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Thatched Buildings Maintenance Scheme

Easthouse, Burra, Shetland Islands. Restored by The Burra History Group, 2006

Who can apply?

Financial assistance is available for owners of historic traditional thatched properties towards the cost of maintaining roof structures including complete re-thatching, any necessary repairs to roofing divots and minor repairs to roof timbers.


Applications are invited for consideration throughout the year. The work must be approved and a grant offer issued before any work commences on the property. Rates of grant of up to 50% are available and up to 85% if applicants receive both Council Tax relief and Income Support.

How to apply

For thatched properties located in the Western Isles or Highland regions, all enquiries and applications must be made direct to Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar or Highland Council respectively (see contact details below). Historic Scotland administers the thatching scheme in all other areas.

PDF icon Download the Thatched Housed Maintenance Scheme Application Form [Pdf, 446kb]

Contact details

Historic Scotland
Investment and Projects Team
Room 2.6, Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel:0131 668 8801
Fax:0131 668 8788

For properties in the Highland Region, please contact:

Kerry Bennett
Planning & Development Service
The Highland Council
Glenurquhart Road

Tel:01463 702 250
Fax:01463 702 298

For properties in the Western Isles Region, please contact:

Hannah Morrison
Department for Sustainable Communities
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
Isle of Benbecula

Tel:01870 602 425
Fax:01870 602 332

Contact us

Historic Scotland
Investment and Projects Team
Room 2.6, Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8801