Skye is such a Mecca for the mountaineer and I try to get over a few times every year, I was very pleased a few years ago to read that a sculpture is being built over looking the Skye Ridge a short distance from the Sligachan Inn by the Collie and Mackenzie Sculpture Group.
|Collie and Mackenzie Sculpture Group
The aim is to commemorate the achievements of Sconser man John Mackenzie and his internationally renowned climbing companion Norman Collie.The certificate below is received when you donate to the sculpture and is a grand idea to my mind.
Donate some bronze
An unique fundraising scheme has now been launched which gives everyone the opportunity to donate to the project, while at the same time obtaining a gift for friends or relatives
John Mackenzie was born at Sconser on the Isle of Skye, about three miles from Sligachan, which has been the centre for mountaineers and other visitors to the island. When he was 10, Mackenzie climbed Sgurr nan Gillean,and when he was 14, he was with a Mr Tribe on the first recorded ascent of Sgurr a’Ghreadaigh.
In 1874, with Alexander Nicolson, he made the first ascent of Sgurr Dubh. In due course Mackenzie,Known locally as Morton,became a professional guide, the first native Scot to do so.