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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.

Wildlife spotter’s guide: Grey Mare’s Tail

Grey Mare’s Tail is one of the most spectacular landmarks in southern Scotland. As you venture through this hanging valley, a wealth of wildlife species are revealed.

Wildlife spotter’s guide: Inveresk Lodge Garden

A mixture of habitats, including a garden, woodland, a meadow and a pond, results in a wide variety of wildlife found in this pretty hillside garden.

A path to the past

Craigievar Castle was once adjoined by a lower enclosing wall, known in Scots as a barmkin. Our installation of new paving and interpretation panels help to tell the story of this ‘lost wall’.

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.

Burns Big Night In

Join us on Saturday 23 January as we take a cup of kindness in the company of friends for a celebration of Robert Burns and a showcase of Scottish talent.

Hogmanay in the Highlands

Find out more about the origins of our Hogmanay traditions and how this night may have been celebrated at Brodie Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

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 tale of two champions: the fight for freedom

In the second part of our blog, Regional Curator Sarah Beattie takes a closer look at the lives of Molineaux and his trainer, and their experiences as black boxers in Britain in the early 1800s.

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.

The past in the post – a special delivery from yesterday!

In this second post about Agnes Toward’s letters, we take a closer look to learn more about life in Glasgow during the early and mid-20th century.

New traditions for Christmas 2020

As we approach a Christmas that’ll be like no other, we turn to our collections for inspiration and invent some new traditions for 2020.

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.

Red squirrel success story at Inverewe

Inverewe is part of an exciting and highly successful red squirrel relocation project – find out more about the story so far.

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.

Scotland’s largest conservation charity welcomes decision on Culloden planning application

The National Trust for Scotland has welcomed last night’s unanimous decision by Highland Council to reject a bid to convert Treetop Equestrian Centre into a holiday complex.