I love Skye after over 40 years of adventures on this magical Island . I love its history and it people and have so many incredible days on these hills and all over the Island. I was involved with the Mountain Rescue for many years supporting the local Skye Team on many rescues and learned much from Pete Thomas and Gerry Ackroyd and many of the locals that make up incredible team. There is no mountains like them in the UK and I learned so many lessons on these great mountains. I was always in awe of those who opened up these hills for us to share, what experiences they must have had in the very early days of mountainering.
I was on the way back from Skye after a wet weekend on Saturday and I was asked to stop in at Sconser and meet Morag and Hector who along with others are trying to hard to get a Sculpture Commisioned of two of my heroes of Skye John MAcKenzie and Norman Collie. John MacKenzie is a special man Skye born and bred as it says below a hero of a time when Skye was remote as the Alps and many of the hills were not climbed. many of the local schools are involved and huge effort has been put in by so many locals over the years and I feel this needs supporting . These two men from the Golden age need recognition by future generations and what a finer way to celebrate than this Sculpture. Can you help by donating and passing this on please.
JOHN MACKENZIE: A SKYE HERO
Born in 1856, John MacKenzie, of Sconser on the Isle of Skye, loved to explore from an early age, first climbing Sgurr nan Gillean aged just ten. He went on to be the first ever native Scot to work as a professional guide and was hugely significant in early ascents of the Cuillin.
We are looking to commemorate his achievements and indeed his friendship with mountaineering pioneer, Norman Collie, with a bronze sculpture of both men to be erected at Sligachan on Skye. We hope to gain public appreciation for their pioneering climbs of the Cuillin and to celebrate their connection with the place, and their appreciation of the significance of the landscape within Gaelic culture.
The sculpture will sit alongside interpretation panels with more information about MacKenzie and Collie, and the surrounding area has been developed to make it accessible to all.
At the moment, we are looking for your support to go towards the building of this iconic structure in its equally iconic setting.
They are trying so hard to raise the cash to have this iconic Sculpture built overlooking the Skye ridge opposite the Sligachan. One of the most iconic views in the U.K.
The Heritage Group seeks to celebrate the achievements of Norman Collie and John Mackenzie with a larger than life size bronze sculpture set against the backdrop of the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye.
To gain public appreciation of the achievements made by Collie and Mackenzie during their pioneering climbs of the Cuillin.
To promote the value and connection of the local landscape, wild places and the Gaelic culture
Charity No: SC038527
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DONATIONS 2017 every penny counts please if you can help donate to this iconic Sculpture that will recognise these two true men of the mountains from another era.
Mary Crabtree, great grandniece of Norman Collie Donation £12,500
Local business Skye Donation £500
Scottish Mountaineering Trust Pledge £2000
Galloway Mountain Rescue Team Donation £100
Members of the Glenelg Mountain Rescue team Donation £500
Blairgowrie Ramblers Association Donation £100