A group of adults enjoy a tour around a grand house.

Adult learning

Opportunities for adult learning in the National Trust for Scotland are varied and cover many different interests.

You can attend talks, events and workshops – or join a guided walk at many of our places. Check our Things To Do pages for some great ideas.

You can also volunteer to work in Trust houses, gardens or wild countryside places. To discuss a work placement, as part of your professional development, please contact the appropriate team with full details of your background and requirements. For more information, visit our Volunteering pages.

This website is filled with interesting articles about how we protect Scotland’s built and natural heritage. Take a look at our Property pages and Stories page to learn more about our special places, collections and recent conservation work.

Since 1931 we’ve been telling the stories of some of Scotland’s most iconic historical places. Thanks to historical documents held at some of our places, we know that National Trust for Scotland places are enormously significant in the story of the creation of modern Scotland. We’ve put together some fact files and articles about key events, people and places that have shaped modern Scotland.


A view of the exterior of Burns Cottage, a single-storey long cottage with white stone walls and a thatched roof. A road passes directly in front of it. The sky is a bright blue behind.

Famous Scots

We’ve picked out a few notable men and women from Scottish history, whose stories are highlighted at Trust places around the country.

A reenactment photo of a group of Jacobite soldiers, charging across a foggy moor. They hold targes and swords.

The Jacobites

Find out about the Jacobite cause, one of the most important periods in Scottish history.

Leanach Cottage stands on Culloden Moor on a sunny day with blue skies.

The history of Scotland

This handy timeline offers a bird’s-eye view of Scottish history, from the first people to the Age of Enlightenment, right up to the modern day.