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12 Sep 2019

Expert team tips

Brodie Castle seen from the front drive on a sunny day
Brodie Castle
At number 90 on our 100 Ways list is our new Team Picks initiative, where the people who know our places better than anyone – our volunteers and staff – highlight their favourite pieces, adding even more to the visitor experience.

To help visitors get even more out of a visit to one of our beautiful places, we’ve been trialling a new initiative where we ask our expert teams to pick out their favourite features and let everyone know what it is they love about their property.

From important artworks to everyday objects, every member of our talented team of volunteers and staff has an opinion on what should not be missed!

A card placed in front of a painted pot. The card reads: I love this because it is unique, slightly out of shape after being fired in the kiln. I love the decoration too. Rachel, Tour Guide
Cards placed around properties highlight team members’ favourite pieces.

There’s often a great story behind it too, like at Brodie Castle where Julie the Housekeeper is the 3rd generation of her family to work at the castle. She’s selected a piece that has strong childhood memories for her.

A card placed on top of a wooden gong. It reads: I love this because I remember my Granny using it everyday to call Ninian 25th Brodie to lunch. Julie Armour, Head Housekeeper.
Julie Armour chose a gong, which her grandmother used to call the laird to lunch.

Thanks to this simple method of highlighting our collections, we’re celebrating the expertise of our teams all over the country, bringing our properties to life that little bit more and adding a personal touch to the visitor experience.

Keep an eye out for these cards on your next visit and share your own favourite finds on social media with the hashtag #ForTheLoveOfScotland.

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this For the Love of Scotland.

In Our Strategy for Protecting Scotland’s Heritage 2018–23, we set out how we’re planning to work towards our vision that Scotland’s heritage is valued by everyone and protected now, and for future generations.