Welcome to our new and exciting programme of Scottish working holidays!
This year's range of camps are proving as popular as ever and many of our projects are fully booked for 2014. We run a waiting list whom we contact in the event of cancellations and if you would like to be kept informed just complete an application, being sure to select the 'short notice' option. You'll then receive availability updates by email as the season progresses and we'll also update you automatically when our 2015 Thistle Camps are released!
A working holiday may sound like an odd idea, but you'd be surprised - the National Trust for Scotland's Thistle and Trailblazer Camps offer more fun, excitement and achievement than you'd ever have on the average week off. If you're passionate about conservation, getting outdoors, or simply enjoy getting your hands dirty, then read on - you could make a real difference to Scotland's natural heritage.
Thistle Camps are residential working holidays based at National Trust for Scotland properties that help the NTS, Scotland's leading conservation charity, to conserve and manage the historic locations under its care. Campers will live and work in some of Scotland's most remarkable and remote places over a week or so of exciting and rewarding experiences. No prior experience is required for most of our camps, as work is always fully explained and techniques always demonstrated. The camps are made up of eight to twelve volunteers of many ages and backgrounds. As Thistle Campers you'll be sharing your accommodation, be it a basic bothy or a luxury farmhouse, with your fellow campers, chipping in on the communal tasks of cooking and cleaning.
Our Thistle and Trailblazer Camps continue to increase in popularity and to help all of you aspiring campers find places we are increasing the number of camps we run for the fifth year running. Some highlights for 2014 include:
- A record number of camps this year with a total of 67 camps, up 11 on last year, with several new exciting projects, stunning locations and improved accommodation.
- Our first ever camp on Shetland, with a 10 day archaeology based on the wild northern island of Unst.
- Exciting practical projects, learning dyking at Culloden or Glencoe; footpath work at Torridon and Arran; and a special replica boat building project at Brodick.
- First time visit to 3 new properties at Crarae, the Pineapple and Robert Burns Cottage.
- The chance to get active, as we start a new twin of our successful Kintail Kayaking camp, with a new Glencoe Kayaking camp.
From lowland gardens to wild mountains and remote romantic islands, there's a vast range of working holidays for you to choose from.
Also for 2014, we are continuing our driver discount scheme. There are many camps where it would be helpful to have an extra driver to share the load on our leaders in exchange for a 10% discount on the camp. If you are willing and able we'd like to hear from you, so please do make sure you answer the driving questions on the application form.