National Trust for Scotland
The National Trust for Scotland is the Scottish equivalent of the English National Trust. Like the National trust, the NTS is a heritage conservation charity responsile for preserving properties of historical and architectural importance for future generations. The range of properties under the care of the NTS is quite diverse, ranging from cottages to castle, industrial heritage sites such as Lanark Mills, and birthplaces of famous Scots like Robbie Burns.
The Trust looks after over 200,000 acres of countryside, among including mountains and moorlands, farmland, foresst, coastlines, waterfalls, and islands. As a member you gain free entry into more than 100 Scottish properties and receive a guidebook with details of all the properties. In addition, the NTS has recipriocal agreements with other heritage organisations in Britain, meaning that you can get free entry to National Trust properties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The NTS also has similar arrangements with heritage organisations around the world, allowing you to gain free or discounted entry to famous sites while on holiday abroad.
Other membership Benefits include:
- Free car parking at The National Trust for Scotland sites (you'll need to display your membership sticker on your car windscreen)
- A copy of the annual `Guide to properties` listing all our NTS properties, with full travel directions and opening times
- 3 issues each year of the NTS magazine `Scotland in Trust`
- Enjoy the fellowship of meeting with other members in local Members' Centre or Friends' Group (small additional fee necessary).
There are local groups across Scotland, plus one in Cambridge and one in London. Each local members group offers programmes of talks and group outings. For full contact information on your nearest group, email your name and postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Add to that the nice warm glow that comes with knowing that you are helping to preserve Scotland's heritage for future generations!
To join, contact the membership department of the National Trust for Scotland at
The National Trust for Scotland
5 Cultins Road
Telephone: +44(0)844 493 210
Fax: +44(0)844 493 2102
From the USA (toll free) 1866 211 7573
The NTS also operate their own accommodation booking service.
Note that membership in the National Trust also gives you the reciprocal right to attraction entry at NTS properties.
Americans TAKE NOTE
The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is an American-based charity aiming to raise the profile of the National Trust for Scotland throughout the US. As well as raising money and awareness of the NTS and Scotland generally, the NTSUSA has a very good value membership which gives you free access to NTS properties when visiting Scotland.