The castles and other properties owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland are precious jewels in the crown of the nation's heritage. Ensuring they provide a wonderful experience for visitors requires expertise and enthusiasm from many people, mostly unseen, who offer specialist knowledge and long-term thinking. This book pays tribute to the craftspeople, gardeners, foresters, managers, guides, surveyors, architects, archaeologists, conservators, planners and more, who have made the Trust's properties so very special to so many people. It celebrates their many and various contributions as part of a long and continuing tradition in this beautiful large-format, highly illustrated volume.
Ian M Davidson is a specialist in heritage conservation who worked for the National Trust for Scotland for over three decades. He is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon's University, Aberdeen and a Heritage Consultant. He is a well-known authority on building conservation and has delivered lectures in the United States, Australia, the then USSR, Estonia, Latvia and elsewhere around the world. He lives in rural Aberdeenshire with his wife, Kim, and has two adult children, Kate and Jamie.