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Save Our Scotland

Fundraising Update

Recently, many of our members and friends have rallied behind the effort to Save Our Scotland – an international appeal to help the National Trust for Scotland recover from financial losses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic (read on to learn more about the impact this has had on our work). In just a few short weeks, over 130 gifts have poured through our inbox, and we are truly humbled by this tremendous response.

Now, Scottish Heritage USA, our American partners in protecting all that we love about Scotland, has raised the bar with a matching challenge. If we can raise $20,000 by August 31st, they will match all gifts dollar for dollar, making your donation have twice the impact.

I am proud that caring individuals across the United States and United Kingdom are coming together to raise an ambitious $3 million in emergency funding for the Trust. As we approach the finish line, Scottish Heritage USA’s matching challenge will give us the momentum we need to successfully reach our goal from American donors. There has never been a more important time to support our work, and we are grateful to Scottish Heritage USA for recognizing the urgency of this appeal.

– Kirstin Bridier, NTSUSA’s executive director

Save Our Scotland

The nation’s most loved places are at risk.

Please help us Save Our Scotland today.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the National Trust for Scotland’s work. Closure of our historic sites was vital to the safety of members, visitors, and staff, but the financial cost has been devastating. This year, the Trust is expected to lose over $35 million in earned income. Admission fees, group tours, vacation rentals, special events, and cafe and shop sales all raise vital funds that go toward protecting Scotland’s cultural heritage: both natural and architectural. Their loss has left us facing a true financial crisis.

The future of everything we do is under threat. We’re asking for the support of our members, and all Americans who love Scotland, to help survive this crisis.

As NTSUSA marks its 20th anniversary this year, and the National Trust for Scotland approaches its 90th, we are in a unique position as the Trust’s closest supporters to provide critical help. The Trust has launched an SOS appeal in the UK – a request to all who love Scottish heritage to Save Our Scotland. Here in America, we are doing the same. Read on to learn how your gift today, in any amount, will make a difference.

Please, if you can, help us Save Our Scotland by clicking the link below to donate.

What do you see when you think of Scotland?

Perhaps it’s the sweeping vistas of the Highlands or the fairy tale castles of Aberdeenshire. Is it the red squirrel in the Caledonian pine forest of Mar Lodge Estate or the puffins of St Kilda? It is likely that the National Trust for Scotland looks after something that represents Scotland for you.

Without the Trust, much of Scotland’s heritage – our shared heritage – is threatened.

The Trust is tasked with protecting historic buildings and iconic landscapes across the nation, from Shetland to Dumfries & Galloway. For Americans of Scottish descent, this includes much of our ancestral homelands.

The Trust’s work encompasses so much of what makes Scotland special – from grand cliff-side estates to the humble cottage where Robert Burns was born, from archaeological sites to Scotland’s countryside along with all the wildlife that lives there. The resources and energy required to keep these places protected is constant. Maintenance tasks like window repairs, guttering, and repointing walls help keep our buildings weatherproof and the precious collections inside them protected.

The Trust looks after nearly 200,000 acres of countryside encompassing 46 Munros, over 400 islands and islets, and 8 National Nature Reserves. This includes iconic sites such as Glencoe, where ongoing trail maintenance ensures that walkers can enjoy mountains like the Three Sisters without leaving scars on the landscape.

But these green spaces are not only for us to enjoy – they are internationally important natural habitats. Our countryside may look wild, but behind the scenes carefully managed habitats protect the plants and animals that live there.

The Trust’s conservation work is happening across Scotland – from the Cairngorms to Glen Rosa on the Isle of Arran to Torridon in the Highlands. We share our knowledge with other conservation organizations and together are working to ensure our nature is protected. The loss of the Trust could set this work back decades, and the impact on Scotland’s nature across the country would be devastating.

Historic buildings and heritage sites could also be at risk from developers. The Battle of Culloden is probably one of the best-known events in Scottish history, and we care for a large portion of the battlefield. However, other areas of the battlefield outside our protection have been sold for residential development – and we’re constantly fighting these decisions and lobbying for better protection for heritage sites. Without the Trust, irreplaceable sites like Culloden could be put in jeopardy.

We need your help to ensure the places that tell Scotland’s story are protected now so they can continue to inspire future generations.

More Ways to Help Save Our Scotland

Cycling Across America

Save Our Scotland Challenge

George Russell is gearing up to cycle across America from San Diego, California to Saint Augustine, Florida to raise funds for the National Trust for Scotland. A dedicated US-based Trust supporter based in Colorado, George will begin his 3,000 mile bike ride across America on August 26th. He aims to complete his challenge in just 50 days and is hoping to raise £100,000 ($125,000) in donations for the nonprofit. Americans can support his incredible challenge by donating via our Fundly page.

Limited Edition SOS Tartan

by Prickly Thistle

Bespoke Highland tartan designer and creator, Prickly Thistle has teamed up with the National Trust for Scotland to create a bespoke tartan in support of the conservation charity’s emergency fundraising appeal.

The Save Our Scotland tartan, which has been officially listed by the Scottish Register of Tartans, comes in two limited edition color palettes that represent the Trust’s past and future. Only 2,020 meters of bespoke tartan will ever be woven and all profits will go to the Save Our Scotland appeal. Don’t delay in placing your order!

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