Apr 02 2020

Hello Fairy Glen!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Andrew Carnegie’s “Fairy Glen” Acquired by Woodland Trust Scotland.


Welcome to the fold, Fairy Glen!



We have purchased a favourite summer picnic spot of Andrew Carnegie, a millionaire industrialist and philanthropist  who bought the Skibo Estate, and its Ledmore and Migdale woods in 1897 and would return with his family to spend summer holidays until the outbreak of the First World War.


The Carnegies named their favourite woodland walk and picnic spot “The Fairy Glen” and in 1907 opened it to the public.


A carved stone marking the occasion was uncovered by Woodland Trust Scotland volunteer wardens Jim and Saddhavati Monahan, and site manager Ross Watson last week. It had become overgrown with moss and grass.The stone reads:


Opened By
Mr, Mrs and Miss Carnegie
10th September 1907



The Glen has a path through it today, but once had a more elaborate route through including nine wooden footbridges across the burn.


Woodland Trust Scotland purchased Ledmore and Midgale in 1993. At nearly 700 hectares it is one of the Trust’s largest sites, and its most northerly wood in the UK. The 2.5ha Fairy Glen remained in private ownership however, until this week’s completed purchase.


Woodland Trust Scotland site manager Ross Watson said: “This is a beautiful little glen with a charming burn tumbling through oakwoods, dripping with mosses and ferns. It would be a lovely addition to Ledmore and Migdale on its woodland merits alone, but the Carnegie connection makes it all the more fitting. We are extremely grateful for the support of The Carman Family Foundation which enabled us to acquire this site.”


I can’t wait to visit after the end of Corona gives us back our freedom to explore.


Matilda Scharsach

Scotland Volunteering Development Officer



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