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Grant boost for Scotland's historic landmarks

26 November 2007

Some of the most famous historic buildings in Scotland are set to benefit from a new grants scheme.

The Maintenance Plan Grants scheme, funded by Historic Scotland and developed in conjunction with the Historic Houses Association for Scotland, will enable owners of the country’s most impressive properties to develop vital repairs programmes.

John Graham, Chief Executive of Historic Scotland, said: “This scheme will make a real difference to the outstanding castles, country houses, mansions and gardens that contribute so much to Scotland’s tourist industry and identity as a country.

“Properties like Scott’s Abbotsford and Blair Castle hold a special place in the hearts of people. They are beautiful, have played important roles in our history and have shaped the communities around them.

“By investing in sustained repairs and maintenance we are ensuring that future generations benefit from them as much as we do.”

Our heritage is a huge draw for visitors and the historic environment plays a key role in the country’s largest industry – tourism.

Recent statistics show that 85% of people coming to Scotland visit a historic property during their stay.

Sarah Troughton, chair of the Historic Houses Association for Scotland, said: “As everyone responsible for an historic building knows, good, well planned maintenance is the key to securing the building's future.

“I am delighted that Historic Scotland has been so proactive about this scheme suggested by the Historic Houses Association for Scotland and commend it to all Historic House owners and managers.”

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government. It is responsible for safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment. For more information visit

  • The Historic Houses Association is a UK-wide organisation which represents 1,538 member properties, forming the major part if the independently-owned built heritage and associated works of art, parks and gardens. For more information visit

  • Applicants to the Maintenance Plan Grants Scheme must be organisations or individuals who have a legal responsibility for the repair of a historic building. They should own the building, or hold a full repairing lease, with at least 21 years to run. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the property is open to the public for at least 25 day per year.

  • Grants will be awarded at rates of up to 75% of the cost of developing a maintenance plan prepared by a suitably accredited professional adviser. The maximum grant for each application will be £6,000.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873