Find out about listed buildings, scheduled monuments and other designations that protect Scotland’s historic environment.
Buildings of ‘special’ architectural or historic interest enrich Scotland’s landscape and help chart our history.
Scotland’s nationally important sites are spread across the country and span around 8,000 years of human settlement.
These green spaces play a big role in our heritage, national identity, nature conservation and well-being.
Historic battlefields tell us much about the battles that have helped to shape our national consciousness and sense of identity.
Underwater heritage is as important to identify, investigate and protect as our heritage on land.
Read about some of the projects the Designations Team is carrying out.
Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites – from Neolithic Orkney to New Lanark – are outstanding for a diverse range of reasons.
Discover what you need to do if you make a find on an archaeological site anywhere in Scotland.
2017 is Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology so we asked you about the places and buildings you care about – the places you want to ensure can be enjoyed by generations to come!