National Trust for Scotland
Delve deeper into Scotland’s heritage at its many great estates and castles.

After seeing Scotland’s magnificent heritage and landscapes in all their glory on screen in Disney•Pixar’s Brave, the National Trust for Scotland provides countless opportunities to enjoy them for yourself.


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Life in the royal castle is not always to Merida’s liking and is often restrictive to her free spirit. Why not discover what royal life was like for yourself at National Trust for Scotland properties and see if you agree with Merida? History buffs should not miss Falkland Palace in Fife, a former residence of another fiery red-head, Mary Queen of Scots.

Crathes Castle, AberdeenshireThe royal family, the Stuarts, used Falkland as a lodge when hunting deer and wild boar in the forests of Fife and you really can imagine what 16th century life was like in this country retreat when you visit. In the north east, the stories of Crathes Castle and Drum Castle go back to the time of Robert the Bruce.

At Crathes, he presented the Burnett family with their badge of office, the Horn of Leys, where it is still on display in the High Hall. Scotland’s families and clans have connections with many Trust sites, including Brodie Castle, home of the Brodie family for over 800 years, and Castle Fraser, which was completed in 1636. On the Isle of Arran, Brodick Castle was the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton. 

Several infamous events, linked to Scotland’s clans, have a connection with sites owned by the Trust, including Glencoe, site of the Massacre in 1692, the Glenfinnan Monument, which commemorates the start of the Jacobite uprising in 1745 and Culloden, where that campaign ended with the Battle of Culloden in April 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie’s troops were crushed by government troops.

Glencoe, Highlands (c) David Robertson/National Trust for Scotland

Many areas of outstanding beauty are also cared for by the Trust including the magnificent Mar Lodge Estate, home to a vast array of wildlife, the Five Sisters of Kintail and Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve. There are woodland walks to explore at Killiecrankie and the Hermitage and wonderful views of the spectacular waterfall at Grey Mare’s Tail, near Moffat.

The Old Leanach Cottage, Culloden, Highlands (c) Bartek D.Artwinski/National Trust for Scotland

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