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Make the most of the many sites National Trust for Scotland has to offer this summer

By Ali Morrison

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THE National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is offering visitors the opportunity to spend summer exploring nature, beauty and heritage, with a different site to discover each day and fun-packed activities to try.

Members of the conservation charity can visit its 129 sites for as little as £5.25 for adults and £9.80 per month for families, equating to just 17p or 32p per day, making it a great value option while contributing towards the conservation of Scottish heritage.

NTS chief executive, Philip Long OBE, is looking forward to welcoming visitors and helping them to make the most of a summer free of travel restrictions and lockdowns.

He said: “Whether attending one of our creative events, enjoying an engaging historical tour or taking part in an adventure activity, there are lots of ways to enjoy Scotland. With so many of our beautiful places, spread all over the country, visitors could explore a different one every day of the summer holidays and still have more to discover.”

From paddling and kayaking at Kintail, to conquering Ben Lomond, whirling through the Wild Wood at Crathes Castle, going down the rabbit hole at Brodie Castle’s Playful Garden, minding your ‘P’s and ‘Q’s at Robert Smail’s Printing Works, or drinking in the breath-taking views at Glencoe National Nature Reserve, summer fun abounds with NTS.

The trust has launched an initiative with Young Scot which offers anyone aged 11-25 with a Young Scot national entitlement card the chance to visit NTS properties for just £1.

Expert staff are on hand at NTS sites to answer questions.

There are no shortage of breath-taking views to discover and gardens to enjoy. Explore the beautifully designed Inverewe Garden in Poolewe as well as hike up the wild mountainsides of West Affric, home to black grouse and golden eagles.

NTS also holds a wealth of stories and objects which have been passed down through the centuries at some of Scotland’s most notable historical homes. At the Glencoe National Nature Reserve, visitors can explore a recreation of a traditional 17th century turf house created using traditional materials and techniques and showing how people used to live in the area.

The Heartbreak Productions play is being performed outside Brodie Castle on Saturday, July 30.
The Heartbreak Productions play is being performed outside Brodie Castle on Saturday, July 30.

And the trust is also hosting a programme of events throughout the summer, including: ‘Much Ado About Murder’ by Heartbreak Productions performed outdoors at Brodie Castle on July 30 and Brodie Castle Summer Festival from August 12-14 with everything from yarn and crafts to food, live music and dance.

NTS membership can be purchased via www.nts.org.uk.

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