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13 Jun 2018

#LoveOnThe​LongestDay

The Battle of Bannockburn Rotunda at sunrise
On Thursday 21 June, we’re encouraging everyone to take part in a very exciting Trust project.

We want you to explore one of the Trust sites around Scotland and capture your love for Scotland by filming what you get up to on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.

We’ll look to use the footage you capture to create a very special film, which will be shown to the world on social media.

To have a starring role in the film is easier than you think. Simply film some footage using a phone, GoPro, camera, etc and then share what you capture with us. We’ll do the rest! And no, you don’t have to be a budding Spielberg – what’s most important is that you’re YOU.

What are we looking for exactly?


We want to see what your day looks like at various Trust sites around Scotland on Thursday 21 June. We’d like you to capture footage that shows us what you’re getting up to on the longest day of the year. It could be things like:

  • An early morning jog or dog walk before work
  • Preparing a picnic to take to a Trust place
  • Cycling with the family around one of the extensive grounds
  • Exploring one of the homes
  • Chatting to one of our many knowledgeable volunteers
  • Sketching some flowers in one of the gardens
  • Having the picnic you prepped earlier
  • Or just relaxing peacefully!

It’s really up to you. All we ask is that you submit at least one clip where you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you’re doing, or planning to do, on the longest day. You can upload up to ten clips of footage – again, it’s up to you. If you want to film different clips throughout the day, great, EVEN BETTER!

Up for it?

Fabulous! This IS exciting! As we said, this is for everyone to join in and share, so don’t worry about being all fancy pants. But here are some basic things to consider:

  • Try to keep the camera steady and don’t be afraid to hold on something for longer than seems necessary. Footage that’s constantly moving and looking up, down, left and right all in a few seconds can be a little disorientating.
  • Shoot landscape rather than portrait.
  • If possible, try to explain what you’re seeing or doing.
  • Be careful of background noises – don’t drown out your subject if they’re speaking to the camera.
  • Be mindful of strangers’ privacy.

How to share your footage

There are a number of ways you can share your footage with us:

  • You can upload footage onto your social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but please use the hashtag #LoveOnTheLongestDay so we can find it once you post it.
  • You can upload your footage to either YouTube or Vimeo and send us a link at bpageot@nts.org.uk.
  • Or if you prefer, you can very easily transfer your footage online using this link and following the simple instructions.

You can win a membership (or gift membership for those who are already members) for the best photos and videos submitted via our #LoveOnTheLongestDay hashtag or through the website, so get posting for a chance to win!