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The Lorimer archives

This is a brief overview of the Lorimer archive collection held at Kellie Castle.

The first Burns Supper

Five years after he died, nine of Robert Burns’s close friends got together to remember him. They didn’t know it at the time, but this was the first Burns Supper.

What links Scotland’s National Bard to Bob Dylan?

Find out more about the connections between Robert Burns and one of America’s most famous songwriters.

Redeveloping the Great Garden at Pitmedden

Working with the landscape architect and Beechgrove Garden presenter Chris Beardshaw, we’re reinterpreting the classic parterre garden for the modern world.

The Great Eight at Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Susan Mills, Head Education Guide at Brodick Castle, tells us about some of her favourite things to look out for at the property.

Many of our places are still open

Here’s our guide to which of our places are open, helping you make the most of the shorter days.

Welcoming back the ghost of the moor

In 2016, hen harriers returned to breed on Mar Lodge Estate for the first time in living memory.

A Georgian House Christmas

Did you know that in the late 18th and early 19th century Christmas was celebrated for a full month? Discover how Christmas might have been celebrated at the Georgian House.

Margaret Fay Shaw’s first Christmas in Britain in 1920

Folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw, from Pittsburgh and Canna, describes her first British Christmas in London, on holiday from school in Helensburgh.

A Canna Christmas

Join Canna archivist Fiona Mackenzie at her fireside in Canna House for a special insight into Christmas in the Hebrides.

Top 6 fairytale castle weddings

If you’ve always dreamed of being a prince or princess for the day, then the National Trust for Scotland’s collection of castles provide the ultimate fairytale setting.

Collections Diaries – Princess Marie’s Napoleonic coins and medals at Brodick Castle

Discover how we’re protecting and promoting an internationally important collection of coins and medals from Brodick Castle, previously owned by Princess Marie of Baden.

‘The night before Christmas’ at Crathes Castle

Join Santa Claus for a bedtime story this Christmas Eve as he reads from Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire.

A special message from Santa at Brodie Castle

We weren’t able to see as many of you this year as we usually do, so we recorded this special message from Santa at Brodie Castle for you. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope to see you back at Brodie Castle before too long.

The holly collection at Threave Garden

Often associated with Christmas, there’s a lot more to discover about holly.

An Edwardian Christmas at the Hill House

The Trust’s team at the Hill House have carried out some research into how the Blackie family would have celebrated Christmas in Helensburgh.

High Water at Glasgow Bridge

In conjunction with our Facing Our Past project, a unique clock at Pollok House provides a clue to the 18th-century commercial interests of the Maxwell family.

St Abb’s Head seal colony welcomes record number of pups

A record number of seal pups have been recorded by our rangers at St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve during the annual breeding season.

Pioneering Spirit: Illicit whisky stills at Mar Lodge Estate

In partnership with The Glenlivet, the National Trust for Scotland has begun investigating the scale and impact of illicit whisky production in Scotland, commencing with survey work at Mar Lodge Estate.

Looking out for Scotland’s trees

With increasing threats to Scottish tree health, the National Trust for Scotland has teamed up with Observatree to help spot problems early.

Written in the stars

Explore the astrological signs through objects from our historical collections!

The past in the post

Agnes Toward, of the Tenement House, held onto many letters throughout her life, from which we can learn about bygone eras.

What’s Up with Hornel

An exhibition at Edinburgh City Art Centre called E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas is very interesting and doesn’t take long to see.

Wildlife spotter’s guide: The Hermitage

An enchanting forest, magical waterfalls and breathtaking views all make a visit here spectacular – but the Hermitage is also teeming with wildlife all year round!