Highlands & Islands

Jimmy Savile cottage in Glencoe sells for £212,000

Image caption There had been a number of proposals about what should happen to the cottage

The Highland cottage owned by Jimmy Savile has been sold for more than double its asking price at auction.

The remote three-bedroom property in Glencoe was put on the market by trustees of the late DJ's estate for £100,000, but it sold for £212,000.

Savile, uncovered as one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, bought the cottage named Allt Na Reigh in 1998.

It was the target of vandals in the aftermath of the revelations with "Jimmy the Beast" spray-painted across the walls.

The cottage was sold at an evening auction by Ross Harper Property Auctions in Glasgow.

The firm described it as "a traditional refurbished detached cottage in an attractive location within scenic Highland countryside" and highlighted its proximity to Glencoe Ski Centre.

Mountaineering museum

The company also said: "The grounds also boast a large outbuilding with one-bedroom chalet, log store and there are garden grounds with waterfalls and a large parking area to front."

Image caption Jimmy Savile bought the house in 1998

Opinion had been divided over the future of the cottage, which was previously the home of renowned Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes.

Some have suggested it should be demolished while mountaineers think it should be transformed into a museum dedicated to their sport.

Previous plans to turn the property into a respite care centre for disabled people were abandoned when the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust closed in the wake of the scandal surrounding the former Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It host.

In January, detectives revealed that they had recorded 214 alleged sex offences committed by the presenter who died in October 2011 aged 84.

By March there were 450 claims made against the former presenter since Operation Yewtree was launched by Metropolitan Police last October.

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