27 October 1998
Impresario backs plans to buy Scottish land

SIR Cameron Mackintosh, the theatre impresario has offered to underwrite plans by the residents of a remote Scottish peninsula to buy their land from an absentee landlord.

The Knoydart estate covers 6879 hectares (17,000 acres) around Loch Nevis.

The company that owns it, Knoydart Peninsula Limited, is thought to have debts of £1.4 million and is in negotiations to sell.