Filming with a UAV offers a unique opportunity to appreciate and capture our sites from a whole new point of view. When revealed from above, it becomes apparent just how magnificent some of the shapes and designs of the properties under our care really are. For example the magnificent Caerlaverock Castle and its triangular layout that can only be fully appreciated from above. Or Blackness Castle, said to be the ship that never sailed, from the air you can see just how much this stone marvel looks as though it is about to launch itself into the sea.

As much as we welcome the opportunity for our sites to be captured in photography and film in this way, as UAVs become more popular and more widely used, Historic Environment Scotland also has a duty of care to protect our monuments and ensure the safety of those who visit them.

For this reason anyone who wishes to operate a UAV on a property under the care of HES must first obtain prior consent. To start the process for this, a filming/photography application form must be submitted to

Drone guidance

Please carefully read our drone guidance for information on drone filming/photography at our sites before submitting an application form. Please note that it may require a 14 day notice period from receipt of all necessary documents to arrange this with our sites, and significantly longer for more complicated requests.