Place information for teachers

We have created an at-a-glance information pack for each Trust place that offers school visits.​​

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Alloa Tower teacher information

Alloa Tower was built around 1497 and retains rare and important medieval features, notably the timber roof structure and the stone vaulting.

Balmacara Estate teacher information

Balmacara Estate (2,550 hectares) is a diverse Highland crofting estate.

Barry Mill teacher information

Barry Mill is a water-driven mill that is still in working order. Pupils can see and hear the water wheel and mill machines at work.

Battle of Bannockburn teacher information

In June 1314 the history of Scotland as a nation was about to change forever.

Ben Lawers teacher information

​Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in the central Highlands at 1,214m as well as a National Nature Reserve.

Ben Lomond teacher information

Ben Lomond, situated on the east shore of Loch Lomond, is probably Scotland’s most visited mountain and, at 974m, is its most southerly Munro.

Brodick Castle & Country Park teacher information

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park stretches from the shores of Brodick Bay to Goat Fell, the highest peak on Arran.

Brodie Castle teacher information

​Brodie Castle stands on land that has belonged to the Brodie family for at least 800 years. Generations of the family left their mark on their home.

Broughton House & Garden teacher information

Broughton House was the home of renowned Scottish artist E A Hornel, a member of the ‘Glasgow Boys’ group of artists.

Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate teacher information

Castle Fraser, one of the magnificent castles of Mar, was begun around 1575 by Michael Fraser, 6th Laird, and incorporates earlier building.

Crarae Garden teacher information

Crarae is the finest example of an exotic Himalayan-style woodland garden in Britain.

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate teacher information

Crathes Castle is a fine example of a 16th-century tower house. It has remarkable painted ceilings and vernacular furniture, as well as collections of family portraits.

Culloden teacher information

Culloden Battlefield is the site of the last major pitched battle fought on British soil. Here, on 16 April 1746, two armies clashed in a final confrontation over the thrones of Britain.

Culross teacher information

​Your pupils can relive domestic life in the Stuart period at the Royal Burgh of Culross, situated on the banks of the River Forth.

Culzean Castle & Country Park teacher information

Culzean Castle & Country Park is a major heritage site, situated on the Ayrshire coast 50 miles south of Glasgow.

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate teacher information

Drum Castle is one of Royal Deeside’s most beautiful castles and the oldest intact castle in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

Falkland Palace & Garden teacher information

Falkland Palace was a country residence of the Stuart kings and queens. The palace was used as a lodge when the royal family hunted deer and wild boar in the forests of Fife.

The Georgian House teacher information

The Georgian House, in Edinburgh’s New Town, is set in a fine Georgian square. The house, built in 1796, was designed by Robert Adam – the foremost architect of the day – and is a wonderful example of late 18th-century classical architecture.

Glencoe teacher information

Glencoe is well known for its breathtaking landscape, but there’s much more to be discovered in its hidden corners.

Greenbank Garden teacher information

Greenbank Garden is a 2.5acre walled garden which has been divided into many small plots demonstrating various horticultural styles. The whole space is effectively an outdoor classroom.

Haddo House teacher information

The site of Haddo House has been continuously occupied by the same branch of the Gordon family since the 15th century.

Harmony Garden teacher information

Harmony is a garden of abundance. The vegetable garden demonstrates traditional growing techniques, while the mixed flower borders are skilfully laid out to provide an aesthetic frame for the grand Georgian house.

The Hill House teacher information

The Hill House is considered to be the finest example of domestic architecture by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and, as such, is a major landmark within the history of architecture.

Holmwood teacher information

Built in 1857-8, Holmwood has been described as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s finest domestic design.

Hugh Miller’s Birthplace teacher information

Largely self-taught, Hugh Miller became a renowned scientist through his study of fossils, during the early Victorian period. He was also an important collector of folklore and a profuse writer of stories, books and newspaper articles.

Inveresk Lodge Garden teacher information

Inveresk Lodge Garden is an attractive, terraced hillside garden surrounding a 17th-century lodge house. There is a small mixed woodland area to one side of the meadow and a pond (with dipping platform) which adds to the variety of wildlife here.

Inverewe teacher information

Inverewe is set on a peninsula on the shores of Loch Ewe, within the Wester Ross National Scenic Area. It is renowned for its exotic plants which flourish here on a latitude that is more northerly than Moscow.

J M Barrie’s Birthplace teacher information

J M Barrie, writer and creator of Peter Pan, was born at 9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir in 1860. He lived there until he was 10 years old.

Killiecrankie teacher information

The Pass of Killiecrankie is a spectacular, deep river gorge cloaked in ancient woodland and flanked on the west by the River Garry. The Battle of Killiecrankie (part of the first Jacobite rising) took place nearby in 1689.

Kintail teacher information

Kintail is a beautiful stretch of West Highland landscape, which includes the Five Sisters of Kintail (designated a National Scenic Area) and the Falls of Glomach (one of the highest waterfalls in Britain).

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate teacher information

Leith Hall was built over three centuries, starting in 1650, and was the home of the Leith-Hay family. The views are wonderful from the extensive garden and estate.

Mar Lodge Estate teacher information

Mar Lodge Estate is recognised as one of the most important nature conservation landscapes in the British Isles. Set within the Cairngorms National Park, and with 15 Munros within its boundaries, it has some of the most remote and scenic wild land in Scotland.

Moirlanich Longhouse teacher information

Moirlanich Longhouse is a rare survivor of the Scottish longhouse, in which a family and their livestock lived under one roof. It dates from the early to mid-19th century.

Newhailes House & Gardens teacher information

Newhailes is an important example of a late 17th-century house (with impressive 18th-century additions) set within a designed landscape.

Pollok House teacher information

Built in 1752 and set amid attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland in the heart of Glasgow, Pollok House is an elegant country mansion – an excellent example of Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot teacher information

​Preston Mill is one of the oldest water-driven meal mills in Scotland. There has been a mill on this site for centuries.

Priorwood Garden teacher information

​Priorwood Garden has a fine orchard, woodland garden, herb garden and flower borders. Harmony and Priorwood Gardens are 300 metres from each other, and a class can visit both gardens within half a day.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum teacher information

The best place to get close to Robert Burns and his genius is his birthplace in the beautiful village of Alloway.

Robert Smail’s Printing Works teacher information

Robert Smail’s Printing Works is a working time capsule. It offers an insight into the Victorian period of industrial, educational and technological change and is one of the few remaining letterpress printers in the UK.

The Tenement House teacher information

The Tenement House offers a fascinating insight into the life of an ordinary Glasgow citizen at the beginning of the 20th century, when most people in Glasgow – from the wealthy to the very poor – lived in tenements.

Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace teacher information

This unassuming white-painted cottage was built by Thomas Carlyle’s father and uncle – both stonemasons – and is a simple gem of Scottish 18th-century vernacular architecture.

Threave Garden & Estate and Rockcliffe teacher information

Threave's wonderful garden and wider estate are a haven for wildlife all year round. Rockcliffe is one of Scotland's prettiest coastal nature reserves.

Weaver’s Cottage teacher information

This traditional Kilbarchan cottage gives an insight into life before the Industrial Revolution. The 200-year-old loom is still used to weave tartans today.