Jimmy Savile's Glencoe cottage should be destroyed, locals say

Jimmy Savile’s Glencoe cottage where the paedophile DJ abused up to 20 victims should be razed to the ground, locals say

  • Allt-na-Reigh was owned by the paedophile DJ until his death in 2011 
  • The cottage has been vandalised and fallen into disrepair – locals want it razed 

It is one of picturesque Glencoe’s most famous landmarks – but for all the wrong reasons.

Now locals have called for the eyesore Allt-na-Reigh cottage – once owned by shamed Jimmy Savile – to finally be razed to the ground.

These pictures obtained by the Mail show the derelict and heavily vandalised state of the two-bed house which greets visitors entering one the country’s most stunning landscapes.

Located on a hillside near the Fort William to Glasgow road, the property was owned by Savile from 1998 until his death in 2011.

It comes as fresh plans have been lodged to transform the building into a modern home.

Jennifer Hillen, the walking coordinator of the Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers, knows the area near the disgraced DJ’s Highland lair well.

Jimmy Savile owned a Highland holiday cottage where it is estimated he abused up to 20 victims

Locals say Saville’s Allt-na-Reigh cottage in Glencoe is an eyesore

The derelict cottage has been vandalised and is daubed with graffiti

It is now in a state of total disrepair and plans have been resubmitted to demolish the buildings 

The submitted plans include replacing the derelict buildings with a more modern home

She said: ‘It looks awful, the doors have all been vandalised. It looks totally derelict.

‘It is on the main Glencoe road so it is such an eyesore for people driving past it.’

It is estimated depraved paedophile Savile abused up to 20 people at the address over the years.

The home even received visits from King Charles when he was a prince and was featured on the Louis Theroux documentary When Louis Met Jimmy.

But the blot on the landscape could soon become a thing of the past after fresh plans for its demolition and rebuild were submitted to Highland Council.

The new design tries to blend the house into the hillside after previous plans sparked protests from objectors who said it did not fit in with the scenic landscape.

They have been lodged by the director of Fife-based Scottish convenience store operator Eros Retail Harris Aslam who bought the property for £335,500 in 2021.

Ms Hillen was positive that the area could be improved after seeing the new plans.

She said: ‘I think anything would be better than it is in its current state.

‘It is certainly a lot better than the previous proposal. I would hope the house will blend in.’

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