News: I recently received the sad news that Thistle Camps have been ended. In the hope that they will start up again in the future, I am leaving this post here for now.
More of a trip than a walk, I thought I would include this working holiday as a conservation volunteer for the National Trust for Scotland’s Thistle Camps in North Perthshire. If you’re interested in the outdoors and conservation, they are a great opportunity make a difference to Scotland’s unique natural heritage.
The working holidays were residential projects which involve helping 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. Each camp is made up of eight to twelve volunteers who contribute half the cost of the transport, food and accommodation for the trip. Volunteers share accommodation and communal tasks with the rest of the group.
My work in the North Perthshire woodlands was divided between The Hermitage at Dunkeld, Pass of Killiecrankie and the adjacent Linn of Tummel site during 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 and helping to prepare Ossian Hall for a wedding. Volunteers can gain a more intimate knowledge of the history and stewardship of the sites from the Rangers. These are some pictures of the historic and beautiful locations in which I worked.
Killiecrankie – (Site of the Battle of Killiecrankie on 27th July 1689).
Linn of Tummel
The Hermitage, Dunkeld.
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 sites.
Many thanks to the NTS Rangers, the camp leader and co-leaders, and the other volunteers, for an informative week. I paid the list price towards my upkeep on this camp.