Saturday 15th December 2018
The National Trust for Scotland - a place for everyone.

Welcome to our programme of Scottish working holidays!

Woo hoo!  We’re excited to announce that you can now apply for a selection of our early season 2019 Working Holidays! 


Are you a keen hillwalker who’s up for the challenge of helping maintain the Trust’s mountain footpaths? Maybe you have a love of historic gardens? Perhaps you just like the idea of spending time outside and doing something worthwhile? No matter what your motivation, there are a great selection of projects to choose from.  So, what better time to join us for a conservation adventure in a special part of Scotland?


Information on our full 2019 programme will follow shortly - if you'd like to be automatically updated when it is launched, send an email to and we'll keep you informed!

A working holiday may sound like an odd idea, but you’d be surprised – the National Trust for Scotland’s Thistle and Trailblazer Camps offer more fun, excitement and achievement than you’d ever have on the average week off.  If you’re passionate about conservation, getting outdoors, or simply enjoy getting your hands dirty, then read on – you could make a real difference to Scotland’s natural heritage!

Our working holidays are residential projects based at National Trust for Scotland properties that help the NTS, Scotland’s leading conservation charity, to conserve and manage the historic locations under its care. Participants will live and work in some of Scotland’s most remarkable and remote places over a week or so of exciting and rewarding experiences. No prior experience is required for most of our camps, as work is always fully explained and techniques demonstrated. The camps are made up of eight to twelve volunteers of many ages and backgrounds. As a volunteer you’ll be sharing your accommodation, be it a basic bothy or a luxury farmhouse, with your fellow campers, chipping in on the communal tasks of cooking and cleaning.