Welcome to our new programme of Scottish working holidays for 2016!
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 demonstrated. The camps are made up of eight to twelve volunteers of many ages and backgrounds. As a Thistle Camper 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 sixth year running. Some highlights for 2016 include:
- Yet another record breaking year, with a total of 74 camps planned, and the possibility of more launching during 2016. Remember to sign up for our short notice list if you want to hear more!
- For the archaeology lovers out there we have new projects at Pabbay and Torridon, and we return to Shetland with a 13 day archaeology camp based on the wild northern island of Unst. Pabbay will be particularly exciting as it’ll be wild camping on one of the remotest Islands in Scotland!
- After a few years’ absence we’re returning to a few properties around Scotland - Crarae, Grey Mares Tail and Leith Hall.
From lowland gardens to wild mountains and remote romantic islands, there’s a vast range of working holidays for you to choose from!