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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.

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

We’re all in this together


For the love of Scotland | National Trust for Scotland

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 gardens, 27 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.

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.

Every day, all year round, we’re carrying out 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.
  • The Morton Photography Project Team have created resources and activities for different school age groups, based on photos from our historical collections 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 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 of course we’re still looking after our buildings, our wildlife, our plants and everything else that we hold dear. Our experts are hard at work, posting updates as they go!

And we like to show our thanks for the support we’re given and celebrate the work made possible by your donations and memberships.

How to get away from it all

We enjoy giving people a chance to unwind and have some fun, so we’ve created a rich diversity of content inspired by our places.

  • We ran our official Scottish Animal World Cup in 2020, 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 post lots of lovely pictures to help people escape and inspire their next visit, 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. Check out our Instagram page for a regular dose of beautiful photos!
  • We’ve written plenty of stories that offer a fascinating portal into our work. From behind-the-scenes glimpses into the work of the Crathes garden team to revealing the wider social stories told by objects in our collections, we like to keep you up to date with our discoveries.
  • 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 use our passion for Scotland to lift people’s spirits.

Ways to support the Trust

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