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“Lost the plot?”

Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Duror
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This Nature Reserve is developed and managed by Highland Titles on the east bank of Loch Linnhe, between Salachan and Duror Glens. It provides a unique retreat for everyone, whether you simply want to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of a true wilderness amidst stunning scenery, walk the dogs or witness first-hand the Highland Titles ecological restoration programme with their flagship 60 acre Diamond Jubilee Wood. All this is funded by the sale of souvenir plots of land to people who love Scotland, and want to help restore native hardwood trees in the Highlands. Simple improvements are ongoing, including walking trails, benches along the way for quiet enjoyment of the surroundings, and signage explaining the natural habitat. If requested in advance we will try to arrange for a local guide to help you find your plot, and if required, to get around the Reserve. Our vehicle is not always available and we cannot guarantee that a driver will be able to take you. Refreshments and lodging are available in a number of nearby communities.
Reviewed 10 September 2018

I was given a square foot of ground as part of a birthday present and decided to go visit. Got a nice welcome from the girl at reception and she printed off a Google satellite view of the site. However that was just a green picture with a start and finish point? Her directions were also pretty vague and no signage along the way to indicate where my (or any) plot might be? A map of the paths would have been better and some kind of sign or grid to show a group of plots, would have confirmed I was standing in the correct bog!
Didn't take the guided tour which was probably a mistake and I'm not familiar with GPS. So long way to go for a bit of a non-event.

The other site in Glen Garry (Bumble Bee Haven) is not much better map-wise, though nice views by the loch.

Nice idea to fund conservation, but needs to give better signage direction so landowners can see what they've bought.

Thank dave25550
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EstateFactor, General Manager at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to our Nature reserve, unlike most visitors who have left really positive reviews. Perhaps it's a matter of expectations or a lack of understanding about what the gift actually funds -
We are taking old, used and abused land and restoring it to the way it used to be, and in the process creating Nature Reserves, filled with the wildlife that had long since departed. We do this without government funding or lottery grants, it's all paid for by the sale of little plots of the Reserve that your friend bought.
If we marked each and every square foot it would resemble a cemetery rather than a home for nature. If we built more paths than the network we have already created, then it would be more like a park for people and less a wild place for the animals.

I can't think of any Nature Reserve, park or woodland walk that staffs a reception area 7 days a week to give help, guidance and directions, provides a printed map showing your current location and your individual plot (by Google maps - I'm not aware of a better alternative) and a map of the footpaths and an 'I visited my estate' badge - all free of charge. We have also produced a free APP (advertised on site) for your smartphone which can guide you to your plot too.
Similarly, where else can you book a FREE guided tour in an ATV, our John Deer buggy - lasting an hour - to understand what we've done and what we're going to do and also to find your plot?
If anybody is coming a long way (we had three different groups all booked in from Australia today) then booking a guided tour is the answer.
We had just under 10,000 visitors last year many of whom wanted to stand on their plot (and managed) but the majority just want to walk round and enjoy the Reserve they have helped fund, build and maintain. Many come back again and again to see the developments and improvements - the new lochans, stocked with trout, the hedgehog rescue centre, the water vole breeding program and the biggest wildcat rehabilitation centre in Europe.
Hopefully you'll return, and next time book a tour and we'll get your 2 stars up to 5 :)

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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

it was super fun, i recommended everyone. Also, people who worked there are very kind. I already want to come back ✨

Thank Zoe G
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EstateFactor, Public Relations Manager at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

Glad you enjoyed the visit and yes, come back any time :

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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

My husband, daughter and I visited the Nature Reserve today to see the plot that I bought for him at Christmas. We were delighted to find a number of projects underway to preserve endangered wild cats and Scottish rats as well as other animals in the surrounding ecosystem. Our guide, David, was delightful and informative, walking with us to our little plot and telling us about the working being done there.
This was truly a highlight of our 23 day tour of Scotland and England.
We are proud to be helping with the working being carried out by such a dedicated team of conservationists and volunteers.
Cheers
Melanie

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EstateFactor, Public Relations Manager at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Delighted you enjoyed the visit and thanks for taking the time to review it too. Hopefully see you back some time in the future :)
By the way it's water voles that we are working with not rats ;)

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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

What a pleasant surprise it was , Nice people And enthousiaustic guide made it perfect . Also the place is Beautiful wigh a waterval And stunning vieuws, a big surprise was that there is also a very small place To stay the nightWe Will certainly coke back again.

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EstateFactor, Public Relations Manager at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Delighted you enjoyed the visit and thanks for taking the time to review it too. Hopefully see you back some time in the future :)

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Reviewed 17 August 2018

See self and collect unique impressions!
But, I recommend a weatherprof outfit! The natural area contains little clingy animals :)

Thank Christine N
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EstateFactor, Public Relations Manager at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Delighted you enjoyed the visit and thanks for taking the time to review it too. Hopefully see you back some time in the future :)

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