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Help us protect the things we love most about Scotland.
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Help us protect the things we love most about Scotland

What comes to mind when you think of Scotland?

Is it the sweeping vistas of the Highlands or the fairytale castles of Aberdeenshire? Or maybe it’s the St Kilda puffins or Robert Burns’s poetry? Whatever it is, it’s very likely that our charity looks after something that sums up Scotland at its most special for you.

We understand that these continue to be challenging times for many, but without the Trust’s constant care, what we all love most about Scotland could be lost forever. We must protect our heritage now, enjoy it today, and protect it for future generations.

Scotland’s precious heritage is becoming increasingly difficult to protect due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable environment. Priceless items in our collections – such as original Burns manuscripts – must be kept at a constant temperature, but energy prices have increased steadily over the past year. And, since 2022, we’ve seen a rise in the cost of building materials required for essential conservation, adding hundreds of thousands of pounds to urgent work to preserve historic places, protect them from irrecoverable decay, and keep them open to all.

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Protect Our Places

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Did you know ...

We care for 27 castles and houses, 39 gardens, 8 battlefields, 11,000 archaeological sites and over 300,000 items in our collections. We are guardians of over 78,000 hectares of countryside covering some of Scotland’s most iconic places – such as Glencoe, Mar Lodge Estate and Ben Lomond – all home to rare wildlife and vital biodiversity.

Thanks to your support, we ensure that these places are protected and accessible. Through them, we connect with millions of years of Scottish history and an infinite number of stories that bring our past vividly to life. Through them, too, we can connect with our precious natural world, which provides so many mental and physical benefits to ourselves as well as solutions to the climate crisis.

The pink exterior of Craigievar Castle is seen between the autumn-coloured trees. A hill rises behind the castle, with more trees growing on its slopes.

What we do is vital for Scotland’s past, present and future; and as an independent charity, we depend on your generosity to carry out our work. Please, if you can, donate today.

Protect Our Places

Please help us protect the things we love most about Scotland.

Donate today