Adventures in Preservation hands-on building and plant conservation experience in Scotland

Adventure Details 

Project Instructors

To be announced

Project Funders

AiP is actively seeking sponsors. Join us in saving this valuable Edwardian greenhouse and continuing plant conservation efforts.

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Project Partners

Hamish Lochore
Hamish Lochore took on the cause of fostering trees about ten years ago after retiring. He spends countless hours raising trees from seed and planting them in an 80-acre arboretum. The arboretum is open to all who wish to come and see the great variety of trees. His vision is to bring people and nature back together, saving as many species as possible for future generations. Most of the seeds are hand reaped by friends, family and volunteers around the world, who then send them to Hamish for planting.

Grounds of the Burgie Estate, site of AiP's conservation experience in Scotland


For 1 week, DBL US$1,590 | SGL +US$350
For two weeks, DBL US$2,875 | SGL +US$650

In caravan, 1 week US$1130; 2 weeks US$2260

Registration for 1 week covers 7 nights & 8 days to include weekend excursion.

If you are fundraising for your trip and would like a breakdown of costs, contact AiP.


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Additional Cost Information

Your fee includes:

  • Ground transportation between Inverness Airport & Burgie House
  • Lodging during your session
  • Meals from dinner on day of arrival through breakfast on day of departure
  • Excursions during your trip dates
  • Instruction from on-site expert

All participants are responsible for:

  • Travel to Inverness or project site
  • Visa if required
  • Meals during excursions
  • Travel health insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. Send AiP proof of purchase.

Restore a Greenhouse to Grandeur

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Date: June 4-11, 2017; June 10-17, 2017

June Registration Closed.

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AiP is returning to Scotland in 2018 – See details on Dunans Castle project!

Unique Conservation Experience in Northern Scotland

Picture yourself traveling to northern Scotland. Once there, delight in the area’s unique microclimate – both warmer and drier than the rest of Scotland. Discover the Burgie Estate’s history and features: the ruins of a medieval castle, an Edwardian greenhouse, an elegant country home, and a man named Hamish who is dedicating his property to conservation.

The stately manor house, originally built c.1800 and completelyBurgie House, your home during your conservation experience in Scotland redesigned in 1912, will be your home away from home during your stay, be it one week or two. Spend an evening relaxing by the fireplace in the snuggery. Bring a friend and share this unique adventure along the Moray Firth.

AiP is delighted to embark on our first project in Scotland and invites you to join a conservation experience that will provide you with memories for a lifetime and leave a lasting legacy.

Greenhouse Conservation – Project and Need

The focus of this conservation experience is on the rescue and restoration of an Edwardian-era greenhouse. Prior to the mid-19th century a glasshouse, as greenhouses were called, was an object of awe to the majority of the population. The combination of the window tax (imposed on dwellings) and the glass tax (levied by weight) made even the smallest conservatory remarkable. Surviving glasshouses represent a unique legacy of Victorian and Edwardian society.1

This particular greenhouse is playing an outsize role in history. It is central to Hamish Lochore’s efforts to establish an arboretum of trees from around the world in order to preserve their genetic legacy.

Burgie Greenhouse, focus of building and plant conservation experience in ScotlandFor ten years, Hamish has researched and collected tree seeds best suited for the sitesome rare, some endangered, and others that create a unique variety. A network of friends and volunteers works worldwide collecting and hand selecting seeds and sending them to Scotland. The seeds are nurtured in the greenhouse, and then planted in the arboretum. For the last two years, environmental and tree enthusiasts have donated approximately 1000 hours each year to this environmental conservation effort.

How You’ll Help

Now it’s time for action from those passionate about preservation. The original section of the Burgie Estate greenhouse was built 1912  by James Walker of Aberdeen. It, and the later additions, are deteriorating and in dire need of conservation. Its survival is key to continuing the development of the arboretum.

Work in 2017 will include both documentation and building conservation work.

Documentation tasks will include

  • Determine the condition of the red cedar frame
  • Record elements of heating, ventilation and watering systems
  • Document number and condition of glass panes

Building conservation work will include

  • Clearance and cleaning work area
  • Brick cleaning and replacement
  • Replacing rotting wood in kind
  • Re-glazing

Work begins at 9am, after a leisurely breakfast, with a discussion of the day’s tasks and demonstration of skills as needed. Tasks vary depending on which session(s) you attend, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn skills involved in several tasks. There is an hour lunch break; work ends about 5pm. A detailed schedule is provided after registration.

By being part of a project I learnt so much more about the local culture and met people I would never have met as a tourist. – Jennifer O’Connell, Skenduli House Project, Gjirokastra, Albania 2014

The Conservation Experience – Buildings and Plants

You will have the option of dividing your time between building conservation and plant conservation. Work on the greenhouse structure will allow you to learn documentation, carpentry, masonry and/or glazing skills.

Scotland experiential travel conservation experienceWork with the seedlings will involve care for potted plants within the greenhouse and transplanting seedlings ready for life in the outdoor arboretum.

Once you register, you’ll be able to designate your preference for devoting all your time to building conservation, or dividing your days between building and plant conservation.

Interest is already building and the June 2017 sessions may fill quickly. If demand is high, we will schedule additional work weeks during late summer or early fall. Register early to reserve your space!


Opportunities for excursions in this region of Scotland abound. Each week, we will take a break from hands-on work and explore the region. The destination(s) for a half-day or full-day trip will be based on input from the group.

In addition, each session includes a weekend exploring and hiking the Isle of Skye. You’ll spend the night at the Old Inn in Carbost, a two-minute walk from the Talisker Distillery and 21 miles from Dunvegan Castle. Transportation and a night of lodging away from the Burgie house are included in your project fee. Meals and entrance fees are not included in your fee and are the responsibility of each person. Those joiningSouth over the Quiraing, Isle of Skye Scotland the June 10-17 session should plan to meet the group in Inverness Saturday morning. Those attending the June 4-10 session will be dropped off in Inverness on Sunday June 11. Those attending for two weeks will return to Burgie house to continue their conservation experience again on Monday.

Alternately, you can choose to relax and schedule your own weekend with horseback riding in the highlands or visiting local sites of your choice, such as Benromach distillery, Johnstons Woolen Mills (with some of the world’s best cashmere), or assorted estates and castles. We will be happy to provide you with some inspiration.

Given all there is to see and do, you might consider extending your visit to Scotland, before or after your project session, to take advantage of Scotland’s many historic and natural sites.

Lodging and Meals

Burgie house is built over four floors, with plenty of breakaway space for everyone. The house provides warmth and charm, being traditionally furnished with beautiful fabrics and antiques. Spacious bedrooms all have lovely views across the paddocks or majestic trees at the rear.

Comforts of home during your conservation experience in Scotland with Adventures in PreservationYour fee covers seven nights in a double room. Single rooms are available for a supplemental fee.

Most meals will be eaten at the Burgie house. There, a superb local cook will introduce you to local cuisine and produce. Options for vegetarians will be provided upon request.

Free wifi and laundry facilities are available in the house. Kitchen facilities are also available for your use.

It was a beautiful experience I will never forget. Sharing the space with the host family and working with the local builders allowed me to know the best side of Kosovo and its culture. — Maria Pastor, 2016


Your project fee of US$1590/week covers the cost of lodging in a double room, most meals, excursions, training, and transportation to and from Inverness Airport. If you prefer a single room, an additional single supplement will be added to your fee.

For those looking for a lower-cost option, caravan camping is available for 6 people, first come first serve. Each of three caravans (travel trailers) has one queen & one double bed. Bathroom and shower are in a nearby building. Cost per week if staying in a caravan is US$1130.

Residents of the UK, who don’t need transportation assistance and don’t want to join the weekend excursion, receive US$150 deduction from their fee. Contact AiP to receive this discount.

Travel Details

If flying, the Inverness Airport is closest to the project site, and airport pickup can be arranged from Inverness. If you prefer to “go local”, the Number 11 bus will take you from the airport to the Burgie main gate – stop called Burgie Mains.

If you plan to rent a car, the drive from the Inverness Airport is about 25 minutes (26 miles); from Aberdeen International Airport is a little over 2 hours (75 miles); and from Edinburgh is about 3.5 hours (170 miles).

High temperatures in June average in the mid to upper 50’s F / around 16 C, and lows average around 45 F / 7 C. Bring clothing that is appropriate for the temperatures and also protective while working. Rain is always possible, so bring sturdy shoes and adequate rain gear.

If you would like assistance with travel arrangements, contact Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters, AiP’s partnering travel agency.

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