Independent and politically neutral

The National Trust for Scotland is a charity – we’re not part of government nor do we have an allegiance to any political party.

Our 380,000-strong membership is larger than any political party in Scotland and our members together represent all political points of view and none.

Our role is to speak up for Scotland’s historic, cultural, natural and beautiful places and we’ll do so without fear or favour. We speak for the rights of people yet unborn to inherit, enjoy and learn from these places.

98% of our funding comes from our members and the generous donors and benefactors who support us. We’re reliant on no vested interests to ensure Scotland’s heritage endures.

Statement of political neutrality

The National Trust for Scotland is a legally constituted charity independent of government. The Trust was established to further its charitable purposes, which are for the public benefit. The Trust is independent of all political parties and will not participate in any activity which furthers the interests of any political organisation or secures or opposes a change in the law for political purposes. No Trustee or employee of the National Trust for Scotland may in this capacity express political views or offer support for any political party, candidate or politician. 

The Trust reserves the right to organise and carry out campaigning activity, including bringing influence and pressure to bear on government, Ministers, politicians and political parties, or to offer support for specific policies, if this serves our charitable purposes.  In such circumstances we will always comply with charity law, civil and criminal laws and codes of conduct as they apply in addition to our fiduciary duties.