Monday 11th December 2017
The National Trust for Scotland - a place for everyone.

Welcome to our new programme of Scottish working holidays for 2017!



It won't be long until we release details of our 2018 working holidays!  If you're looking for information on what's coming up next year, we'll be launching the programme in December.  Please email us at if you'd like to be the first to hear when these new projects go live!


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. 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 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 are increasing the number of camps we run for the seventh year running. Some highlights for 2017 include:


- Yet another record breaking year, with a total of 81 camps planned, and the possibility of more launching during 2017. Remember to sign up for our short notice list if you want to hear more!


- For the archaeology lovers out there we have new projects at Culzean, Brodick and Berneray; and we’ll also be returning to Inverewe.  Berneray will be particularly exciting as it’ll be wild camping on one of the remotest islands in Scotland!


- In conjunction with the Nevis Landscape Partnership we’ll continue to help conserve the UK’s highest mountain with 2 dedicated footpath camps and a ‘varied’ camp that will carry out a range of conservation tasks.


- We’ve got some new specialist camps including drystane dyking at Hill of Tarvit; bat and tree surveying at Inverewe; and woodland management at Culzean. We’re also heading to Arduaine for the first time!


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