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A place for heritage

The National Trust for Scotland was founded in 1931 to harness the energies of the people of Scotland in helping conserve our places of historic interest and natural beauty. We have since grown to be Scotland’s largest conservation movement and membership organisation, with more than 320,000 members. We now own and manage129 visited properties on behalf of the nation and oversee a further 400 Conservation Agreements.

Our staff, volunteers and members provide public benefit by conserving, providing access and supporting learning and enjoyment.  From the time of our foundation, we have always taken a wider interest in how well Scotland as a whole manages to conserve and enjoy our common heritage.