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Scottish Highland Titles: Glencairn, Glencrannog & John O’Groats

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Price: £24.99 +
Titles: Laird or Lady of Glencairn, Laird or Lady of John O’Groats, Laird or Lady of Glencrannog
Est. 1983
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All three titles sold by Scottish Highland Titles come with certificates, map and directions on how to find your square foot of land, information on the Lairds’ Retreat by Loch Riddon, Argyll, and an ID card. There are options to have plots of land side-by-side for couples, and also a joint title deed.

This is a very straight-forward site, and the designers should be commended for this. The contents of the package are shown and there is ample description of the areas around each of the lairdships. What would have added to this is photos of the actual plots, or at least an indication on a map of where the plots are. Certainly the map of Scotland is useful, but as to each plot’s exact location, we have no idea from looking at the website. We’re left wondering if the plots of land coincide with the areas shown in the photos or the titles. We supposed this really didn’t matter for the titles Glencairn and Glencrannog as they are fairly generic titles, but for John o’Groats we’re left wondering whether the vendor has absolute right to the title (we’re sure they do, but the absence of online confirmation is worrying).

Conservation is signposted heavily on the site, and much is made of a planting programme of Scots pine and other native trees. We’d like to see evidence of this before supporting the initiative. Indeed, there are 10 acres at the Lairds’ Retreat of which Scottish Highland Titles say:

It is our policy to leave the Lairds’ Retreat completely untouched and allow nature to take over giving the land a chance to generate/ regenerate. In doing so this may hinder access but the wildlife will thank you for it.

One Square Foot isn’t entirely sure what this means, but would prefer to see a more proactive management programme in place to ensure that native flora and fauna is properly encouraged.

Lastly, given the geographical spread of this offering’s lairdships we wonder whether any of the locations are actually connected to the vendors. The calligrapher Hamish is the only personality connected to the titles and it would be reassuring to see a friendly face or name popping up on the website.

osf rating: 3 stars

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  1. Admin

    Here’s a little local insight on Laird of Glencairn:

    “… you’d be amazed how many people come to Caithness just to see their piece of land so it’s good for the tourist trade.

    Many years ago someone bought a load of land on the Burn of Camster, split it into quarter acre plots and advertised them down in England. It was going to be a new town with a hotel and shops and everything, well that’s what the advert said, truth is it was never going to be anything but a peat bog.

    Then the adverts started in Private Eye for the one foot square plots with the right to call yourself the Laird of Camster, the real Laird of Camster wasn’t happy and it changed to Glencairn.”


    Posted on 20-Oct-08 at 8:49 am | Permalink
  2. Bob

    I bought one of these square plots in 98 and even visited the place just out of Lybster. Even though it may seem like a money monking scheme, there are people who still want apiece. Does anyone know of any titles being sold in this way at moment by anyone in Scotland? The ones I know of have a Guernsey and Welsh address.

    Posted on 12-Apr-11 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Admin

    The only Scottish based ones are ScottishLaird at Dunans and Mative woodlands

    Posted on 09-Feb-12 at 11:00 am | Permalink

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