I love going to Skye I am going in October and I cannot wait it has been a long time coming. It is a place dear to my heart and a climbers and walkers heaven. I first went in Easter 1972 there was a lot of snow and it was wild.
Over that Easter I did most of the Munros real wild days with great people and even failed about 100 feet from the top of Sgurr Nan Gillean in a winter storm. There were few on the hills then and Skye was an eye opener.
I was back many times sometimes 4-5 times a year. Some of the call -outs were incredible and I have huge respect for the Skye rescue team that a knew well for many years.
A young Heavy on Skye in 1972 staying in Glen Brittle at Mc Raes Barn, history and met Gideon
Please make a donation and help us celebrate a hero of Skye – John Mackenzie – and his pioneering climbing companion and friend, Norman Collie. We need to raise £128,000.
Both figures will be cast in bronze and be one and a half times life size. They will stand on a natural plinth of boulders looking towards the iconic view of the Cuillin from Sligachan on Skye.
We are seeking to commemorate the climbing achievements of Isle of Skye native, John Mackenzie, and his friend and mountaineering pioneer, Norman Collie with a bronze sculpture of both men to be erected at Sligachan on Skye. We have two primary aims:
- To gain public appreciation of the achievements made by Collie and Mackenzie during their pioneering climbs of the Skye Cuillin.
- To promote the value and connection of the local landscape, wild places and the Gaelic culture.
The sculpture will form part of a wider interpretation area that aims to tell visitors about Skye’s spectacular Cuillin mountain range and the two men’s achievements.
Please use this website to find out more about the project and make a donation
ease make a donation and help us celebrate a hero of Skye – John Mackenzie – and his pioneering climbing companion and friend, Norman Collie.
We need to raise £128,000. Please help a little will help.
With your help, we aim to have the sculpture in place by 2017, Scotland’ year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.