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Buildings: Scotland’s Drill Halls

Buildings: Scotland’s Drill Halls

The vast majority of our historic drill halls are no longer in military use but they continue to tell us much about our military history and how we prepared to defend ourselves when the threat of invasion was very real.

In 2015–16, as part of our commemorations of the centenary of the First World War, Historic Environment Scotland carried out a nationwide review of drill halls. 

We reviewed halls that were already listed buildings and we assessed a number of unlisted halls for listing. 35 of them, known to be built specifically for military drilling, are now listed buildings. 

Download our booklet about Scotland’s drill halls and visit our Heritage Portal to search for listed drill halls.