About Us

Green Tourism awards

Our staffed Historic Scotland properties hold an impressive 37 Green Tourism gold awards and 31 silver awards.

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Sustainability is at the heart of all that Historic Environment Scotland does. We conserve and maintain monuments across Scotland to ensure they will be enjoyed by future generations.

To see how you can help us in our aims, read our guidance on responsible visiting.

Download our Green Tourism Visitor Charter.

Green Tourism scheme

Most of our staffed sites are assessed under the Green Tourism scheme, the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK.

Of the 68 Historic Scotland properties individually assessed under the scheme, 37 were given gold awards and 31 were awarded silver. 

The scheme assesses members against a rigorous set of criteria. The range of areas examined includes:

  • waste management
  • energy use
  • procurement 
  • biodiversity

We undertake sustainable practice where possible across all activities in our estate. We also encourage visitors to use public transport to reach Historic Scotland properties where possible.

A green visitor file is available at each of our staffed sites. This is full of useful information to help visitors make the most of the local environment.

The file may contain details about:

  • local cycle routes
  • cycle hire
  • farmers’ markets
  • local wildlife 
  • other Green Tourism members nearby

Visitors can comment on our environmental efforts using the feedback form provided in the file.