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Find out all about us in our introduction to the Trust video.
We are the largest conservation charity in Scotland.
The Trust is a founder member of the International National Trusts Organisation which promotes the cause of conserving heritage across the world.
In one year the Trust is the beneficiary of over 170,000 volunteer hours which equates to approximately £1.7 million of benefit in kind.
The Trust is responsible for 20 properties around the coast of Scotland, holding around one fifth of all seabirds breeding in Scotland.
The Trust manages Scotland’s largest Ranger Service helping visitors to enjoy the countryside.
In urban areas, we work with schools and groups working with disadvantaged children to introduce them to our shared heritage.
59 of our visitor properties and all our holiday houses are in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, gaining seven Gold Awards
Many of the Trust’s properties are in rural areas, with 77% in areas classed as rural by the Scottish Government.
Our USA Foundation and the Canadian NTS are instrumental in keeping alive our heritage, raising generous donations towards its upkeep.
Our education programmes at Culzean Castle and Pollok House have both received prestigious Sandford Awards.
Scotland’s first community wind turbine (1982) is on a Trust property at Fair Isle managed by islanders and supported by the Trust.
The Trust’s gardens are used by community groups, schools and mental health groups for experience in growing food and working in the outdoors.