Green Christmas gift that helps nature thrive on 4 famous mountains

Trust offers outdoors lovers the chance to ‘Adopt an Acre’

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The John Muir Trust is inviting its supporters and the public to consider giving a gift this Christmas that will make a long-term difference to four great Scottish mountains.

Iconic Ben Nevis, Perthshire’s ‘Fairy Hill’ Schiehallion, dramatic Blà Bheinn on Skye and Ladhar Bheinn in rugged Knoydart are being offered for ‘adoption’ in one-acre plots at a price of £25 a year.

The scheme, launched last year, has already proven a resounding success with hundreds of acres already snapped up for adoption.

“For those who love Scotland’s world-famous mountain landscapes, this could be the ideal Christmas gift,” said Daisy Clark of the John Muir Trust. “And for those who want to give something with a bit more meaning, Adopt an Acre offers an alternative to the normal festive frenzy of consumerism.

“Every Adopt an Acre gift purchased will help care for an acre of wild mountain landscape for a year by maintaining footpaths, enhancing the landscape and protecting wildlife habitats.

“It’s ideally suited for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors, whether seasoned climbers and Munro-baggers, walkers, wildlife enthusiasts or those who just appreciate Scotland’s magnificent mountain scenery.”

Each gift pack includes an adoption certificate which can be personalised with your own message, as well as providing information on your chosen mountain and the conservation work your gift is supporting.

When you adopt two or more acres you can make the gift pack even more special by adding a beautiful mountain print or an exclusive enamel pin badge.

Adopt an Acre gifts start at £25 for one acre and can be ordered here

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Ben Nevis – or Beinn Nibheis in Gaelic – loosely translates as ‘mountain with its head in the clouds’. The highest mountain the British Isle it stands, it soars to 4411ft high, and attracts 100,000 visitors every year. Find out more

Schiehallion in Highland Perthshire derives from the Gaelic name Sidh Chailleann – ‘Fairy Hill of the Caledonians’. It stands 3553ft tall and was the site of a famous 18th century experiment in weighing the world which led to the invention of contour lines. Find out more

Blà Bheinn (or Blaven) is an eastern outlier of the Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye, reaching 3,044 feet at the highest point name is believed to be a combination of Norse and Gaelic, perhaps meaning ‘blue mountain’ or ‘sunny mountain’. Find out more

Ladhar Bheinn is Scotland's most westerly mainland Munro, reaching 1020ft deep in the heart of the Knoydart Peninsula.  Its name (pronounced 'laar-vinn') means hill of the hoof or claw. Find out more

Image credit: Chris Townsend, Ladhar Bheinn, Knoydart