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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.

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.

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.

Address to a Haggis

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

Scotch Drink

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

Scraps of the past – Violet Brodie’s photo albums: Part I

Follow in the footsteps of Violet Brodie by exploring her scrapbook photo albums.

The unicorn – Scotland’s national animal

In Scotland we’re known for our love of legends, from ghosts and witches to giant water monsters. But how did the magical unicorn become our national animal?

Introducing Violet Brodie: Part I – the Brodie Castle albums

Learn about the Morton team’s next project – a collection of photographic albums from Brodie Castle.

Introducing Violet Brodie: Part II – at home with the Brodies

Find out more about the fascinating albums compiled by Violet Brodie of Brodie Castle.

Introducing Violet Brodie: Part III – Violet’s last album

Read the final part in our series on the albums of Violet Brodie of Brodie Castle.

Here’s looking at loo, kid

Today is World Toilet Day and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to look at some of the classic cludgies around our properties. Here’s our top five:

Lady Aberdeen, the trailblazer of Haddo House

Exploring the stories of women and girls preserved in our historical collections in the north of Scotland.

Miss Fraser and Miss Bristow of Castle Fraser

Exploring the stories of women and girls preserved in our historical collections in the north of Scotland.

The forgotten artist of Drum Castle

Exploring the stories of women and girls preserved in our historical collections in the north of Scotland.

The deep clean

Some of our castles and country houses close to visitors for the winter, so our trained teams get to work cleaning and covering up their priceless collections. And then it’s time for bed ...

Whose histories?

At number 92 on our 100 Ways list we’re looking at the idea of authenticity in our historic houses and considering this with partners in the heritage field at a forthcoming conference.

Expert team tips

At number 90 on our 100 Ways list is our new Team Picks initiative: the people who know our places better than anyone – our volunteers and staff – highlight their favourite pieces, adding even more to the visitor experience.

Wise women create Inverewe audio experience

A bespoke audio experience to accompany a walk around Inverewe has been created as part of a new exhibition at the garden.

A family day out at Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle & Country Park is the perfect place to spend a day with the family.

Hidden interior design gems revealed at Holmwood

Holmwood in Cathcart – in the south of Glasgow – reopens to the public this week after a three-month project to re-create the property’s original stencilled paint schemes.

Top Scots musician releases ‘Centre of My World’ music video

Piper James Duncan Mackenzie releases the second music video from the ‘Solas’ soundtrack, celebrating the life of Margaret Fay Shaw.

John Lorne Campbell’s Canna Diaries

This article explores some of the contents of two sets of diaries compiled on Canna by John Lorne Campbell.

Aiming to surprise with art at Inverewe

At number 71 on our 100 Ways list is bringing bold, contemporary art to Wester Ross through surprising events and exhibitions at the Sawyer Gallery, Inverewe.