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20SUMMER 2012ARCHITECTUREBuildings ofbrilliance

WWW.NTS.ORG.UK21?In the Year of Creative Scotland, when our little countrycelebrates the art, design and performance for which it isrecognised across the globe, it is worth remembering theunique creative heritage of architecture that the NationalTrust for Scotland and its members care for on behalf ofthe nation. The Trust's extraordinary collection ofproperties in care represents Scotland's history andcreativity in microcosm. Everything from lordly defensivestructures of belligerent medieval times through refinedcountry houses to a wee Glasgow tenement is available toTrust members and to visitors from throughout the world.The variety of architectural styles and the range oflocations of these buildings also tell much of ourdistinctive culture, patterns of settlement and the dailylives of generations of Scots. Fyvieis the exemplar of the great Scottish castle. Set on arise within the defensive embrace of a bend of the RiverYthan, between Aberdeen and Banff, this great home isawash with Frenchified detailing, pepper pot turrets, towersand angular gables, developed and adapted over centuries. Although the history of development on Fyvie's site canArchitecture is creativity at its most visible. Neil Baxtersurveys properties in the Trust's care to construct his own list of personal favouritesAbove, from left: Fyvie, Culloden, theTenement House,Gladstone's Land, The Hill House.Opposite: details fromthe Robert BurnsBirthplace Museum,Holmwood andCulloden. Left: stonestaircase at Fyvie