Fingal's Cave, Crathes Castle, Ben Lomond, Robert Smail's Printing Works – from the grand and geological to the humble and industrial, these treasures are just a sample of those in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the conservation charity looks after Scotland's heritage.

Amongst the places cared for are 129 properties including the most fairytale of castles, glorious gardens, architectural icons, 200,000 acres of countryside, 46 munros, and seven national nature reserves.

It is a huge collection of Scotland's heritage and takes a lot of support to care for.

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have made a huge contribution to this worthwhile cause. Projects all over Scotland have benefited from £273,695 in funding.

That generosity has funded a wide range of projects:

  • Helping train apprentice stonemasons at Culzean Castle and Country Park.
  • Contributing to the creation of a brand new gallery space at Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire. This has attracted a whole new audience to the castle.
  • Providing a new plant labelling machine at Inverewe Garden in Wester Ross, to help the charity catalogue rare plant collections.
  • At the Glenfinnan Monument on the Road to the Isles, the funding is enabling an upgrade to toilet facilities which the charity would have struggled to fund otherwise.

Property managers, conservation experts, volunteers and visitors can all see the benefits that these projects are bringing to the Trust's special heritage sites. To the players of People's Postcode Lottery: thank you - National Trust for Scotland could not carry out this vital work without your generous support.

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Exhibit at Drum Castle Art Gallery