Highland Titles have been actively involved with conservations for almost 10 years. Having started in 2004, planting new woodlands and fencing to permit regeneration in Glen Spean. Highland Titles purchased the land that we are currently selling in 2007, ( It is Title number ARG14245, registered with the Registers of Scotland) in order to restore the land to productive oak and birch woodland as it would have once been. In addition to planting about 5000 trees per year, we have constructed a car park and about 2 km of road, plus several km of paths to permit public access.
We are driven by three goals:
(1) To create a unique and meaningful gift that delights our customers;
(2) To provide our customers with the thrill of landownership;
(3) To create, manage, improve and maintain multiple Nature Reserves throughout Scotland.
Highland Titles Limited is wholly owned by the Highland Titles Charitable Trust for Scotland. This ensures that the land we own can only ever be used for the purposes of conservation.
We are very proud to provide a means by which people from all over the world can delight in a fabulous gift AND support good causes, such as protecting and conserving the land we manage.
Frequently Asked Questions
We often get asked questions, we have answered the most common ones below.
So can I really call myself a Laird, Lord or Lady?
As the owner of a Scottish estate, you will have the full rights to style yourself as a Laird (Lord) or Lady. Laird simply means “Landowner” in Scots English. In English Laird can be translated as “Lord” and the female form is “Lady”. To quote Lord Lyon, King of Arms, head of the Heraldic Executive in Scotland ‘laird’ has generally been applied to the owner of an estate, sometimes by the owner himself or, more commonly, by those living and working on the estate.
This courtesy title should not be confused with a Noble Title such as those which are conferred by the Queen on the advice of her ministers. “Laird” is not now nor has ever been a Noble title. It is simply a dignity given to a person through the courtesy of others who acknowledge their status as a Scottish Landowner.
Can I change my bank account, credit cards etc?
Yes, we include in each gift pack the legal Master Title Deed accepted in most jurisdictions internationally to confirm your new title to your bank and government agencies. You will then be able to change your title on official documentation to Laird, Lord or Lady.
Please note that government documents which do not display any title, such as all passports and in some jurisdictions your driver’s licence cannot be changed.
What is a Master Title Deed?
The Master Title Deed is similar to a Deed Poll in the way that it operates. The Deed Poll is based on a person’s right to adopt the name of their choice and asserts their intention to do so. The Master Title deed can also be used to do this, but in addition is gives effect to a person’s right to adopt a title that they have authority to use and asserts their intention to do so. By owning a small Scottish estate you gain this right to adopt the title. The Master Title Deed gives effect to this choice. Our Master Title Deed is licensed from, and used under the authority of, Deed Poll Services.
Are there any hidden charges, taxes, or future payments to make?
No. There are no land taxes in Scotland and absolutely no other costs associated with buying or owning this land. We maintain public liability insurance over the entire wood which will continue in force after your purchase. You will have no further expense to pay after the initial purchase price.
What can I do with the land?
As the new laird, you can come and find your plot, take a walk in the woods, take a photograph of your Estate, and picnic by the river.
The land is managed as a nature reserve, and you will be able to enjoy bird watching, fungi spotting, country pursuits and lots of tranquillity.
You are welcome to plant a tree or scatter ashes. If your estate is a large one (100 sqft or larger), you may wish to put your tent up and stay for a few days. As there may be a tree on your plot (it IS a wood), we permit customers who have ordered a large plot to camp anywhere on the part of the estate owned by us.
How will I know which plot is mine?
In order to legally transfer the plot to you under Contract Law, we need to be able to define its location precisely. We do this by providing you the exact GPS location, using the UK Ordnance Survey reference system. The location of each plot is unique. We provide you with an estimate of the latitude and longitude of your plot to help you locate it with GPS.
The physical location of each plot is not marked on the ground, though we do not object to you marking it once you have found it. We believe that a wood carpeted with thousands of marker poles would be unattractive, even if practical. Several plot owners have placed memorial stones, cairns or flags on their plots and this is every landowner’s right.
Can I register the plot & title for someone other than me?
Absolutely. When you register your pack you will be required to enter the name of the new landowner. This can be any name that you like.
If you would like a message enclosed to the new Laird/Lady/Lord and the pack shipped directly to them, then this is all part of the service, as is customising the deeds with a special date i.e. a birthday or anniversary.
Can I use my title for anything and in any situation?
You may use your title at any time except for any illegal purpose – such as to commit fraud, or obtain money by deception.
Can I leave my land & title to anyone?
Your land and title can be left to anybody through your Will upon your death or even sold to someone else if you wish to sell the land, after all, it is yours.
There are two covenants on the land. One prevents shooting and the second prevents your Estate from being subdivided.
Can I purchase several plots next to each other?
Yes. If the plots are all registered at the same time, then the plots will be next to each other.
Can I buy one plot with two names?
Each plot can be owned by one person only.
I want the Documents to have a special date. Will you still send it now?
Yes, whatever date you ask to be used on the documentation, we will still mail your pack without delay, unless instructed otherwise.
Can I visit my land?
Yes, it is yours after all!
We provide you with a map, map reference and full instructions on how to visit Keil Estate and your piece of Glencoe Wood. Park your car and Glencoe wood is a short walk along a leafy lane among the pretty Salachan Burn. Look closely in the spring and you may well see salmon running upstream to spawn!
Is Glencoe Wood in Glencoe?
No, Glencoe Wood lies between Glen Salachan and Glen Duror. There is another wood in Glencoe also called Glencoe Wood and this fragment might once have been contiguous with that. Unfortunately a lot of commercial forestry now lies between our Glencoe Wood and Glencoe, comprising foreign species such as Sitka and Larch. Replacement of these commercial species with appropriate native species is one of our objectives. Glencoe Wood forms an important part of the Highland Titles Nature Reserve and is managed as such.
Now I’m a Lord. Does that make my wife a Lady?
Only in your eyes!
The Title is a descriptive title that may be applied to the owner of a Scottish Estate. The title Laird of Glencoe may only be used with our permission. Your Spouse or children will need to own their own piece of Scotland to have their own title.
I am not British. Can I still buy land?
Yes you can. Scottish land can be purchased by anyone of any nationality. We currently have customers in 105 different countries. If you wish to move to Scotland, owning land here will not help you with obtaining a visa or residency rights, but otherwise you are free to visit and enjoy your land as the legal owner and laird, Lord or Lady of your small Estate.
Is there an age limit?
We are happy to provide a Certificate of Sale to anyone of any age! This is a very popular Christening gift, so you may buy for anyone of any age with confidence.