Independent and politically neutral

The National Trust for Scotland is an independent charity – we’re not part of government and we don’t have any allegiances to political parties.

We protect and conserve some of the most important historic and beautiful places in the country, along with collections of cultural and artistic treasures. Because we’re independent, we have the freedom to speak up for Scotland’s heritage without fear or favour.

We generate most of our funding ourselves thanks to the valued and generous support of our members and donors. This enables us to ensure the places and collections we care for can be enjoyed now and by future generations.

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.