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Scotland is a country absolutely filled with history, from castles and battlefields to gardens and wildlife with much of it under the care and protection of the National Trust for Scotland.
Currently, the National Trust for Scotland looks after over 100 places in Scotland of cultural and historical significance, all of which can be visited with a membership option or on a pay-as-you-go basis.
We were recently lucky enough to be gifted a joint membership for the both of us for a year, which we of course are absolutely delighted with.
Gifting memberships with the National Trust is something that we didn’t actually know that you could do until we received one.
It’s such a unique gift that it should be something that everyone should consider if they know someone who lives in Scotland or visits regularly.
We’ve visited plenty of NTS locations before like St Kilda, House of Dun and a few of the local Aberdeenshire castles, but we’ve already added somewhere new to our list that we checked out as soon as we got our membership pack through and that was The Tenement House in Glasgow which we’ll be writing all about soon.
One of the things that I’m most impressed about with the National Trust gifted membership is the fact that it’s a gift that lasts an entire year. Who wouldn’t absolutely love that?
That’s obviously not the only benefit though. Some of the others include:
- An NTS magazine subscription
- Exclusive events including talks, activities and behind-the-scenes looks at the conservation work in action.
- Worldwide access – The membership doesn’t just grant you access to locations in Scotland, but also in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Italy, Ireland, Canada and Australia as well as much more.
This to me, makes it one of the most unique gifts that you could potentially give someone for either a birthday or for Christmas (which is just around the corner if you’re stuck for ideas).
About the memberships
National Trust memberships come in a variety of options to suit both you and potentially those that would be receiving the gifted membership.
Those include the following:
- Young Person
- Joint Adult
- Joint Senior
- Two-adult family
- One-adult family
With prices starting at £4.65 a month, we cannot believe that we haven’t actually joined sooner given that in Aberdeen alone, there are eight different venues that we could visit as many times as we wanted.
Even just the car parking that’s included in the membership means that we can go and spend as long on the grounds, or doing the walks around the estates as we wish.
If you’re considering a slightly different gift for someone this year, but still haven’t found anything then this may be perfect for you.