Hugh MacLeod


Clan chief Hugh MacLeod will next month be more concerned about tyres rather than tartan as he heads out to help a cause a long way from his Dunvegan seat.

For the 30th chief of the clan MacLeod is taking to two wheels in September  riding a mountain bike 250km off road in 5 days for The European Nature Trust's Transylvanian Bike Ride in aid of the ‘Regatul Salbatic’ or ‘Wild Kingdom’ initiative.

Hugh said: “This programme provides tens of thousands of children each year with a unique and exciting environmental education – a critical component of global conservation to help save one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across Europe.”

Last year, a team of riders raised enough money to purchase a second mobile education unit. It is now on the road and has almost doubled the amount of children reached every year.

The aim now is to develop the programme further. All money raised from the ride this year will go towards running and operating the new bus, as well as investment into the continuation of our programmes and the development of a long- running curriculum for environmental education.

Hugh has now set up his own Just Giving page with the hope of attracting further financial support to his cycle fundraiser

Born in London in 1973, Hugh MacLeod graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Modern History from the University of London and the Sorbonne in 1995.

After a brief period at Sotheby's and Freud Communications, Hugh began working in television as a researcher and was commissioned to direct/produce Champagne and Canvas, a documentary that was nominated for best video at the 1998 BBC British Short Film Festival. Since then, Hugh has worked as a freelance director, producer and writer in film and TV and now combines his media career with the management of the MacLeod Estate which he took on in 2008.