Outdoor Conservation

I have just completed my first working holiday as a conservation volunteer for the National Trust for Scotland’s Thistle Camps in North Perthshire. If you’re interested in conservation and the outdoors, this is a great opportunity to give something back, and make a difference to Scotland’s unique natural heritage.

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Foliage at Garry Bridge, Killiecrankie (un-edited)

The working holidays are residential projects, based at National Trust for Scotland properties, which help the NTS to conserve and manage the historic locations under its care. Volunteers have the opportunity to live and work in some of Scotland’s remote and remarkable places for the duration of the camp.

The Thistle Camps website states that no prior experience is required for most of their camps as work is explained and techniques are demonstrated. Camps are graded according to their remoteness and the level of fitness required to do the work. Each camp is made up of eight to twelve volunteers of various ages and backgrounds, who contribute half the cost of the transport, food and accommodation for the trip. Volunteers share accommodation, as well as the communal tasks of cooking and cleaning, with the rest of the group.

Convalloch

Convalloch Lodge, Ballinluig

My work in the North Perthshire woodlands was divided between The Hermitage at Dunkeld, Pass of Killiecrankie and the adjacent Linn of Tummel site, just as the leaves were turning in the second half of October. Supervised by the NTS Rangers, the work included clearing leaves from the paths and public areas, path edging, fencing, removing non native species, chopping non native wood for the charcoal kiln, helping to prepare Ossian Hall for a wedding, and burning brash from storm damaged areas. Some of the many bonuses include gaining a more intimate knowledge of the sites, and having the opportunity to ask the Rangers questions about their history and stewardship.

These are some pictures of the historic and beautiful locations in which I worked, in one of my favourite parts of mainland Scotland.

Killiecrankie – (Site of the Battle of Killiecrankie on 27th July 1689).

Charcoal Kiln

Making charcoal at Killiecrankie

Killiecrankie

Trooper’s Den at Killiecrankie

Killiecrankie Vistor Centre

View from Killiecrankie Visitor Centre

Linn of Tummel

Garry Bridge

View from Garry Bridge, Linn of Tummel

Linn of Tummel 1

Upper path, Linn of Tummel

Linn of Tummel 2

Woodland, Linn of Tummel

Linn of Tummel Falls

Waterfall at Linn of Tummel viewpoint

The Hermitage, Dunkeld.

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Woodland at The Hermitage, Dunkeld

Black Linn Falls

Black Linn Falls at The Hermitage by Ossian Hall

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Funghi on a tree at The Hermitage

The Hermitage 4

The River Braan at The Hermitage

I hope that these pictures show what a beautiful and unique area this is, and give some indication of how much there is to see at these three National Trust for Scotland sites.

Day off

Bruar Falls

Lower Falls of Bruar, Pitlochry

Many thanks to the NTS Rangers, the Thistle Camp leader and co-leaders, and my fellow volunteers for an endlessly fun, fascinating and informative week. I paid the listed price towards my upkeep on this camp.

About rucksackrose

Hiker, designer & writer passionate about the outdoors, hiking, wild places, camping, trails & the environment.
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2 Responses to Outdoor Conservation

  1. That looked fab. I’ve looked into a residential volunteering week with the RSPB. Need to actually sign up. Cheers for the nudge.

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