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Digitising the islands

Throughout 2018–19, the National Trust for Scotland is undertaking the digitisation and documentation of the Margaret Fay Shaw photographic archive.

A long read

On the longest day one might want to have a go at reading one of the longest pieces of ancient writing in Scotland. It might take you all day though!

The St Kilda Diaries: reflections on St Kilda

This is the transcript of a talk Alice gave to a YWCA group after she left St Kilda in which she reflects upon the time she spent on the islands.

The St Kilda Diaries: 1 to 10 May 1909

Extracts and transcripts from the handwritten diaries of Alice MacLachlan

‘Let Da Stons Spaek!’

Learn more about the Viking and Iron Age archaeology on Unst, Britain’s most northerly island.

The St Kilda Diaries: 15 to 30 April 1909

Extracts and transcripts from the handwritten diaries of Alice MacLachlan.

The St Kilda Diaries: 1 to 14 April 1909

Extracts and transcripts from the handwritten diaries of Alice MacLachlan.

The St Kilda Diaries: 15 to 31 March 1909

Extracts and transcripts from the handwritten diaries of Alice MacLachlan.

Delving into history at Culloden

Travel writer Robin McKelvie took his family to experience the Battle of Culloden

The Orangery renovation at Culzean

The Orangery at Culzean is currently being renovated and will re-open in time for Easter 2018.

A blast from the past

Project Reveal Team South West have been exploring the history behind some of Culzean’s most-photographed artefacts.

The St Kilda Diaries: 1 to 14 March 1909

Extracts and transcripts from the handwritten diaries of Alice MacLachlan

Discovering Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

From the gory victory at Killiecrankie in 1689 to the bloody defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, learn about the Jacobites and their ill-fated campaigns to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British throne.

Travels with a Kilt – ‘My favourite Trust places’

Travel blogger Neil Robertson tells us about his top 5 Trust places.

The ghosts of Culzean Castle

An introduction to some spirits.

Exploring Culzean Castle: The Life of Scipio Kennedy (Part 8)

Follow the story of Scipio Kennedy and his life at Culzean Castle (Part 8 – The end of Scipio’s life and how to reflect upon it)

Exploring Culzean Castle: The Life of Scipio Kennedy (Part 7)

Follow the story of Scipio Kennedy and his journey to Culzean Castle (Part 7 – Scipio’s later life – weaving, smuggling and a house of his own)

Memories of Zeppelin Sunday

The Project Reveal South West Team get a closer look at an aircraft propeller that left a mark on modern history.

Beatrice Sharp of Hill of Tarvit

Recent research has shown that Beatrice Sharp was a driving force behind the design of Hill of Tarvit Mansion.

Exploring Culzean Castle: The Life of Scipio Kennedy (Part 6)

Continue the story of Scipio Kennedy and his journey to Culzean Castle (Part 6 – Scipio's journey into fatherhood)

Exploring Culzean Castle: The Life of Scipio Kennedy (Part 5)

Continue the story of Scipio Kennedy and his journey to Culzean Castle (Part 5 – Scipio becomes a married man)

The ‘upstairs, downstairs’ life 

Discover the 'upstairs, downstairs' life at Pollok house.

Exploring Culzean Castle: The Life of Scipio Kennedy (Part 4)

Follow the story of Scipio Kennedy and his journey to Culzean Castle (Part 4 – Scipio’s manumission)

Revealing our collections

Over the next 18 months we will share behind-the-scenes insights on the progress of our collections inventory project with you.