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Gifts in Wills

By including a gift in your Will, you’ll be building a lasting legacy and helping to ensure that the places you treasure are protected for generations to come.

Protect the places you love most

The magnificent landscapes, buildings and gardens in the care of the National Trust for Scotland today are the places and spaces where memories are made and special moments are shared.

Ancient castles and story-rich collections, winding footpaths and adventurous trails, beautiful gardens and our amazing wild spaces – they all offer an escape from everyday life. By including a gift to the National Trust for Scotland in your Will, you’ll be helping to ensure these places remain protected for everyone to experience, explore and enjoy, for many generations to come.

Every gift to our charity, no matter the size, will help us to continue our vital conservation work all across Scotland and will ensure that others can continue to share moments, memories and adventures across the places in our care.

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“When it came to writing my Will, I considered what had made an impact on me during my lifetime and what I cared about most – and I decided to leave a gift to the Trust. I love Scotland and want these magnificent places to remain protected and cared for. My hope is that my gift will allow future generations to make their own happy memories there, just as I have had the privilege of doing.”
Elaine
National Trust for Scotland Life Member and legacy supporter

If you’re interested in supporting our charity with a gift in your Will, please let us know via our online form.

Protect the places you love

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What I love most about the National Trust for Scotland is our incredible diversity in the heritage that we're looking after,
from the mountains and natural heritage of our upland properties to the beautiful gardens and art collections all across the country.
It's an incredible diversity that we're really proud to look after.


I like to feel that we're doing something important; I genuinely believe our work's important.
We live in very strange and sometimes frightening times.
Our climate is changing and I think the Trust has an opportunity to make a real difference.


We continue to invest in conservation and really invest in young people.
It's the young people that are our future generation and they're the ones that are going to be looking after these properties once we're gone.


I love the Trust for many reasons, one of which is really the wide range, the variety of properties, of history and heritage, and environments that they cover.
Whatever you have a passion for, you will definitely find at least one, if not many more, opportunities to go and visit them within the National Trust for Scotland.


Our work is so important because our places mean so much to so many different people.
It's about preserving what we have for future generations, and supporting us in this work is a real way to make a long-term difference.


There is a special way that you can help to protect the magnificent places and spaces that we care for.
Gifts in Wills help us to protect the historical buildings, landscapes, gardens, collections and wildlife in our care.
We wouldn't be able to continue all our vital conservation work across Scotland without the generous support of those who leave us a gift in their Will.
If and when the time is right, please consider remembering the National Trust for Scotland with a gift in your Will, and help us to protect these special places for generations to come.


To find out more about leaving the National Trust for Scotland a gift in your Will and to download your free Gifts in Wills guide, visit nts.org.uk/gifts-in-wills


Or you can contact us by emailing legacy@nts.org.uk

Why are gifts in Wills so important to our charity?

As Scotland’s largest conservation charity, we are proud to care for and protect over 100 historic buildings, 39 major gardens, 76,000 hectares of countryside, over 300,000 precious objects, 8 National Nature Reserves and 46 Munros. These places help to tell Scotland’s stories.

Every day, gifts in Wills enable our countryside teams, conservators, rangers, archivists and gardeners to carry out their vital work. In fact, 10p of every £1 that we spend on protecting the places in our care comes from gifts in Wills. Without the foresight and generous support of those who include a gift in their Will to the Trust, we simply wouldn’t be able to continue all our conservation work.

If you’d like to find out more about supporting our work with a gift in your Will, please download our ‘Gifts in Wills guide’.

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Download our free Gifts in Wills guide to find out more about leaving a gift to the National Trust for Scotland in your Will.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to speak to someone about leaving a gift in your Will to the Trust, or if you have any questions at all, please contact our Fundraising team by calling 0131 458 0430 or by emailing legacy@nts.org.uk

If you are a solicitor or executor, please contact our Legacy Administration team by calling 07842 225939 or emailing legacy@nts.org.uk

If you’ve already decided to include a gift in your Will to the National Trust for Scotland, thank you so much for your support. By letting us know about your gift, you can help us to better plan for the future and also enable us to express our thanks to you, demonstrate how your gift will make a difference to our work and invite you to exclusive events and talks.

Details you may need

Charity name: National Trust for Scotland
Charity number:
SC 007410
Charity address:
Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF

A view of a garden, filled with colourful flower beds and lush green shrubs and trees. On the lawn area, some patio tables and chairs are set out for tearoom visitors.

Our promise to you

We are deeply grateful for each and every gift that we receive, and we recognise that the decision to include a gift to the National Trust for Scotland in your Will is one that requires consideration.

This is our promise to those who choose to support our charity in this meaningful and impactful way.

  1. We will always treat you, your family, next of kin and executors with care, respect and sensitivity.
  2. We will not pressure you into supporting our charity with a gift in your Will and we recognise this is a personal decision for you to make in your own time.
  3. We respect that your loved ones come first when writing your Will.
  4. We will do our best to help in any way we can, but we will never offer legal advice or seek to replace proper legal guidance.
  5. We would love to hear from you if you would like to let us know that you have included a gift to our charity in your Will, but you do not need to tell us. We would like to thank you but understand you may wish to keep your decision private during your lifetime.
  6. We will only keep in touch with you about your gift should you wish. You can change your communication preferences at any time.
  7. We understand that circumstances may change over time and will understand if you need to remove your gift to our charity from your Will at any time.
  8. As with all donations, we promise to use your gift carefully and wisely to ensure that your gift can make the most impact.
  9. If you intend your gift to be used in a particular way through a ‘wish’, we will always do our best to ensure its use is in keeping with your wishes.

We are here for you if you require any further information or have any questions.

Email us: legacy@nts.org.uk
Call us:
0131 458 0430