Registrant: The Highland Titles Charitable Trust for Scotland
Highland Titles Ltd
Uniquely this operation is run by a charity.
The company operates two web sites, LochaberHighlandEstates.com and Highlandtitles.com, selling Laird of Lochaber and Laird of Glencoe respectively. These are both very professional offerings, having been designed by Hotscot, a Fort William based web design company. They are one of the top Scottish web designers, being responsible for such gems as Fergus Ewing, MSP’s site and the Northern Constabulary website. It doesn’t get any better than that! Highland Titles also appear to be the only company to have mastered social networking with a Facebook page with over 130,000 supporters. Awesome!
Unlike all the other sites we reviewed, they have a page dedicated to radio, television and newspaper articles about them, their conservation work and their Laird Titles. Unusual, is that there is a proper “Contact Us” page, with a street address that corresponds to the owner of the domain name, an email address and telephone numbers, both freephone and normal landline.
Our email was replied to within 20 minutes and a follow-up telephone call was answered second ring by a helpful human. If only all the businesses were like Highland Titles.
We selected “Special Next Day” plus electronic delivery and within an hour a PDF of our documents was delivered to our email box. The next day we received a very attractive folder containing our documents and some extras – best of which was a DVD showing videos of the area and a certificate recording the planting of a tree in our name.
The pack is unique in that the plot purchased is defined according to the Ordnance Survey rather than just an unidentified square foot. In addition, Highland Titles operate a plot registry, so lairds can check that their plot ownership has been recorded. This lifts it out of the novelty bucket. The conservation work is more clearly defined than the other companies who claim this point. Highland Titles operate two nature reserves, one near Glencoe and another near Invergarry.
So if you want to support a Scottish nature reserve and really want to own a tiny piece of Scotland, this is the one that seems to do the job. There is also an annual meeting in Glencoe so if you want to get involved with the ongoing conservation work you can.
Another welcome feature is that Highland Titles are associated with several Scottish good causes, including Wildcat Haven who are saving the Scottish wildcat from extinction.