THE National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has appointed "vet, adventurer and oceans advocate" Dr Cal Major as an ambassador – and she hopes to use her "love of Scotland" to inspire others.

Based in Ullapool, Dr Major spends much of her time on and in the sea around the country.

The new ambassador role is designed to help the NTS raise support for its conservation work in the coastlines, marine environments and more than 400 islands under its care including the dual World Heritage Site, St Kilda. 

Dr Major said: “I'm a proud supporter of the National Trust for Scotland and I am beyond delighted to have been asked to be an ambassador for them and the work they do.

“It feels like such a privilege to be part of a community of people who care just as much as I do about Scotland's wildlife and heritage.

"Developing personal connections to nature through first-hand experiences of its powerful impact are a core part of my work in ocean conservation.

“I hope that through my love of the sea, I can help the NTS to do even more to protect these special places and to inspire more people to support the work they do, for the love of Scotland.”

She recently visited the Treshnish Isles, the newest property to come into the care of the NTS.

NTS chief executive Philip Long said: “Scotland’s seas and marine life are facing major challenges as the impacts of the climate and biodiversity crises are becoming ever more evident and it is so important that we speak up for our heritage that doesn’t have a voice.

"Cal’s love of Scotland’s seas and our nation’s environment comes through in all she does.

"In her new role, we know she will speak passionately about Scotland’s nature, beauty and heritage and help our charity to gain even greater support for our work to protect and share it all with everyone."

On her new appointment, Dr Major said: “I'm a proud supporter of the NTS and I am beyond delighted to have been asked to be an ambassador for them and the work they do.”