze in Scotland

Scotland is in the middle of the longest cold spell for 40 years . NASA has released a satellite image of Scotland and it is totally white.While this is causing problems for many people , as photographers it is an opportunity for us to get some great pictures. On Thursday I went up to Blackmount and Glencoe. It was the first time I have ever seen Blackmount totally covered in snow .

Blackmount , Scotland
Blackmount in the snow , Scotland

Scotland is in the middle of the longest cold spell for 40 years . NASA has released a satellite image of Scotland and it is totally white.While this is causing problems for many people , as photographers it is an opportunity for us to get some great pictures. On Thursday I went up to Blackmount and Glencoe. It was the first time I have ever seen Blackmount totally covered in snow . The loch was frozen over and it was a total whiteout. Further up the road I stopped at Buachaille Etive Mor to take some pictures. As soon as I got out of the car I felt the bitter cold . I walked towards the mountain to take some pictures and within 3 or 4 minutes the tips of my fingers were numb. I quickly took some pictures and headed straight back to the car.The temperature must have been sub-zero. I continued along the A84 to Glencoe . Unfortunately the sun was behind the paps of Glencoe by the time I reached it and it wasn’t ideal for pictures. I took a couple of shots and headed back to Blackmount because I knew there were more pictures to be had there. As soon as you got off the road the snow was about a foot deep. The sun was shining and the landscape looked like a winter wonderland. I took quite a lot of pictures including a set of 4 which I am going to put together for a panoramic image in Photoshop. I also recorded some
video of the scene . This is probably the best I have seen the Highlands in the snow for about 2 years[poll id=”1″]

Free pictures gallery – phone wallpapers

I have just added a new gallery of free pictures which can be sent direct to a mobile phone . The pictures are of Eilean Donan Castle , Glencoe , Buachaille Etive Mor and Blackmount in the Scottish Highlands

Glencoe 456
Glencoe 456

I have just added a new gallery of free pictures which can be sent direct to a mobile phone . The pictures are of Eilean Donan Castle , Glencoe , Buachaille Etive Mor and Blackmount in the Scottish Highlands .

free pictures gallery.