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Building history with Glencoe turf house

Thistle Campers can help build replica turf house in Glencoe this summer.

Birthday bash in Boston – violin leads the celebration of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA

The Gregg violin takes centre stage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA in its home town of Boston.

Wrestler pays special visit to Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

On a rare visit home from the United States, WWE superstar and local hero, Drew McIntyre, enjoyed a visit to Alloway ahead of Burns Night.

Don’t Risk It! – protecting our plants and gardens

Protecting our plants and trees for future generations.

Violin lessons in Boston

The Gregg violin visits North Bennett Street School in Boston – a leading centre for craft skills in the USA.

Chicago Scots greet Gregg violin

The Gregg violin was played in Chicago for the first time during a musical celebration of Robert Burns, arranged by Rachel Barton Pine, and hosted by the Chicago Scots.

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Find out about one of the first signs of spring during the Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

A Man's A Man For A' That

Written in 1795, this is one of Burns’s last works. It has become a firm favourite in Scotland, and was sung at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Warm welcome in New York for Gregg violin

The Gregg violin gets a warm welcome in sub-zero New York at two events organised by the Burns Society of New York and the American Scottish Foundation.

Through the eyes of: St Abb’s Head’s first Trust ranger

In 2020 we’re running a series of blogs from people associated with St Abb’s Head NNR. To begin, Stephen Warman describes his experience as the first Trust ranger there.

My luve is like a red, red rose

Said to be Bob Dylan’s greatest inspiration, this little poem is one of Scotland’s most loved songs.

To a Mouse

One of his best-known earlier poems, Robert Burns wrote this in 1785 whilst working as a farmer (it’s been said he literally wrote it in the field). It appeared the following year in ‘Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect’.

Epic USA trip begins for Burns violin

David Hopes, the Trust’s Head of Collections & Interiors, embarks on a tour of the USA with the Burns violin.

Scottish food traditions

With our rich rivers and seas, and fertile fields, Scotland has been blessed with great produce. And while some of our culinary traditions date back thousands of years, other Scottish food and drink trends are just getting started ...

Burns violin brings sound of Scotland to US

A violin with links to Robert Burns is going on a tour of the US this January.

Chief Executive confirms retirement plans

Chief Executive Simon Skinner is retiring in May 2020.

Tam o’ Shanter

This epic poem about witches and ghouls is a fantastic celebration of Burns’s hometown of Alloway, and demonstrates his love of the traditional tales he was told as a child.

Blooming gorgeous – winter aconite

This is the first of our Blooming Gorgeous instalments of the year, to celebrate St Abb’s Head NNR’s 40th Trust anniversary! Up first is a wintry little sprite known by the name of winter aconite.

Surf and turf: uniting our actions on land with saving our seas

New for 2020 on our 100 Ways list, our marine policy is published as the Year of Coasts & Waters gets underway.

Creature feature – mute swan

This is the first in our series of articles for 2020, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Trust acquiring St Abb’s Head.

Address to a Haggis

This ode to Scotland’s national dish forms a key part of many Burns Suppers.

Funding secured for Corrieshalloch Gorge gateway

Gorge plans get £900k funding from Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Scotch Drink

Burns’s love of whisky has become almost as famous as his works!

Making a declaration on Angus heritage

At the top of our 100 Ways list for 2020, we’re planning to retell the story of Angus and Scotland in an ambitious new project at House of Dun, near Montrose.