With 76,000 hectares (190,000 acres) in our care, we are the third largest landowner in Scotland and the largest managing land for conservation purposes.

The landscapes we look after represent Scotland in microcosm: it’s possible in one day to experience both Arctic sub-tundra conditions in the Cairngorms and relatively balmy western coastlines warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream.

Through the Trust’s properties you can experience enthralling and unexpected contrasts; such as that between the remnants of medieval and Georgian field systems surrounding Greenbank House south of Glasgow and the rugged, terrible beauty of the pass of Glencoe, where late 17th century conflict took such a brutally infamous human toll.  

In majestic places like Torridon and Balmacara, we are working to restore ancient native woodlands and helping to maintain traditional, environmentally sustainable forms of land use, such as crofting.  We maintain wetlands at Threave, Goatfell on the Isle of Arran and Montrose Basin, care for the marine, coastal and estuary habitats found at Canna, Staffa, Iona and Rockcliffe and manage moorland to provide a home for black grouse at Mar Lodge Estate and Ben Lomond

While keeping a watchful eye on the wellbeing of rare plants and wildlife such as peregrine falcons and eagles, we are careful to strike a balance with the needs of farmers and communities.  

We welcome over two million people each year to our countryside properties and have restored over 100 kilometres of mountain footpaths in order to reduce pressure on vulnerable habitats and yet ensure public access to some of the loftiest, most spectacular places in the British Isles.  

Our Countryside Rangers are charged with helping people understand and connect with our wild lands and every year they introduce some 20,000 schoolchildren to the great outdoors.

As with the other heritage in the Trust’s care, we are only temporary custodians who take very seriously our responsibility for passing on our lands to future generations in the best possible condition.

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