At Regatta we're proud to be the Official Outdoor Clothing Charity Partner to the National Trust for Scotland. The National Trust for Scotland provides so many amazing days out, tit's the perfect way to explore the great outdoors!
Why not give the gift of membership to a loved this Christmas? With individual membership typically £64.80 and family membership typically £114.60, it's a gift that will keep on giving all year long and also includes access to National Trust properties. Gift membership comes presented beautifully and even includes a free pair of binoculars (for you or them). Further info>
As you'd expect there's lots to explore over the winter period - here's our pick of what's on:
National Trust properties are famed for their beautiful gardens - perfect for a leisurely stroll and there are often wilder woodlands to explore around the fringes too. But they're not just for spring and summer; certain gardens really come into their own at this time of year. Many have been designed to put on a show of winter colour, texture and fragrance. From bright winter berries to late flowering shrubs, everything looks wonderful with a dusting of winter frost, and as winter begins to fade, look out for swathes of snowdrops peeking through. Find a winter garden.
Likewise, there's plenty of wildlife to be seen in the winter months too. From red squirrels to red deer and wild cats to ospreys, peregrine falcons and even sea eagles, keep your eyes peeled for furry and feathered friends at this wonderful locations. Make sure you've got the camera at the ready! Find a wildlife walk.
If there's one thing we all enjoy after a long walk it's some hearty food. There are a host of festive food events and seasonal menus going on across National Trust for Scotland properties. Check them out here.
EVENTS AT NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND
- Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December: Brodie Castle
Santa will be visiting Brodie Castle, so come along and meet his reindeer.
Earthtime will also be here with a trail around the grounds to collect natural items to make Christmas crafts.
There will be storytelling in a colourful bell tent and there will be a campfire to get cosy around where marshmallows will be toasted.
- Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December: Crathes Castle
A visit to Father Christmas adds that little bit of magic to the festive period. The jolly man himself will be visiting Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate this year with his helpful elves.
Visit the 16th Century tower house with your littles ones and meet the man himself in the cosy Great Hall. Santa will be sure to reward those who have stayed off the naughty list!
- Saturday 6th Jan: Culzean Castle
Children leave your adults behind and join the rangers for a morning of fun. Follow the clues and discover the different signs of Winter around the park.
Meet at the Home Farm at 10.00am
- Saturday 6th Jan: Culzean Castle
ECOS (Environmental, Conservation and Outdoor Skills) is a club for teenagers from 12-17 years.
Join the rangers for a session making bird boxes which will then be hung around the park for our many resident feathered friends.
Meet at Home Farm Time: 13.00 - 1500
- Saturday 13th Jan: Royal Burgh of Culross
Winter colds and ailments can take their toll on our health and beauty. If you'd rather glow and flourish throughout the season, this workshop is your antidote to gloom.
Natural preparations for hair, skin and general good health as well as plant nutrition and medicinal herbs, will introduce the pathway to keeping bonny and well in winter.
Venue: Bessie's Bothy above Bessie's cafe, Culross.
Attending any of these great places or events this winter?
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