Visitor FAQ

We want everyone to have a great experience at National Trust for Scotland places. To help plan your visit, here are some of the questions that we frequently get asked by visitors.

Can I take pictures?

You can take as many pictures as you like, for personal purpose, out in the grounds at all our places. Don’t forget to share them with us on social media!

We are also pleased to say that you can take pictures inside these properties: Alloa Tower, Bachelors’ Club, The Battle of Bannockburn, Barry Mill, Broughton House, Canna, Culzean Castle, Drum Castle, Glencoe, Hill of Tarvit, Holmwood, House of Dun (except Aberdeen Art Gallery loans), Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum (except Miller House Museum), Inverewe, Leith Hall, Mar Lodge Estate, Moirlanich Longhouse, Robert Smail’s Printing Works, Souter Johnnie’s Cottage, the Tenement House, the Georgian House and Weaver’s Cottage.

Due to loan conditions or security considerations, internal photography at other properties is only allowed if the property manager agrees. To keep our collections safe, we never allow tripods, selfie sticks or flash photography.

Commercial photographers should contact the Trust’s Filming Manager to arrange visits, using our contact form.

Does my National Trust for Scotland membership give me access to National Trust places?

Yes. A National Trust for Scotland membership opens up a whole world of heritage for members to explore. We have reciprocal membership agreements with similar organisations around the globe, granting Trust members free or concessionary entry. Learn more about what you can explore with your membership.

What concessions are available to non-member visitors?

Children of 18 and under, accompanied by an adult; senior citizens; NUS students; Young Scot/Euro 26 card holders; unemployed people.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are part of the family and we know many people like to bring them on a day out. We love to have dogs at our properties – we do ask that they are kept under proper control, and that their owners clean up after them.

There are some areas where dogs can’t go (unless they are assistance dogs) including buildings that are open to the public, walled gardens, most cafés and restaurants, and shops. Please check with staff if you are unsure. Dogs (including assistance dogs) are not allowed on St Kilda.

Out in the countryside where there is livestock, dogs must be kept on a short lead or under close control to keep everyone safe. For more information please visit the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.

I have a disability – will I be able to visit?

Everyone is welcome at Trust places. We know that many historic places and the countryside can present difficulties for people with accessibility requirements. We are constantly reviewing our facilities to ensure that all of our visitors can enjoy them. We recommend contacting the place you are planning to visit in advance for detailed access arrangements. 

Visitors with accessibility requirements are not charged a different admission price and any necessary companion is admitted free. We welcome all assistance dogs.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We would love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what is good and where we need to do better.

I’m hoping to see a specific item or display – will it be on loan?

The Trust does loan items to other exhibitions or venues from time to time. When we do, we try our best to do this when most of our places are closed. If you’re planning a visit to see a specific item, we suggest contacting the place you’re going to visit to check if it is being loaned out from its usual home.

Can I hold my wedding, party or corporate event at a Trust place?

Yes. The Trust hosts hundreds of events every year, from small, intimate weddings and parties to half-marathons with hundreds of participants. If you are interested in using a Trust location as a venue, contact the property manager early in the planning process, to discuss details and to help your event run smoothly.

If you are planning an indoor event, our historic buildings are a great choice and you can see them on our Hire a Venue website. Our team will work with you to create your perfect event, and guide you through any considerations of using an historic location.

If you are planning an outdoor event at a Trust location, or a large-scale event that passes through Trust land, please contact the relevant Trust place as soon as possible.

For outdoor events, we need to know: how many people would be attending; whether the relevant licences have been secured from the local authority; whether you plan to put up any temporary structures (parking, signs, toilets, etc); and information about your health and safety provision and insurance cover. Once we have this information, we’ll be able to decide whether we can host your event and whether there will be a charge.

As an apolitical charity, we do not permit any political events, whatever their purpose.

Can I use a metal detector on your land?

We only allow metal detecting when the activity is part of a programme agreed and managed by our Archaeology team. We do run regular events involving the public in digs and other research work.

Can I scatter my relative’s ashes at their favourite spot?

We understand that many people are very attached to certain special places and may request that their ashes are scattered there after death. Please contact the relevant Trust place in the first instance. Staff will be able to suggest locations and help you choose a suitable time, particularly at busy locations, when there will be fewer visitors around. Ashes cannot be buried at Trust places and we respectfully ask that you do not leave any permanent memorials or flowers wrapped in paper or cellophane, plastic wreathes or any other materials.

Can I remember a loved one by installing a bench or cairn?

We do not normally allow permanent memorials like plaques, benches or cairns at Trust places. If you would like to create a permanent memorial for a relative or friend, you may like to think about leaving a donation in their name to the Trust. All those that are remembered or celebrated in this way are recorded in our In Memoriam book held at Head Office. You may wish to consider contributing to a project at their favourite Trust place and you can contact the place for a list of projects which you could support. For more information on making a donation in this way, please contact the Fundraising team using our contact form.

Can I fly a drone at Trust places?

Before flying drones or unmanned aerial vehicles, you will need permission from the manager of the relevant Trust place. We also ask that you have the appropriate public liability insurance in place before making the approach.  

The Civil Aviation Authority have issued guidance on drone safety more generally, which can be accessed on the Drone Safe website.

Professional users should contact the Trust’s Filming Manager to arrange visits using filming@nts.org.uk.