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Welcome to the National Trust for Scotland

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Thank you for being a National Trust for Scotland member and helping us to protect the places we all love. Please enjoy this message of welcome from Philip Long OBE FRSE, Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland.

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Hello, I’m Phil Long.

I want to offer you my personal thanks.

You’ve joined the National Trust for Scotland and, along with the over 300,000 other members of our charity, your support will help us go on taking care of places like Falkland Palace where I am today, and not just Falkland Palace but all of our properties.

Congratulations are due to you because this place and many others besides are now yours to enjoy.

Your membership enables you to visit as often as you like and to receive other benefits like free parking and a subscription of our award-winning members’ magazine, and there is such a lot to see.

Since we were founded in 1931, the Trust has taken into its care an unrivalled selection of places that touch upon just about every aspect of Scotland’s long and continuing story.

From the glowering magnificence of Glencoe to the stunning Culzean Castle; from battlefields that decided the nation’s fate to beautiful and flourishing gardens; from the magnificent houses of the great and good to the rugged peaked landscapes that shelter a myriad of species and that are symbolic of Scotland’s wild beauty.

If you’re new to the Trust and the places in our care, I envy you for the joy I’m sure you will have in discovering them, perhaps many for the first time, as a member.

The places may be very different but they all need one thing: care.

That's what you're helping us to give: our conservation work; the cleaning, cataloguing and display of hundreds of thousands of objects and works of art; the telling of the stories of those who went before us; the archaeological digs, which can reveal more of those stories; the tending of gardens with over 100,000 plant varieties; the restoration of buildings, peatlands and forestry; the building and repair of hundreds of miles of upland footpaths, without which our right to roam would be considerably curtailed.

All of this depends on you.

Your membership, every scone you buy from our cafés, every gift you buy from our shops, and every little bit extra you might be able to donate to the Trust’s fundraising appeals are what allows us to do all of these things.

So once again, thank you.

Your membership gives you special access to these places and means much more through the difference it makes in our ability to look after them.

I very much hope you will enjoy and experience the fabulous places it’s our privilege to care for, enjoy the work of our dedicated volunteers and staff, and stay with us for many years to come.

Do get in touch if there’s anything you would like to tell us about your experience, and welcome to the National Trust for Scotland.