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Revealing archaeology

During July, August and September 2018, a post-graduate student from Glasgow University completed a work placement with the National Trust for Scotland’s archaeologists.

Secrets of a Shrine (part 2)

Uncovering the mysteries of a 200-year-old monument to Robert Burns: symbolism in design

Secrets of a Shrine (part 1)

Uncovering the mysteries of a 200-year-old monument to Robert Burns: the origins

Culloden thanks local community this autumn

The National Trust for Scotland team at Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre are showing their appreciation to the local community with a special free entry day for local residents.

Culloden heather used to thatch Leanach Cottage

Heather collected from Culloden Moor is being used to re-thatch Leanach Cottage on the historic battlefield.

Hidden doorway revealed at Culzean caves

Trust archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a medieval doorway leading into the caves underneath Culzean Castle.

Public dig uncovers evidence of 17th-century attack at Castle Fraser

More than 400 folk dug into Aberdeenshire’s history this month with our public archaeology events.

Staffa shines with new archaeological discoveries

Trust dig discovers the first evidence of Bronze Age activity on Staffa.

Building a planning system that works for everyone

Number 15 in the Trust’s 100 Ways list is pushing for improvements to the planning system.

Planning Bill changes are ‘point of no return’ for Scotland’s heritage

The Trust has called on the Scottish Government to save Scotland’s heritage by overhauling the planning system in forthcoming legislation.

Thig comhla rium gu Uibhist a Deas

Thoiribh sùil air na seallaidhean a thug buaidh mòr air Margaret Fay Shaw (1903-2004).

Meet me in South Uist

Explore views of the island which first made photographer and folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw (1903–2004) fall in love with the Hebrides.

Project Reveal – One year on and 12 months of progress

To celebrate the first anniversary of Project Reveal, we’ve chosen a selection of images which illustrate the diverse range of objects in the Trust’s collections.

Photography on the Edge: Part 2

Photographs that returned to the mainland from St Kilda reinforced myths about its people and were used to market the island.

Photography on the edge: Part 1

Photographs of St Kilda in the Trust collections reveal tourists hungry to ‘experience’ the ‘primitive’ life of the islanders.

No mod cons at Moirlanich

Moirlanich Longhouse offers visitors a unique window into a former way of life in rural Perthshire.

The photographic archive of Margaret Fay Shaw

Margaret Fay Shaw (1903–2004) dedicated her life to the preservation of the Gaelic language, and the lives and customs of the people of the Hebrides.

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.