Newbattle Abbey College
Available vacancies at the college are listed below.

Volunteer Role: Tour Guide

Could you be one of our volunteers?
We are now looking to expand our current group of volunteer tour guides. You do not need experience, as full training will be given, but we are looking for enthusiasm, an interest in history and/or architecture, good communication skills and a willingness to learn. At the present time, tours are available of the main building on weekdays, evenings and weekends, but we hope to extend our offer with tours of the college grounds in the future. So you will need to be comfortable with both environments.

Newbattle Abbey College is set in 125 acres of beautiful parkland just outside Edinburgh and contains a wealth of Scottish history. Built on the site of a medieval Cistercian monastery founded in 1140, the main building has been remodelled and extended, and today showcases the best of Scottish craftsmanship and interior design.

It was the Kerr family home from the mid-16th century until 1937 when the 11th Marquis of Lothian, Phillip Kerr, gifted Newbattle to the people of Scotland. He was interested in education and wanted people who had missed out first time round to have a second chance. With the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the army took over the building and land as a training camp. It re-opened its doors as an adult residential college in 1950, and today offers those with few or no qualifications the opportunity to experience learning in a place steeped in Scottish history and culture.

With 900 years of history, there are many interesting stories to tell. With links to royalty – Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria; also to the Declaration of Arbroath and the Spanish Armada, this is a fascinating building.

Your time:
Minimum: after the training and shadowing sessions, tours could be scheduled on both weekdays, evenings and weekends


All year round

Benefits for you:
You will be part of a friendly, growing team of staff and volunteers, who want to showcase the college. We will provide training and an opportunity to gain skills in public speaking, presentation and communication, whilst also meeting new people and making friends. This is a real opportunity to make a significant difference and give back to the local community.

How to apply
Contact Joyce Clark on 0131 663 1921 or for information and to register interest. Following this, a training session will be organised with a group of new volunteers, where you will complete an application form. If the group is full, you will be added to a waiting list and informed when space is available.

Newbattle Abbey College is committed to the pursuit of equality of opportunity, promoting diversity and challenging discrimination.

No CVs (personal or agency) accepted. Method of applying is by fully completed application form.