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Get off my land blasts Mr Skibo.



Byline: MEG MILNE

SKIBO Castle Skibo Castle is located to the west of Dornoch in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland overlooking the Dornoch Firth. Coordinates:

Construction of Skibo Castle was started by Gilbert de Moravia, the Bishop of Caithness around 1186 at Schytherbolle
 owner Peter de Savary Peter John de Savary (born 11 July 1944) is an English entrepreneur and a former Chairman of Millwall F.C.

In the 1999 Sunday Times Rich List, he was placed in 971st place with an estimated fortune of £21 million, but was not listed in the top 1,000 places in subsequent
 says he could be forced to close if ramblers start roaming his grounds.

He warns they will scare off Verb 1. scare off - cause to lose courage; "dashed by the refusal"
daunt, frighten away, frighten off, scare away, pall, scare, dash

intimidate, restrain - to compel or deter by or as if by threats
 rich and famous guests such as Madonna, who held her wedding there.

He has written to the Scottish Executive asking them to make his exclusive hotel exempt from new laws New Laws: see Las Casas, Bartolomé de.  guaranteeing the right to ramble.

He's even dropped in names of celebrity guests like Michael Douglas and Jack Nicholson to support his case.

But ramblers say they already have the right to ramble on his Highland estate - and the new laws simply secure that right.

Under the Land Reform Bill, ramblers will have free access to the Scottish countryside - including Skibo Castle Estate, home of De Savary's exclusive Carnegie Club.

But he says if the Executive forces him to comply, the club will lose its all-important seclusion seclusion Forensic psychiatry A strategy for managing disturbed and violent Pts in psychiatric units, which consists of supervised confinement of a Pt to a room–ie, involuntary isolation, to protect others from harm . His members - who can pay pounds 700 a night - could be put off and "our very existence would be threatened".

And that would be a disaster for the local economy, he added.

The estate, near Dornoch in Sutherland, contributes more that pounds 4million a year to the area and employs 80 full-time staff and 120 in the busy season.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 15, 2001
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