WWW.NTS.ORG.UKSUMMER 201229ARCHITECTURE?opportunity to create all aspects of thisextraordinary home for the publisher, WilliamBlackie and his family. Way in advance of our fixation with space-saving,The Hill House's cupboards are ingeniously built-in.Simple applied decoration punctuates the rooms andthe furniture is elegant and restrained. Whereasmost Victorian homes would have been full of darkwood furniture, heavily decorated in rich reds, darkgreens and browns, cluttered with ornaments,upholstered with richly patternedtextiles and curtained with heavy drapes,here everything is uncluttered and savethe more sombre dining room, light,bright and, in the master bedroom,virtually all white. In contrast with villasfrom the same era around, which testifyto Victorian and Edwardian tastes, TheHill House looks boldly to the future.The final stop of this somewhat west-coast biased personal tour is the furthestnorth. Culloden, near Inverness, is amuch more remote and, at times, bleaksetting, than any other property covered by our littlearchitectural peregrination. It is an unusual last stopfor an architectural journey, as the place itself issimply an expansive battlefield. However, lookingover the site of the rout of Bonnie Prince Charlie'stroops by the Duke of Cumberland, in a brutal battleon 16 April 1746, is a low, elegant timber building.TheCulloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, by GarethHoskins Architects, caters for visitors to the site of acrucial moment in history, the last battle on Scottishsoil. It serves the thoroughly practical purpose ofinterpreting this unique place to thousands of visitorseach year. It also allows people to view this poignantlandscape and reflect on its history from a rooftopgallery, helping to protect the site itself.This brief overview of a few personal highlightsgives only a flavour of the huge number ofproperties in the Trust's care. The Trust's holdingsencapsulate architecture from the late medieval tothe most contemporary. They range from grandcountry piles to modest little houses on the shoreand from dramatic ancient monuments to the mostcontemporary Scottish architecture. They are thequintessence of Scotland and proudly declare theremarkable creativity of the Scots. lNeil Baxter is secretary and treasurer of the RoyalIncorporation of Architects in ScotlandFor more images of these fantastic properties, seewww.nts.org.uk/brilliantbuildings. To find out more about the Year of Creative Scotland, see www.creativescotland.comThe forward-lookingHill House, above, andthe elegant visitor centre at Culloden"In contrastwith the villasaround, TheHill Houselooks boldlyto the future"
30SUMMER 2012POLICYThe landScotland's landscape is close to theheart of every Trust supporter. It isunder intense pressure, and widedebate on its care is urgently needed.Here are six strong views, on threedivisive topics, to start the process we loveDiarmid Hearns, Head of Policy, the NationalTrust for Scotland, sets the sceneScotland's landscapes, whether rugged coastlines,majestic mountains or intricate, historical prospects,are among our country's greatest treasures. Ourlandscapes are the result of natural and humanforces over millennia and the process of change goeson today. Conserving our landscapes for current andfuture generations is a national challenge, as we seekto balance natural, cultural, social and economicconcerns. The Trust looks after a number of Scotland's mostmagnificent landscapes, through the work of ourstaff and volunteers at Glencoe, Ben Lawers,Torridon, Kintail and many other properties. We alsocare for a range of outstanding designed landscapesIllustration:Owain Kirby