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 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.
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.
Image: National Trust for Scotland
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.