VisitScotland bosses apologise after using a photograph of the Highlands hideaway where paedophile Jimmy Savile is feared to have abused more than 20 victims in a promotional Instagram post
- Tourist board posted picture with caption: ‘Snow-capped mountains in Glencoe’
- But followers were quick to point out Jimmy Savile’s holiday home was in shot
- Savile used the cottage next to A82 as a Highland holiday home until 2011 death
- VisitScotland apologised and removed picture ‘so as not to cause offence’
Tourist board VisitScotland was left red-faced after accidentally posting a picture of Jimmy Savile’s holiday home on Instagram.
The picture was uploaded to VisitScotland’s feed with the caption: ‘Snow-capped mountain in Glencoe, fantastic shot’.
At first followers left comments praising the ‘amazing view’, but several were quick to point out the significance of the building in the foreground.
It showed the paedophile’s holiday home Allt Na Reigh where he is believed to have abused more than 20 of his 450 victims.
This picture was uploaded to VisitScotland’s feed with the caption: ‘Snow-capped mountain in Glencoe, fantastic shot’. The building in it was Jimmy Savile’s holiday home until his death in 2011
He used the Highland cottage near the A82 as a getaway until his death in 2011.
In a statement, a VisitScotland spokesman said: ‘Our social media channels are used to inspire people to visit Scotland, because of this we often share stunning images taking by visitors to our country.
‘In error, we shared on Instagram an image depicting snow-capped mountains in Glencoe which also contained a building.
‘We later decided to remove it in case it caused any offence.’
Savile (pictured) is feared to have abused 20 of his 450 victims at the house in the Scottish Highlands
Savile, who died aged 84 before he could be prosecuted for his horrific crimes, bought the whitewashed cottage from renowned Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes in 1998.
After his death it was reportedly sold at auction to an elderly couple for £212,000 – more than double the £100,000 asking price.
But after allegations started to emerge about Savile, it was targeted by vandals who spray-painted ‘Jimmy the Beast’ across the walls and locals say it has been left empty.
The building also featured in the BBC Louis Theroux documentary When Louis Met…. Jimmy.
After allegations started to emerge about Savile, the whitewashed cottage was targeted by vandals who spray-painted ‘Jimmy the Beast’ across the walls