Saturday 3rd December 2016
The National Trust for Scotland - a place for everyone.


We've only got a few projects left to run in 2016 and in Thistle Camps HQ we're busy finalising next year's programme. If you'd like to be first to hear about our 2017 working holidays email us at and we'll update you in December when they're launched!


Scottish Working Holidays

Would you like to spend a week in stunning location, learning new skills and making new friends?  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.

A few of our highlights for 2016 include:

      - Our first ever camps at Ben Nevis, run in conjunction with the Nevis Landscape Partnership, where we'll be helping conserve the UK’s highest mountain!

      - If you’re a budding archaeologist we’re holding our first Trailblazer at House of the Binns, where you’ll get your hands dirty working alongside Trust archaeologists (and it counts towards your Duke of Edinburgh award)!

      - After a few years’ away we’re returning to some very special properties including Crarae, Grey Mare’s 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.  Remember to sign up for our short notice list if you want to hear more about extra projects we'll launch throughout the year!