Wednesday 16th January 2019
The National Trust for Scotland - a place for everyone.

Welcome to our programme of Scottish working holidays!


As you might be aware, there have been a few early season camps up on the website and open for applications on a first come, first served basis. Well done if you have already bagged a place! As of today however, we revert to our normal allocation process and ALL new camps requests will be dealt with using the following:

 •            As of today the website is live and you can apply for camps online.

 •             Application deadline – 9am Monday 14th January 2019. Spaces on camps will not begin to be allocated until this date. All applications received before this time will be given equal priority and camp spaces will be allocated on a lottery basis from this pool.

 •             Allocation deadline – 5pm Friday 25th January 2019. This is our deadline for informing everyone who applied for a camp before the initial application deadline which, if any, camp they have been successful in applying for.  After this process any remaining places will be offered on a first come first served basis.


We’ll also be launching some extra camps in early 2019, so don’t forget to opt in to our short notice updates when applying!

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.