Book in advance to visit Scotland’s historic places. Before you travel, please check the latest Scottish Government guidance.
Browse our varied publications, ranging from visitor guides and coffee table books to conservation guidance leaflets and academic reference reports.
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This statement regulates the acquisition and disposal by HS of portable or semi portable artefacts. The adoption of this policy is a requirement under the MLA Council's Museum Accreditation scheme.
This Policy sets out the framework for considering acquisitions and release of properties in state care and how this will be managed
An analysis of the results from our 2017 survey on the Inventory of Historic Battlefields in connection with a wider review of policies under the "What's Your Heritage?" banner.
Our Annual Operating Plan sets out deliverables for Historic Environment Scotland in 2017-18.
Our Annual Operating Plan sets out deliverables for Historic Environment Scotland in 2018-19.
Heritage For All
The vision in our Corporate Plan sets out the path from 2019 onwards. This is our detailed plan for 2019-20.
Discover our work to research, survey, document and share the story of Scotland’s historic environment.
A framework document mapping out a five-year plan for the management and conservation for the Antonine Wall, part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site.
This guide is a starting point for those wishing to discover how to deal with archaeology and the historic environment in general in the context of modern environmentally-friendly farming.
This plan outlines the steps we are taking to maintain not just the historic properties and items in its care, but modern site structures such as car parks, bridges and electrical infrastructure.
This document outlines our commitment to facilitating Asset Transfer Requests where they benefit communities and secure positive outcomes for the historic environment.
This is a summary of our activities to support biodiversity. The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 places a duty on public sector bodies in Scotland to further the conservation of biodiversity.