Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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A project to build a sculpture at Sligachan is £23,000 short of its target.

The sculpture would pay tribute to mountaineering figures, Professor Norman Collie and John Mackenzie.

The pair are credited with creating many of the routes across the Cuillin range.  

John Mackenzie was from the crofting village of Sconser.  He began climbing the Cuillin range at the age of 10 and went onto become the first ever native Scot to become a professional mountain guide.

Mackenzie met Professor Collie, an internationally renowned scientist and mountain expert, on Skye – and the pair formed a climbing partnership and friendship that spanned over half a century.

So far, the Collie Mackenzie Heritage Group have completed the first stage of the project.  The initial phase saw the group raise £200,000 to fund the formation of a 21-space car park, information panels, stone seating and the removal of an overhead power system.  

The Group have since raised £93,500 to fund the final stage of the project.  They now hope to meet their final target by 2020, and are already planning a Skye celebration of the Cuillin to mark the historic occasion of the unveiling.

Constituency MSP Kate Forbes said: "I've met with the Collie Mackenzie Heritage Group several times about their exciting plans to commemorate John Mackenzie and Professor Norman Collie.

"I know they have put in a lot of hard work, and have made significant progress over that time. There is still a way to go, but I know there is a lot of goodwill and hope that the heritage group will reach their goals.

"The most pressing issue right now is, of course, funding and I'd like to commend all of the individuals and groups who have backed this project."

Morag Nicolson, chair of the Collie Mackenzie Heritage Group, added: "The lengthy climb from base camp to summit sees us now on the final ascent thanks to supporters from all over the world.

"We are now so close to placing this iconic sculpture in the landscape at Sligachan."

Donations can be made via the group's website: and further information is also available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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