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Now is the time for pine

The climate emergency and loss of biodiversity give added reason and urgency to restore the Caledonian pinewoods at Mar Lodge Estate.

Tasting the ‘water of life’

To celebrate World Whisky Day on Saturday 15 May, we explore what early illicit whisky might have tasted like and look at some of the items associated with whisky in our collections.

A day in the life of a servant

In Georgian Edinburgh, while the families of the grand New Town houses slept soundly in their beds, below stairs the servants would be busy preparing for an arduous day’s work ahead.

Exploring the depths of Inverewe’s underwater garden

The underwater world around Inverewe Garden is just as interesting and remarkable as the above-water garden. A new exhibition in the Summerhouse tells us more.

Costume and colour

The third in our series A Student’s View takes us on a journey into a painting to discover how clothing can tell a story.

Introducing: ‘I love this place’

Fall in love with our places all over again when you watch our new film.

New partnership between Smail’s and Paper Tiger

Robert Smail’s, our traditional Borders-based printing press, has been employed to create a brand new range of cards to mark the 40th birthday of a specialist Scottish stationer.

Threave Gardening Show returns

Threave Gardening Show is back for 2021 with a new approach, from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 June.

Culzean Castle before Robert Adam

Remains of the medieval castle at Culzean are recorded in a series of sketches and an estate map.

It’s in our nature

We’re delighted to announce that Naked Wines has partnered with us to support the vital conservation work at our NNRs in 2021.

William Douglas-Hamilton (1845–95), 12th Duke of Hamilton

In her penultimate blog of the series exploring the lives of the Hamilton family at Brodick Castle, Curator Sarah Beattie takes a look at William, 12th Duke of Hamilton.

Facing Our Past: Leith Hall’s Tale of Two Duels

As part of a blog series for our Facing Our Past project, we take a look at the Leith family and their links to the Caribbean island of St Vincent.

Brilliant volunteers at Threave

Working with volunteers is very rewarding, and it’s a fantastic way to meet a diverse range of people.

A day in the life of a ... Visitor Services Supervisor

We meet Taylah Egbers from the Hill House for a behind-the-scenes glance at the important role she plays in caring for our special places.

The Hill House café

Our café is a warm and welcoming space in the recently constructed Box, offering a range of delicious sweet and savoury products seven days a week.

Bride and joy!

One for Downton Abbey fans, Antonia (Curator for Edinburgh & East) explains how these newlyweds connect Newhailes and the ‘real’ Downton.

The National Trust for Scotland’s St Kilda archives

Archivist Ian Riches gives a flavour of just some of the hundreds of documents and photos we look after relating to St Kilda.

Making a difference – our proposals for Scotland 2021–26

Read the National Trust for Scotland’s manifesto for the upcoming elections for the Scottish Parliament.

I remember that he remembered: family history stories from Culloden

We are sharing some stories about Culloden that have been unearthed by some of our supporters from around the world.

The Great Eight at Culloden

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Operations Manager at Culloden, tells us about some of his favourite things to look for at the property.

Kegs, cases and jars: a moving tale

Once distilled, whisky had to be moved or stored. There was a marked difference in this process between the legal and illicit trade.

A heritage response to a contemporary pathogen

How the team at Arduaine are tackling the complex felling operations of removing almost 900 trees in this beautiful west coast garden.

The insect life of Creag an Lochain

At Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, Creag an Lochain has an outstanding flora which supports an abundance of insect life.

Trust gardens – from the ground up

We take expert care of many of Scotland’s most beautiful and important gardens so the whole nation can enjoy them.