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We have created a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.

Scheduled Monuments

Contributing to our sense of place and cultural identity

what is the historic environment

Carved footprint in stone at Dunnadd fort.

Our environment has a historical dimension that contributes to its quality and character.

change in the historic environment

Dundurn from the air

The historic environment is under constant pressure for change.


Glenshiel Battlefield @ NTS

Battles were iconic events in Scottish history & form an important part of our environment.  

carved stones

Carved stone, Abernethy

Scotland possesses an extraordinary variety of carved stones.

coastal erosion


Scotland’s coastline offers us a powerful insight into past human life.

historic marine environment

Scapa flow wreck

A wide range of archaeological sites can be found on the foreshore and seabed.

urban regeneration

Camperdown Works, High Mill, Braehead

In the 19th century our cities and industrial towns grew exponentially.



Scotland is rich in wetlands which are hugely important for archaeology.

Moderninsing the Planning System logo


ePlanning will create a higher quality, more accessible and easier to use planning system.

Find out about ePlanning


Find out about the work of the Royal Commission.


Historic Scotland Foundation

Play a role in preserving and enhancing Scotland’s historic built heritage.