Collie & MacKenzie Commemorative Bronze Sculpture. We get many visitors travelling to Skye, a lot of them come especially to climb the famous black Cuillin mountain range. The mountains can be seen from various points on the island and the mainland, I always feel there is something magical about them.
A sculpture celebrating two famous mountaineers is to be erected on Skye after a community heritage group reached its £117,000 fundraising target, following a fundraising campaign over 16 years. Collie and Mackenzie Heritage Group had already successfully raised £200,000 to complete the first phase of the project, which included creating a 21-space car park, information panels and stone seating. The sculpture has now been commissioned by a local sculptor Stephen Tinney and plans are now being made for the unveiling of this iconic bronze sculpture at Sligachan in September.
The Heritage Group seeks to celebrate the achievements of Norman Collie and John Mackenzie with a larger than life size bronze sculpture set against the backdrop of the Cuillins. The statue will gain public appreciation of the achievements made by Collie and Mackenzie during their pioneering climbs of the Cuillin.
John Mackenzie was from the crofting village of Sconser and began climbing the Cuillin range at the age of ten, going on to become the first native Scot to become a professional mountain guide. He met Professor Collie, an internationally renowned scientist and mountain expert, in Skye, and the pair formed a climbing partnership and friendship that spanned more than half a century. Sgurr Mhic Choinnich was named after MacKenzie, while Collie’s ledge on the mountain commemorates the scientist. The latter was used by a modern day adventurer Danny MacAskill native of Skye in his daring bike ride ‘The Ridge’
If you are thinking of visiting Skye later in the year a visit to Sligachan is a must, you will be able to view the sculpture and experience the magic for yourself. You could always combine it with a visit to the Sligachan Hotel. Have a meal in the Collie Lounge, you won’t be disappointed with the view of the wonderful majestic Cuillin Ridge. You can be assured of a warm welcome from the staff at the family run hotel, I can highly recommend the food.
Collie & MacKenzie Commemorative Bronze Sculpture Gallery