The Operations Manager North West Highlands is focussed on developing longer-term aspirations and annual operating plans for the Properties in their care whilst managing all operations across these Properties in order to achieve the plan. Like all staff in the Highlands and Islands portfolio, they play a key role in delivering the Trusts wider vision. To protect Scotland’s Heritage, providing experiences and promoting its benefits for every-one now, ensuring there is sustainable support so we can pass on our heritage to future generations. This role oversees some of the most iconic places in Scotland – and involves travelling to work by car, train, boat and helicopter! are protecting Scotland’s heritage, providing experiences and promoting its benefits for everyone now, ensuring there is support so we can pass on our heritage to future generations.

Balmacara Estate

This is an outstanding example of a Highland crofting estate. A small-scale and low-intensity form of agriculture that has great environmental benefits, as well as being the defining social system of Highland communities. The estate’s rocky, moorland-covered hills are interspersed with lochs, woodlands and crofting settlements, with a long and intricate coastline scattered with offshore islands. This diversity means the estate supports a wide variety of wildlife and plants native to the Scottish Highlands including otters, pine martens, red squirrels and the ancient oak woodland of the Coille Mhòr.

Torridon

Torridon has long been a magnet for hikers and climbers, a place of majestic beauty and uncompromising terrain. The rugged mountains are incredibly old – the Torridonian sandstone that forms the bulk of all the mountains dates back 750 million years. Part of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve is on the Torridon estate and, along with other designations, the estate supports an impressive variety of flora and fauna, including important plant colonies, rare mosses and lichens, and the elusive pine marten and golden eagle.

Kintail & Morvich

The sharp peaks of the Five Sisters dominate the horizon, while tucked away in a cleft of the glens is one of Scotland’s highest waterfalls – the dizzying Falls of Glomach. A network of trails leads you up and around the mountains, lochs, glens and coastline, meanwhile, photographers and artists fall head over heels for vistas that bring together the most iconic features of the Highlands.

Ben Lawers

This is the highest mountain in the central highlands, Ben Lawers gives its name to the wider National Nature Reserve owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland. As well as celebrity status for its rich arctic-alpine flora, Ben Lawers NNR boasts seven Munros – overlooking Loch Tay, these mighty mountains offer spectacular views.

Iona

In AD563 Iona became the gateway to Christianity in Scotland, when St Columba and his followers arrived on its shores. Today there is still a special spiritual quietness to the island, and it’s easy to see why it has been a sanctuary for pilgrims for hundreds of years.

Staffa

This little island (½ mile long and ¼ mile wide) off the west coast of Scotland looks like it may be from a different planet. Its hexagonal columns were formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions and a vast blanket of lava that spread into the Atlantic Ocean. Years of waves crashing against these columns created the magnificent Fingal’s Cave.

St Kilda

Towering out of the storm-tossed waters of the Atlantic Ocean, its cliffs and sea stacks clamour with the cries of hundreds of thousands of seabirds. Internationally recognised for its birdlife, St Kilda is no less famous for its human history. A community existed here for at least 4,000 years, exploiting the dense colonies of gannets, fulmars and puffins for food, feathers and oil, and the UKs only UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site.