Topics and themes

This list offers a guide to Trust places that support teaching and learning on popular themes. In addition, most of our sites also support cross-curricular activities including art, drama and music, which may be built into your visit.


A group of people stand around an illuminated table with a map of the battle of Bannockburn. The walls behind them are lit by red and orange panels.

The Wars of Independence

The East Range ruins stand in the Falkland Palace gardens, casting long shadows across the lawn.

Mary, Queen of Scots/The Stuarts/Scotland in the 1500s

A narrow street runs uphill between 17th-century town houses. Most are two-storey and painted white or yellow. Some have pantiled roofs. A set of external stone steps leads up to a door of the house in the foreground.

Merchants/Burghs/Scotland in the 1600s

Men dressed as Jacobite soldiers run across a battlefield, holding shields and swords.

The Jacobites

Alloa Tower (1715)
(Battle of Glen Shiel 1719)

A display of weapons is mounted on a wall, with a military drum shown in the foreground. The display is made up of many swords, mounted in a circle to give a wheel effect.

World War II

Famous Scots

Expressive arts

Exterior view of the Hill House from the garden on a sunny day


Alloa Tower (tower house)
Castle Fraser
(tower house)
Crathes Castle
(tower house)
Culzean Castle & Country Park
(Robert Adam)
Drum Castle
(tower house)
Haddo House
(William Adam)
The Hill House
(Charles Rennie Mackintosh)
(Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson)
Newhailes House
The Tenement House
(tenement living)

E A Hornel's artwork on display in Broughton House Studio

Art and design

Broughton House (Glasgow Boys; Hornel)
The Georgian House
(portrait collection)
The Hill House
(Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh; Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

A fragment of a manuscript for Burns’s ’Auld Lang Syne’, written in his handwriting. The bottom right corner has been torn.


Culloden (Gaelic)
J M Barrie’s Birthplace
Moirlanich Longhouse
(Gaelic songs and storytelling)
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Science – Planet Earth – Biodiversity & Interdependence

(these visits are led by Trust rangers)


Farm machinery on display in the Museum of Farming Life. Pictured is a blue plough with a large red-spoked wheel.


National Museum of Rural Life (managed by National Museums Scotland)
Pitmedden Garden
(Museum of Farming Life)