Friday 15th December 2017
The National Trust for Scotland - a place for everyone.

Welcome to our programme of Scottish working holidays!

2018 Early Bird Bookings!

You can now apply for a selection of our early season 2018 working holidays!  Places on these projects will be offered on a first come first served basis and the good news is they are available at 2017 prices! So, what better time to join us for a conservation adventure in a special part of Scotland!

But don't worry if you aren't able to join us for one of these camps as our full range of projects will launch very soon. If you'd like to be the first to hear when the main programme is released, along with details of our allocation process for the later camps, email us at   


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, Iona, Glencoe, Threave and Mar Lodge; and we’ll also be returning to Inverewe with a specific archaeology passport training camp.  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.

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.