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.
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:
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 complete digitization of John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Fay Shaw’s archives at Canna House. We also made significant grants toward the first phase of 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 purchase of grazing rights at Ben Lawers.
Funds from the Foundation will be used to complete digitization of John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Fay Shaw’s archives at Canna House. The recordings made by the couple between 1936 and 1969 captured vital elements of traditional Gaelic culture then still alive in Uist and Barra and on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The archive includes the first electrical recordings of Gaelic folksongs on Barra, featuring singers not recorded elsewhere. It was John’s express wish that the voices of the past should be preserved for future generations. Support for this initiative will help the Trust in its wider efforts to make the Campbells’ work and life known to wider national and international audiences.
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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.
As part of Project Reveal, the lead inventory officer of the Trust's archaeology collections is researching, sorting, and archiving the artifacts excavated or found at NTS sites to prepare them for future research and potential public display.
Lady Evelyn Kennedy, or also known by the title of Marchioness of Ailsa, owned one of the most interesting dressing cases found at Culzean Castle. Through Project Reveal we find out how ladies in the 19th century would get dressed with the aid of this wonderful case.