Bank Holiday and Summer Fun with the National Trust for Scotland

We are proud to be the official outdoor clothing charity partner to the National Trust for Scotland. We provide the Trust with Regatta jackets & fleeces for all their 4000 staff and volunteers, keeping them warm and dry as they go about their work. With over 330,000 members, the charity protects everything from castles to historic sites, with over 130 properties and 180,000 acres of land – which makes us a perfect partner, as we love the outdoors too!

So if you’re stuck for something to do this May Bank Holiday, why not visit one of their amazing sites? NTS has a variety of locations where you can enjoy fun-filled activities in the great outdoors. And with our new spring/summer range out online and in-store, even in some selected NTS shops, you’ll be sure to find whatever gear you need for your spring/summer adventures.

The question is, what sort of adventure will it be?

Craigievar Castle in Spring, Near Alford, Grampian Region, Scotland

Family Friendly Walks
There are lots of manageable walks for little ones across the NTS estates – many of which you can extend or cut short depending on the mood of the group!

Killiecrankie
Whether you’re into stunning woodland, rare wildlife or a spot of gory Jacobite history, Killiecrankie has it all. Choose the wildlife or the battle trail; because there are multiple routes to choose from, each can take as little as 10 minutes or up to an hour. Don’t miss Soldier’s Leap, the spot where a Redcoat soldier leapt 18ft across the raging River Garry, fleeing the Jacobites.

Linn of Tummel
In the heart of ‘Big Tree Country’ in Highland Perthshire, where the calm river Garry and the fast-flowing river Tummel feed into Loch Faskally, enjoy a 3 mile circular stroll that takes in all of the amazing views this woodland area has to offer. Walk across the suspension bridge over the Tummel, take in the vistas from the bridge over the Garry, and keep an eye out for red squirrels, otters, kingfishers or even a pine marten.

Dollar Glen
Explore the network of woodland walks and waterfalls in the shadow of the Ochil Hills. Look out for the rich array of birds and animals that can be found here, including foraging brown long-eared bats, pied flycatchers, and green and great spotted woodpeckers.

 

Go Island hopping

Iona
Surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, Iona is also filled with history. Visit the burial places of early Scottish kings, including Macbeth, and soak in the calm and tranquil atmosphere and special quality of light found here. Stay over night and watch the sun set and the stars come out.

Staffa
Summer is the perfect time to visit Staffa. Famed for its hexagonal volcanic rock columns and Fingal’s cave, the island is also home to a colony of playful puffins who may even come right up to you if you sit patiently.

Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay
These islands are completely uninhabited, making their spectacular cliffs a haven for birdlife. However, you can explore the abandoned ‘ghost village’ on Mingulay, all that is left of a once-thriving community who farmed, fished and hunted seabirds. On the journey to the islands you may be lucky enough to see dolphins or a basking shark.


Magical Gardens

Threave Garden & Estate
There’s so much to see and do at Threave. Explore the family-friendly Discovery Garden, take in the enchanting sounds of the various cascades and water features and hunt for the secret garden! Ring a bell to take a short ferry ride to explore the ruins of Threave castle. Or visit in the evening to look for bats in the UK’s only bat reserve.

Pitmedden Garden
Originally laid out in 1675, then recreated by the NTS in the 50s based on original 17th century plans. A formal walled garden with fountains, topiary and sundials, fragrant herb, jasmine and honeysuckle gardens, an orchard with over 200 fruit trees, all bordered by woodland – what better place for the kids to run around and explore? Don’t miss the musical festival towards the end of May.

Inverewe Garden
Judging by the huge variety of species from across the globe grown here, aided by the effects of the Gulf Stream, you could be forgiven for thinking you weren’t in Scotland at Inverewe! Framed by mountains and two lochs the estate is also home to Scotland's most iconic wildlife, including red deer, eagles, otters and seals.


Imposing Castles

Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate
One of Scotland’s largest tower houses, Castle Fraser boasts a host of unusual features that are perfect for exploring, including hidden trapdoors, secret staircases and a spy hole! Younger visitors will love to explore the Woodland Secrets adventure playground, featuring wooden sculptures, a bamboo snake walk, tepees, a tree hut and a giant xylophone.

The Royal Burgh of Culross
Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries - a picturesque village often used as a film and television location. Wander along the charming cobbled streets and explore Culross Palace, with its tiny rooms, connecting passageways, painted ceilings and reconstructed period garden.

Craigievar Castle
One glimpse of this fairytale pink castle and you can see why it’s said to be the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella Castle. On the inside, it’s packed with an impressive collection of historical armour and weapons history. Take an authentic tour of the castle, with no artificial lighting, explore the gardens and woodland trails, or stay in a holiday cottage with a castle view.

You can check the NTS website for opening times, availability and memberships, and don’t forget to head over to our website for all your outdoor clothing needs!

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