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A pink turreted castle straight out of a fairy tale. The battlefield where Robert the Bruce defeated the English over seven centuries ago. A remote island that is home to millions of seabirds. The humble thatched cottage that was the birthplace of poet Robert Burns.

The National Trust for Scotland safeguards over 125 unique and beloved places that tell the story of this magical country. Here in America, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is your key to experiencing and preserving Scotland’s rich culture and heritage.

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It costs the National Trust for Scotland $75 each minute to conserve the extraordinary historic sites, gardens, and landscapes in its care. On this side of the Atlantic, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA makes it easy for Americans to help protect Scotland’s rich cultural heritage and unspoiled natural resources via tax-deductible donations. We are actively raising funds for the following urgent conservation priorities:

Grants to Scotland

Since 2000, we have granted more than $8.5 million in funding to help the National Trust for Scotland conserve Scottish heritage. Recently, we were proud to underwrite the restoration of the walled kitchen garden at Culzean Castle—a project made possible through the generosity of NTSUSA Trustee Kennedy Richardson, whose ancestors built Culzean, and NTSUSA members and donors across the country who contributed to his matching challenge. We also made significant grants to create a new garden and wildlife area at Burns Cottage in the Ayrshire countryside; continued an important peat restoration project at Ben Lomond; and invested in the digitization of historic Gaelic recordings on the Isle of Canna.

Grants to Scotland

Inside the Walled Garden at Culzean

Walled Kitchen Garden at Culzean Castle

During the summer of 2016, the Foundation was challenged to raise $45,000 by the end of the year to support the restoration of the Walled Garden at Culzean Castle & Country Park. The successful campaign was matched dollar-for-dollar by NTSUSA Treasurer Kennedy Richardson – whose ancestors built Culzean – allowing the National Trust for Scotland to move forward with its plans to restore the landscape as a fully functioning 19th-century kitchen garden. The vibrant space will produce fruit, vegetables, and cut flowers for use on the estate and for sale to visitors, and the garden will be transformed into a lively place for learning about heritage horticulture for audiences of all ages.

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Peat Restoration at Ben Lomond

Rising from the east shore of Loch Lomond to a height of 3,193ft (974m), Ben Lomond offers exhilarating walking and views across the loch and the Trossachs National Park. Ben Lomond is one of Scotland’s most popular summits, attracting over 30,000 walkers and mountaineers every year. The Foundation granted funding to support the maintenance of peat bogs at the property. The importance of the habitats and wildlife supported by blanket peat bog is widely recognized. Keeping peat bogs healthy and wet is a key element of sustainable land use management within the wider strategy of combating climate change.

The Latest

Souter Johnnie: the Man Behind the Legend

24 April 2018

While working at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, Project Reveal Team South-West explore the life and work of an 18th-century shoemaker.

A Celebration of Scotland's Treasures

20 March 2018

Join us for a festive evening of Scottish music, dining, and dancing celebrating the conservation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic Hill House and the architect’s 150th birthday.

Project Reveal: Six Months of Progress

27 February 2018

Read all about the progress of the Project Reveal teams, who have been busy cataloguing and photographing Trust collections for the past six months.

Let the Fan Do the Talking: Flirting in the Victorian Era

13 February 2018

Learn how woman found ways to discreetly communicate in the Victorian era in this Project Reveal blog post from the South West team during their work at Culzean Castle.

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