School visits

School visits are a great way to deliver Curriculum for Excellence through hands-on experiences encouraging discovery and exploration.

Choosing where to go

Most Trust places lend themselves to cross-curricular activity including art, drama and music as well as social studies, science and technology topics.

If you’re looking for inspiration, we have a list of topics and themes covered at Trust places. Each one offers unique opportunities for discovery and exploration.

Our properties are spread across Scotland, and you don’t necessarily have to travel far to begin exploring. Connections with local heritage and landscapes can be among the most valuable experiences for learners.

Booking a visit

Information on school visits, including tours, opening hours and availability, is available from individual properties or contact our Head Office for support by emailing learning@nts.org.uk.

Many of our most popular properties book up quickly, so you should book early to avoid disappointment. Please also make sure you book all visits, even if you are not using our staff. We need to know that your young people are at the property for safety reasons. You should also book coach or other transport parking to ensure there is space for you when you arrive.

Travel subsidies

Thanks to generous support from the Scottish Government, we are able to offer a transport subsidy to schools wishing to visit The Battle of Bannockburn, Culloden or Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. The subsidy covers 75% of transport costs, up to a maximum of £250.

Thanks to generous support from our Members’ Centres, our Buses for Bairns scheme can offer schools help towards travel costs to any Trust place. Schools can claim up to £100. This offer excludes visits to The Battle of Bannockburn, Culloden and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (see above).

Subsidies are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please apply in good time for the best chance of securing help before your school visit.

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Get in touch

Have you enjoyed a visit, created some inspiring work you’d like to share, or hit upon an idea of how we could improve our offer? Please do get in touch – we love to hear from schools. Contact us by email at learning@nts.org.uk or by post at Learning, National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF

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Preparing for your visit

Information on how to ensure your school visit runs smoothly

Topics and themes

Visits to our properties complement classroom work with hands-on experience, from guided walks and tours to opportunities to try out activities.

Educational membership

Educational membership of the National Trust for Scotland gives schools free unlimited entry to Trust places during term-time.