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4 Nov 2020

Membership: the perfect gift this Christmas

A family is playing among fallen autumn leaves underneath a tree. A grand castle is behind them.
Autumn fun at Brodie Castle
National Trust for Scotland membership is a meaningful gift that lets you share your love for Scotland with someone you care about. They get to visit our places for free and can look forward to a year of adventures!

Why membership makes the perfect Christmas gift

If you know someone who loves Scotland as much as you do, National Trust for Scotland membership is an ideal gift this Christmas. It’s what we call a ‘good gift’ – good for the soul, good for the environment, good for Scotland’s heritage, and a good way to send something special from the safety of your own home.

Here’s why we think membership makes a great Christmas gift:

  • It’s a truly meaningful present – a chance to show someone you love how much you care, and a gift that makes a real difference.
  • You can choose from individual memberships, couples’ memberships and family memberships – everyone enjoys the same great perks!
  • By buying a gift membership online you can avoid the shops and send the Welcome Pack direct to someone’s door.
  • If it’s after 16 December and too late to post something, you can send membership instantly via email (and they can use it straight away).
  • You can spread out the cost by paying as little as £4.50 per month.
  • With so many different places to visit, and so much to see and do across the country, they can start looking forward to next year!

Already got someone special in mind? Buy them membership today and you can rest easy knowing you’ll make their Christmas.

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A family of two adults and two children walk along a path in Glencoe with Buachaille Etive Mor in the background.
Exploring Glencoe

The benefits of membership

Whether you’re giving a young person their first membership, or treating a family to a year’s worth of adventures, every membership comes with the same great perks:

  • Free entry to all National Trust for Scotland places
  • Access to the other National Trust properties in the UK and worldwide
  • Free parking at National Trust for Scotland car parks
  • Our member magazine, e-newsletters and our Guide

And as the generous giver of this fantastic gift, you get to share your love for Scotland with someone else, while supporting the Trust and its crucial work at this difficult time. Every membership and donation pays for the work we do to protect Scotland’s iconic properties, gardens, collections and wild habitats – with a gift membership, everyone wins.

Two people are sitting on a bench in a woodland garden in autumn. There are fallen leaves on the grass and one tree is ablaze with red leaves, another has gold leaves.
The shrubbery at Brodie Castle

It’s the perfect Christmas gift for … anyone!

The amazing variety of places we care for means there’s something for everybody, from mountain climbers and wildlife spotters to history buffs and aspiring gardeners. We care for places in almost every corner of Scotland, so wherever you are there’s bound to be a Trust property within reach – a place to escape to, where you can experience history, culture and the peaceful beauty of the great outdoors.

From families to dog walkers to curious youngsters, when our doors are open, they’re open to everyone. That’s why we’ve got different types of memberships at different prices:

  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Young person
  • Joint adult
  • Joint senior
  • Family
  • One-adult family

Hear from other people about why they love being a member. And rest assured, whoever you give membership to, it’s sure to keep them busy throughout the year!

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Things to look forward to

Membership is the gift that keeps on giving, with access to all of our places, free of charge, all year round.


Close-up of a daffodil, with a mass planting of daffodils behind.
Daffodils in bloom at Threave

As the country starts dusting itself off after winter, our places come alive! There’s loads to do in spring, from spotting rare wildlife in the great outdoors to taking in the dazzling daffodil displays at Brodie and Threave, and enjoying blooming borders around our gardens. Enjoy picnics in the fresh air or rainy days spent exploring historic houses.

Things to do in spring


Two children on a walkway with rope netting at either side, in an adventure playground.
Wild Woodland at Culzean Country Park

Add some sun to their Christmas so they can think ahead to the summer. Family memberships are priceless in the school holidays, and there’s an endless list of things to do with little ones – they can hike, bike and cut loose in one of our awesome play parks at Culzean and Crathes. Of course, you don’t need children in tow to bag a Munro, explore a nature trail or make the most of the different events we have on in the summer months.

Things to do in summer


A fast-flowing river with large boulders in it, with trees in autumn colours on the bank. There is a round building in the background overlooking a waterfall.
The glorious colours of autumn at the Hermitage

Number one on our autumn list is heading to our woodland places. The changing colours of the Hermitage or Dollar Glen will take your breath away – and dogs love playing in the fallen leaves! It’s a super time of year to soak up some culture at our historic houses and castles, and we host lots of spooky Halloween events aimed at little monsters.

Things to do in autumn


A man and woman walking in snow in a woodland. The man is holding a small child.
Enjoying a wintry walk

Soon we’re back where we started, wrapping up warm and filling up flasks with something soothing. Lots of our places stay open through winter, whether you want to enjoy a frosty walk or discover a new fascinating part of Scotland’s history at Bannockburn or Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Our properties are a bit quieter in winter, so you’ll often have them all to yourself, and we host some great festive events, from carol-singing and wreath-making to visits from Santa.

Things to do in winter

Due to COVID-19 there are some visiting restrictions at our properties at the moment, but we’re keeping as many of our places open as we can and we’re keeping everyone updated.

Thank you for your support

By buying someone a gift membership this Christmas, you’re not only giving them access to all of our amazing places for free for a whole year, you’re also supporting our work to protect Scotland's precious heritage.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you and your loved ones at our places next year!

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