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Historic Scotland


Address : Longmore House, Salisbury Place
Town : Edinburgh
Telephone : 0131 668 8600
Website : Historic Scotland's Website

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Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and we are charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.


Who we are

Our role is to deliver policy and advise on all aspects of the historic environment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.We also carry out statutory functions relating to two acts of Parliament - the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, which allows us to schedule sites of national importance and take them into state care, and the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 that grants us the authority to list structures for their architectural or historical significance.

It is headed by a Chief Executive who is responsible to Scottish Ministers, within the terms of the Framework Document, for its management, performance and future development.

St Vigeans Sculptured Stones

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A fascinating and very important collection of over 30 Pictish carved stones....

Cairnpapple Hill

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Burial site dating to 3,000 BC...

Seton Collegiate Church

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Attractive ecclesiastical kirk set in wooded surroundings...

Inchmahome Priory

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Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an idyllically'situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1238...

Grain Earth House

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A well-built Iron Age earth house...

Broughty Castle

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Broughty Castle was built hastily, but perhaps unnecessarily. It figured in only two national emergencies over 450 years....

St Peter's Kirk And Parish Cross, Duffus

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Remains of a 14th-century western tower and a 16th-century vaulted porch...

Kildalton Cross

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The finest intact high cross in Scotland carved in the late 8th century...

Coulter Motte

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A good example of a Norman castle mound...

Staneydale 'Temple'

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A Neolithic hall...

Carnasserie Castle

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Home of John Carswell, first Protestant Bishop of the Isles...

Wanlockhead Beam Engine

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An early 19th-century wooden water-balance pump for draining a lead mine...


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Drumtroddan Cup And Ring Marked Rocks

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Three groups of well-defined cup and ring marks on bedrock probably carved in the Bronze Age...

Edinburgh: Holyrood Park

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Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline....

Kilwinning Abbey

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Remains of a Tironensian-Benedictine abbey...

Antonine Wall: Bar Hill Fort

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Highest fort on the Antonine Wall...

Fort George

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Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain....

Kilchurn Castle

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Four'storey tower built in the mid-15th century by Sir Colin Campbell...

Brough Of Birsay

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Site featuring Pictish and Norse power-base with Pictish well...

Maclellan's Castle

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Late 16th century noble residence...

Carnasserie Castle

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Home of John Carswell, first Protestant Bishop of the Isles...

Deskford Church

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Small late medieval church...

St Serf's Church & Dupplin Cross, Dunning

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Picturesque parish church...

Kinneil House

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15th century tower remodelled by the Earl of Arran...

Cairn O'Get

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A horned and chambered burial cairn...

Tullibardine Chapel

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One of the most complete and unaltered small medieval churches in Scotland...

Tarves Medieval Tomb

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A fine altar tomb of William Forbes...

Tormiston Mill

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An excellent late example of a Scottish watermill...

Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn

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Neolithic chambered cairn...

Greenknowe Tower

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Handsome tower house built in 1581...

Rispain Camp

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Rectangular settlement defended by a bank and ditch...

St Andrews: West Port

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One of the few surviving city gates in Scotland...

Kilmartin Glen: Nether Largie Cairns

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A Neolithic and two Bronze Age cairns of Kilmartin Glen...

Arran: Torrylin Cairn

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A Neolithic chambered cairn...

Dyce Symbol Stones

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Two Pictish stones, one with the older type of incised symbols...

Sunnybrae Cottage

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Possibly the oldest house in Pitlochry...

Kilmartin Glen: Ballygowan Cup And Ring Marks.

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Cup and ring marks on natural rock faces, of early prehistoric date....

Blackhouse Complex, Arnol

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A traditional thatched house that provides a unique insight into the island life of the Western Isles.......

Kilmartin Glen: Temple Wood Stone Circles

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Standing stone of Kilmartin Glen dating to overview 3000 BC...

Bridge Of Oich

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Splendid suspension bridge...

Urquhart Castle

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Once one of Scotland's largest castles, Urquhart's remains include a tower house that commands splendid views....

Kisimul Castle

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The only significant surviving medieval castle in the Western Isles...

Arran: Kilpatrick Dun (Or Cashel)

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Ruins of a circular drystone homestead of unknown date...

Auchindoun Castle

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Auchindoun Castle was built overview 1480 by Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Mar....

Arran: Lochranza Castle

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A fine tower house...

Whithorn Priory And Museum And The Monreith Cross

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Cradle of Christianity in Scotland...

Bishop's Palace, Kirkwall

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Described as the most accomplished piece of Renaissance architecture left in Scotland....

Arbroath Abbey

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Arbroath Abbey is famous for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath....

Edinburgh: Holyrood Abbey And Abbey Strand

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The ruined nave of the 12th and 13th century abbey church, built for Augustinian canons and a three'storey building on Abbey Strand from the late 15th or early 16th century...

Skipness Castle And Chapel

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A fine 13th-century castle with a 16th-century tower house in one corner...

Kilmory Knap Chapel

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A small medieval chapel with a collection of typical West Highland grave slabs and some early medieval sculpture....

St Ninian's Chapel

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Restored ruins of a 13th-century chapel, probably used by pilgrims on their way to Whithorn...

St Bride's Church, Douglas

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Choir containing three canopied monuments to the Douglas family...

Doune Castle

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Built for the Regent Albany, Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle....

Dundrennan Abbey

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Built in the latter half of the 12th century, the abbey was home to a community of Cistercian monks....

Lauderdale Aisle, St Mary's Church

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The former sacristy of the great 15th-century parish church...

Keills Chapel

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A small West Highland chapel housing a collection of 12th-century grave slabs...

Caerlaverock Castle

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With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold....

Fort Charlotte

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A five'sided artillery fort with bastions projecting from each corner...

Duffus Castle

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One of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in Scotland...

Smailholm Tower

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Well-preserved 15th century rectangular tower...

Sueno's Stone

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The most remarkable sculptured monument in Britain....

St Andrews: Blackfriars Chapel

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The ruined remains of the Dominican friary of St Mary amid a busy street....

St Clement's Church

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A fine 16th-century church...

Culsh Earth House

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A well-preserved underground passage...

Dunglass Collegiate Church

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Handsome church founded in 1450...

Coulter Motte

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A good example of a Norman castle mound...

Hill O'Many Stanes

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More than 22 rows of low slabs...

Duff House

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Magnificent early Georgian mansion designed by William Adam for the Earl of Fife....

St Serf's Church and Dupplin Cross, Dunning

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Picturesque parish church...

Cnoc Freiceadain Long Cairns

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Two unexcavated long-horned burial cairns of Neolithic date....

Maybole Collegiate Church

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College associated with St Mary Chapel...

Linlithgow Palace

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The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch....

Edinburgh: Craigmillar Castle

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A well preserved medieval castle, Craigmillar has a tower house, courtyard and gardens....

Barsalloch Fort

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An Iron Age promontory fort, defended by a deep u'shaped ditch....

Cross Kirk, Peebles

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Remains of a Trinitarian Friary...

Antonine Wall: Seabegs Wood

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A stretch of rampart and ditch with the military way behind....

Ness Of Burgi

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A defensive stone-built blockhouse...

Dun Carloway

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One of the best preserved broch towers in Scotland...

Torphichen Preceptory

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Tower and transepts of a church built by the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem...

Stirling: Old Bridge

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A handsome bridge built in the 15th or early 16th century...

Broughty Castle

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Broughty Castle was built hastily, but perhaps unnecessarily. It figured in only two national emergencies over 450 years....

Ormiston Market Cross

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Fine free'standing 15th-century cross...

Earl's Bu And Church, Orphir

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Church is of the 12th century...

Craignethan Castle

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An early artillery fortification with an exceptional residential tower and fine setting....

Beauly Priory

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The ruined church of a Valliscaulian priory, one of three founded in 1230....

Dundonald Castle

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Castle built by Robert II in the 1370s to mark his succession to the throne of Scotland...

Arran: Moss Farm Road Stone Circle

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The remains of a Bronze Age cairn...

Aberdour Castle And Garden

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Boasts a delightful walled garden and terraces with beehive'shaped dovecot....

Blackness Castle

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Castle built by one of Scotland's most powerful families, the Crichtons...

St Orland's Stone

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A tall, Pictish cross'slab with a prominent, ornate cross...

Kilmodan Sculptured Stones

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A group of West Highland carved grave slabs exhibited in a burial aisle within Kilmodan churchyard....

Dryburgh Abbey

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Sitting by the Tweed River, its remarkably complete medieval ruins makes it easy to appreciate the attractions of monastic life....

Caterthuns (Brown And White)

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Two spectacularly large hill forts...

Kilmartin Glen: Kilmichael Glassary Cup And Ring Marks

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Early prehistoric cup and ring carvings of Kilmartin Glen...

Clackmannan Tower

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A fine 14th-century keep...

Iona Abbey And Nunnery

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Iona Abbey is one of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites....

Ring Of Brogar Stone Circle And Henge

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A magnificent circle of upright stones with an enclosing ditch spanned by causeways, dating to late Neolithic period....

Castlelaw Hill Fort

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Iron Age hill fort...

Dwarfie Stane

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Neolithic burial chamber...

Sweetheart Abbey

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Romantic abbey founded by Lady Dervorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband John Balliol...

Corgarff Castle

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Corgarff's medieval tower house is surrounded by a distinctive star'shaped perimeter wall of 18th century date....

Ruthwell Cross

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One of the major monuments of early medieval Europe...

Antonine Wall: Croy Hill

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Part of Rome's north-west frontier built in the...

Westside Church, Tuquoy

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A small and elegant 12th-century nave-and-chancel church....

Kilmartin Glen: Ri Cruin Cairn

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Bronze Age burial cairn within Kilmartin Glen...

Hackness Martello Tower And Battery

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Extensive military remains on the island of Hoy...

Knowe Of Yarso Chambered Cairn

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An oval cairn with concentric walls enclosing a Neolithic chambered tomb...

Staneydale 'Temple'

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A Neolithic hall...

St Andrews Cathedral And St Rule's Tower

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Remains of medieval Scotland's largest and most magnificent church...

Midhowe Broch

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A well-preserved broch, with remains of later buildings round it....

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