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Scheduled Monuments

Sites of outstanding universal value for all humanity

what is a world heritage site?

World Heritage Sites are places of outstanding universal value.

achieving world heritage status

Skara Brae

Details of the criteria required to achieve World Heritage status.


Charlotte Square, Edinburgh New Town world heritage site

Scotland currently has five World Heritage Sites.


St Kilda aerial view

Free downloadable fact sheets and leaflets.


Part of the Antonine Wall

The Antonine Wall is one of the UK’s most important Roman monuments.

the heart of neolithic orkney


The monuments of HONO are masterpieces of Neolithic design and construction.

New lanark

New Lanark world heritage site

An eighteenth century restored cotton mill village on the banks of the River Clyde.

The Old & New Towns of Edinburgh

John Knox's House, Edinburgh Old Town

This site contains nearly 4,500 buildings more than 75% of which are listed.


St Kilda, taken by Niall Benvie 1996. Copyright: the National Trust for Scotland.

St Kilda is a group of five remote islands which lie in the North Atlantic.

Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge

A unique milestone in the evolution of bridge and other steel construction.

Forth Bridge


Current (and closed) consultations on World Heritage Site Management Plans and potential nominations to the World Heritage List can be found on our consultations page.


SOUV and Management Plans

Ring of Brodgar
Statements of Outstanding Universal Value and Management Plans