John Mackenzie: A Skye Hero

Born in 1856, John MacKenzie, of Sconser on the Isle of Skye, loved to explore from an early age, first climbing Sgurr nan Gillean aged just ten. He went on to be the first ever native Scot to work as a professional guide and was hugely significant in early ascents of the Cuillin.

We are looking to commemorate his achievements and indeed his friendship with mountaineering pioneer, Norman Collie, with a bronze sculpture of both men to be erected at Sligachan on Skye. We hope to gain public appreciation for their pioneering climbs of the Cuillin and to celebrate their connection with the place, and their appreciation of the significance of the landscape within Gaelic culture.

The sculpture will sit alongside interpretation panels with more information about MacKenzie and Collie, and  the surrounding area has been developed to make it accessible to all.

At the moment, we are looking for your support to go towards the building of this iconic structure in its equally iconic setting.