Monday 19th November 2018
The National Trust for Scotland - a place for everyone.

Welcome to our programme of Scottish working holidays!

There are only a few working holidays left during 2018, but the good news is that means we're hard at work putting together our 2019 programme!  If you would like to be automatically updated when our new season of projects is launched, send an email to us at and we'll contact you in December to let you know applications are open.  We'll be returning to many favourite properties next year, but there's going to be a whole host of new projects to choose from too!

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!

Our working holidays are residential projects 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. Participants 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 volunteer 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 have a wide range of camps in store for you. Some highlights for 2018 include:


- For the archaeology lovers out there we have new projects at Kintail, Glencoe, Threave and Mar Lodge.  Mingulay will also see us return for a 3rd time to the Western Isles, with a wild camping project on one of the remotest islands in Scotland!

 - We are in our third and final year of running camps in conjunction with the Nevis Landscape Partnership, helping conserve the UK’s highest mountain with two dedicated footpath projects plus a varied camp that will carry out a range of conservation tasks at this iconic location.

 - We’ve got some new specialist camps including an improvers drystane dyking at Hill of Tarvit; a Mar Lodge Activity project where we will spend three days making mountain ascents, guided by the property rangers, and a new footpath management camp at Rockcliffe.

- We also plan to release more projects during the year, so don't forget to sign up for our short notice updates to be kept informed about what's new!


From lowland gardens to wild mountains and remote romantic islands, there’s a vast range of working holidays for you to choose from! 

There will be other camps launched during 2018, so be sure to sign up for the short notice list if you want to receive our regular email updates.