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Volunteering in Scotland’s National Parks

The Mountains & The People offers a range of opportunities to get involved in enjoyable and rewarding conservation work in Scotland’s National Parks.

Our main volunteer programmes are;

  • Conservation Volunteering days

Conservation Volunteering days let you help protect and enhance upland habitats, while getting out in the Scottish Mountains, discover new places, take on exciting challenges, meet people, learn new skills and also improve your health and wellbeing through outdoor activity.

Our volunteer opportunities give people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, the chance to get involved and play your part. They will run throughout the year across both National Parks and will include upland path maintenance and erosion control, dry stone wall building, invasive species control, and much more.

There will be a chance to join us 3 times each month.

  • Every 1st Wednesday of the month in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
  • Every 3rd Wednesday of the month in Cairngorms National Park
  • Every 3rd Saturday of the month alternating between each National Park

The sites are to be confirmed, although where possible transport will be available from a central meeting point: Balloch in Loch Lomond & Trossachs and Aboyne or Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms.

  • Mountain Maintenance Volunteers

As a Mountain Maintenance Volunteer you will be supported to work as a team to undertake regular light maintenance on some of our National Parks most iconic mountain paths.  More information on how to get involved in a group near you will be coming soon so sign up to our mailing list to hear more.

  • Corporate Volunteering

Whether you are an individual or a group of 50 colleagues, corporate volunteering can be a great way to give something back, indulge in new experiences, break down barriers between departments or just have fun.  Get in touch to find out more about the benefits of volunteering through work and what opportunities we have available.

  • Adopt A Path

This exciting scheme, developed by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, allows you to become a custodian of one of the paths we are improving during our project.  With specialist training in path surveying and basic maintenance you will join an elite group of volunteers who monitor and report on the condition of our mountain paths.


Whatever type of volunteering you take part in, whilst working alongside our experienced team, you will learn techniques that enhance your practical conservation skills and increase your knowledge about the natural and cultural heritage of our National Parks.

If you are part of a group, a club, a school, a business or an organisation we can help you get involved through tailoring activities to suit your needs.

To find out more sign up to our mailing list or checkout our events calendar

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