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For the Love of Scotland

A view looking down Glencoe in summer on a sunny day. The mountains are green, and white clouds streak across the sky.

We exist to protect everything that makes this country so special – our history, culture, landscapes, wildlife and our people.

Now, more than ever, it’s important we all care for the things that really matter.

With your support, we’ll continue to do all we can to preserve Scotland’s irreplaceable heritage, so that you can enjoy it once again when better days return.

And until then, we’ll still offer you ways to enjoy Scotland’s places at home.

We’re all in this together ... for the love of Scotland.

We’re all in this together

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For the love of Scotland | National Trust for Scotland

Love
That’s why you do what you’re doing.
Protecting the people and the places
That matter most to you.
Pulling together and working hard,
Even when times are harder
That’s love.
And we’ve been inspired by it since 1931.
We’re all in this together.
For the love of Scotland | National Trust for Scotland

Caring for the things that matter

We believe in protecting Scotland’s natural, built and cultural heritage and sharing our amazing places with everyone. Our heritage is the cornerstone of our culture, and Scotland is blessed with a wealth of stories, values, objects and landscapes that, over time, have been woven together to unite communities, forge traditions and nurture our unique national spirit.

Simply put, our work keeps this heritage safe.

Every day, our members, volunteers and staff help us to look after an astonishing variety of things.

  • We’re the proud guardians of over 300,000 precious artefacts, so they’ll still be here for future generations.
  • We look after 46 Munros, helping to protect rare species like ptarmigan and golden eagles, while also providing safe and sustainable access.
  • We’re custodians of 38 gardens27 castles and houses and 8 National Nature Reserves.
  • We care for miles and miles of coastline – home to over 1 million seabirds!
  • And we conserve 76,000 hectares of countryside, from Wester Ross to Ayrshire – that’s the size of over 100,000 football pitches.

We’re still working away behind the scenes, and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we safely can.

Discover and have fun

Our work extends far beyond what you see when you visit our places. Part of our mission is to support and promote Scotland’s heritage in every way possible, which includes telling the story of Scotland in new and exciting ways to people of all ages. We also work with communities and policymakers to increase our support, so that we can invest more in the things that matter.

And even though our doors are closed, we’re still doing vital work.

  • We’re sharing the stories of our places – from the pioneering people who’ve shaped Scotland’s history to the precious wildlife that’s so abundant on our land – in all kinds of ways, connecting people to their heritage.
  • With schools closed in the UK, the Morton Photography Project Team have created resources and activities, based on photos from our historical collections, for different age groups that cover a variety of subjects.
  • We’re providing lots of activities for people to engage with, including colouring books and bird-spotting guides sent exclusively to members via our e-newsletters. You can also sign up for these on our stay in touch page or by going to your My Trust account and choosing to receive news and updates to your inbox. 
  • We’re sharing galleries of our collections – every object in our care, from 90-year-old jars of jam to handwritten Burns manuscripts, brings us closer to Scotland’s story.
  • And we’re still looking after our buildings, our wildlife, our plants and everything else that we hold dear. Lots of our experts are hard at work, posting updates as they go!

And of course, we’re showing our thanks for the support we’re given and celebrating the work that your donations and memberships make possible.

How to get away from it all

As a balance to everything that’s going on, we want to give people a chance to unwind and have some fun, so we’ve created lots of lockdown-friendly content inspired by our places.

  • We launched our official Scottish Animal World Cup on 1 April, starting with 32 amazing animals (including some of the rare creatures we care for at our places) and calling on the public to vote for their favourites and help us crown our champion!
  • We’ve posted lots of lovely pictures to help people escape, both on our social channels and on our website, with galleries full of blossoming spring flowers and adorable baby versions of our wildlife Big 5.
  • We’ve written plenty of articles that offer a fascinating portal into the past (helpful when you want to take your mind off the present). Some of these feel especially relevant, such as a story about Crathes Castle that documents a different kind of social distancing, and a photo gallery of school days gone by that we’ve put together from our collections.
  • And we’re using social media to show our love for Scotland, sharing inspiring pictures of our places, funny stories about our collections, and, of course, all the cute dog snaps we can find!

There’s nothing more important than taking care of ourselves and the wellbeing of our family and friends. Wherever we can, we’re using our passion for Scotland to lift people’s spirits.

For the love of Scotland podcast

Hosted by former BBC Reporting Scotland anchor Jackie Bird, each episode will tell some of the thrilling stories behind the Trust’s people or places, showcasing how everything we do is for the love of Scotland.

Listen to Meet Derek Alexander – Scotland’s Indiana Jones



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Listen to Caring for Scotland's environment with Jeff Waddell

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Listen to Protecting Culloden Battlefield with Raoul Curtis-Machin

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Ways to support the Trust

There are lots of ways in which you can support us during the current crisis to ensure we can continue to protect all of the places you love in Scotland: