Posts Tagged ‘ National Trust for Scotland ’

Going for a walk

Mar 22nd, 2020 | By

One opportunity widely available to us is to venture into our parks, (although some are closed) open-air spaces and gardens whcih are beginning to burst with new growth.

Saturday snippets: 15th October 2016

Oct 15th, 2016 | By
panoramic view of Newcastle

Why an aeroplane cabin door is on Shoreditch High Street is one of the things Adrian mentions this week along with Newcastle-Gateshead success and the end of refurbishment at the Glenfinnan Monument.

Saturday snipppets: 14th March 2015

Mar 14th, 2015 | By
Trabant - not smelly or noisy

A new island, a re-opened castle and a re-modelled car are amongst the news stories that captured Adrian’s attention this week.

Don’t mess with heritage

Oct 7th, 2011 | By

The announcement that the National trust had reached four million members was the cause for much comment on TV and the newspapers. Most of that was based on wondering whether the organisation was still full of crusty do-gooders or whether its modern approach to allowing people to touch things was a bit too “popular” and trendy.

Understanding Scottish Tourism

Oct 6th, 2010 | By

I confess I am perplexed.
Scotland has a strong image to attract tourists. It has history, a unique culture, heritage, scenery, a tremendous success in the Edinburgh Festival, empty roads for the most part in the highlands and yet the industry constantly seems in ferment. The National Trust for Scotland had had a difficult couple of years and I’m not sure members believe it any good at organising or running much at all. Visit Scotland has seen of its long term chief executive with a handsome payoff and some of its paymasters are grumbling about the results they have had back from their work. Small groups of individuals are banding together into their own promotion groups unhindered by the larger bodies and funded, more often than not, only by themselves. Now Deloittes have come up with a thought that Scotland has woefully under-calculated the value of tourism to the Scottish economy.

National Trust for Scotland: What’s Going On?

Sep 19th, 2009 | By

Membership of the National Trust for Scotland has reached an all time high of 315,000, me included. Their report says that members contributed 10 million pounds and they received another 4 million in charitable donations. Yet still they have cut 26 full time jobs, 46 seasonal ones whilst 4 sites would close.

Closing for the Scottish Homecoming

Mar 8th, 2009 | By

The National Trust for Scotland has decided that, because of the economic climate, it needs to save money. So it plans to reduce jobs by up to 91 and to close or curtail some of the features in some properties.The Hill of Tarvet House in Fife will close, they are handing back the running of the Livingstone Centre in Blantyre and the house, though not the gardens will close at Leith hall House. Haddo House will only be open for functions but, again, the gardens
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Burns Night & Burns Year

Jan 25th, 2009 | By

Last night was Burns Night, the evening when Scots all over the world get together and celebrate the poetry and Scotland of their national poet Robert Burns.But today, 25th January is also the 250th anniversary of his birth in Alloway, near Ayr. Coincidentally or by design, his birth starts amost year long celebration of things Scottish called Homecoming which runs until St Andrew’s Day on November 30th. (see more at much of a farmer and a bit of a womaniser, he proved to be
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