Fate of Jimmy Savile’s derelict vandalised highland cottage to be decided by locals

The future of prolific paedophile Jimmy Savile’s cottage in the Scottish Highlands where he is thought to have abused several people is to have its future decided by locals.

DJ Savile lived in the two-bedroom cottage at Allt-na-Reigh, in Glencoe, from 1998 until he died in 2011.

The cottage is thought to be the place where the pervert abused up to 20 people, reports the Daily Record.

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Over the years it has been regularly vandalised with graffiti and was subsequently bought for £212,000 at auction, but renovation work never got underway.

It’s now in the hands of the family of retail tycoon Harris Aslam.

Before the buildings reputation was tarnished by Savile it was once home to mountaineering legend Hamish MacInnes, founder of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and the driving force behind the wider mountain rescue movement in Scotland.

Mr Aslam, director of convenience store operator Eros Retail, is thought to have bought it from a builder for £335,000 along with his cousin and business partner Raza Rehman.

Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile

He wants to turn it into a family home given its “beautiful location” and honour MacInnes at the same time, but he says he’s keen to hear what locals have to say about the idea first.

He told the Lochaber Times: “I am aware of its history but think something positive can be done with it.

“We’re looking at various options at the moment that could possibly involve some kind of permanent tribute to Hamish MacInnes, which would be fantastic.

“It is such an amazing location but we also want to know what local people think. Over the years it’s been subjected to a lot of vandalism and people are always breaking in.

“We’d like to do something the community could support so that everyone can be collectively proud of the end result.”

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Mr Aslam, who is planning to host an online public consultation next Tuesday to gauge local opinion, said it was thought MacInnes had invented his revolutionary MacInnes stretcher and ice axe at the property.

He added: “It really appeals to me to provide some kind of tribute or memorial to Hamish MacInnes. We’re not sure of what that might actually look like or what form it would take, but it’s something I’d love to do.

“Yes, the property does have a dark history, but only for a certain period. I think we can do something really positive with it and I’d like to hear what people think.”

The former Highland home of Jimmy Savile at Allt na Reigh which lies in the spectacular mountains of Glencoe, Argyll and has been the target of vandals
The former Highland home of Jimmy Savile at Allt na Reigh which lies in the spectacular mountains of Glencoe, Argyll and has been the target of vandals

Savile first set eyes on the cottage during a cycling holiday in 1944. His guests at the property included Prince Charles, who once had dinner there. It was also featured in the famous Louis Theroux documentary When Louis Met Jimmy.

Residents have told how he would wander around Glencoe in a Highland kilt waving at tourists.

One local has described how when he once asked for Savile’s autograph, he was instead left with a message that said “’lost girls” should visit him.

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