Tuesday 1st December 2015
The National Trust for Scotland - a place for everyone.

It won't be long until we launch our exciting programme of working holidays for 2016!  If you'd like to be notified when they're released email us at thistlecamps@nts.org.uk and let us know.

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.

From lowland gardens to wild mountains and remote romantic islands, there’s a vast range of working holidays for you to choose from.  There is a quota of male / female places on each of our camps, and you may find a holiday that is showing as available, however, we may only have spaces for one gender. Where this is the case we will contact you to let you know and to discuss alternative options.

Also for 2015, 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.

Please note that a camp may be showing as having places available however, each holiday has a quota of male / female places, and we may only have spaces for one gender. We will contact you to discuss alternative options if this is the case.