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20 Aug 2018

Wholly healthy happiness

A close-up shot of lots of pairs of trainer-ed feet running along a gravel path.
Our places are perfect venues for moving about and getting fitter – from marathons and obstacle courses to a simple walk in the park.

With miles and miles of gardens, woodland, coastline, mountains and wide open countryside, there’s plenty of space to get active with the Trust. Every day, people come to explore our places, enjoying the fresh air, the scenery and maybe even getting a bit of exercise too. We’ve all read about the health benefits exercise brings to people and it’s great to know we’re playing a part in that.

We don’t just provide the place for these activities though – we also offer the opportunity to try out new physical challenges and get active by running events that tempt folk to pull on their trainers …

We’re excited to welcome a brand new event to Castle Fraser – the Gung Ho! 5K. On 1 September 2018, participants will bounce, jump and run round a 5km course that involves 10 huge inflatable obstacles and ends with a slide into foam. It’s definitely different, lots of fun and a great way to get active.

Lots of people in running gear try to run up a large inflatable obstacle.
Gung Ho! takes place at Castle Fraser on 1 September 2018.

For the more serious runner, the PIM Half Marathon at Crathes Castle takes place just a couple of weeks later, on 15 September 2018. This is a really popular event in the Aberdeenshire running calendar and places are going fast, so don’t hang about to sign up. It’s a relatively flat course, so there’s a good chance of getting a personal best (if the pretty Aberdeenshire scenery doesn’t distract too much).

“Events like this help us to fulfil our objective to provide opportunities for everyone to experience and value Scotland’s heritage – an important part of our strategy.”

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this for the Love of Scotland.

In Our Strategy for Protecting Scotland’s Heritage 2018–23, we set out how we’re planning to work towards our vision that Scotland’s heritage is valued by everyone and protected now, and for future generations.

Our Strategy

Our new strategy – Nature, Beauty & Heritage for Everyone – provides a framework for the future of the National Trust for Scotland as we look towards our centenary in 2031.