Wellbeing and Self Care at Heritage Sites

There are many activities you can do to feel good! Spending time at heritage properties, volunteering and being in nature can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. Check out some of our top picks for great places to visit in Scotland and make the most of our £1 entry offer at National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Historic Houses destinations.


Volunteering at heritage properties can be a good way to feel connected to the local area, history and the community. You can take up a variety of roles at a range of locations, including as a tour guide, retail assistant, event volunteering or assisting the Ranger service.

Find out more about volunteering at Historic Environment Scotland and volunteering at the National Trust for Scotland on their websites.

Arduaine Garden

Arduaine Gardens

Getting a chance to be outside and in nature can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. Research shows it can help improve your mood, encourage an active lifestyle and reduce stress.

Enjoy a restful and relaxing trip to this beautiful garden and take some time to reflect on your day. Arduaine is a great place for spotting wildlife, so look out for kestrels, badgers, seals and porpoises out to sea. 

Arduaine Gardens has a vast collection of plants from all around the world, something can be found here from every continent, with Antarctica the only exception!

A view of Arduaine Gardens from the Slate islands

Where: Arduaine Garden, Arduaine, Oban, PA34 4XQ.

The closest train station is Oban and there are regular buses from Oban to the gardens.

Find out more about Arduaine Garden here.

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle

Studies suggest the sea air and soothing waves can help you sleep better, relax and calm you down.

Spend some time by the sea and breathe in the air at Tantallon Castle. Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family.

Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. The castle is home to very last fortified curtain wall to be constructed in Scotland so take in a piece of history as you explore!

Tantallon Castle at night, with the sun setting behind it

WhereTantallon Castle, Near North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 5PN.

The closest train station is North Berwick and there are regular buses from North Berwick to the castle.

Find out more about Tantallon Castle here.

Inveraray Castle and Gardens

Invereray castle and turret

Spending time at heritage properties can make you feel more connected to the local community, and help you stay active and happier. Studies indicate that visiting heritage properties can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing.

Inveraray Castle is an 18th-century turreted castle, seat of the Clan Campbell and home to the Dukes of Argyll.

On the shores of Loch Fyne, these formal gardens are famous for their rhododendrons and azaleas - although some of you may recognise it as Downton Abbey's Duneagle Castle! See the amazing sights of the Tapestry Drawing room, amazing architecture and peaceful grounds.


WhereInveraray, Argyll, PA32 8XE. 

Inveraray Castle is 60 miles from Glasgow and 38 miles from Oban. Located on the A83 signposted Inveraray. There are Scottish Citylink bus services from Glasgow to Inveraray.

The nearest train station is Dalmally which is 15 miles away.

Find out more about Inveraray Castle here.

Find out more about self-care here.

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