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
  • 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

Looking for consent?

We welcome the opportunity for our sites to be captured, however as UAVs become more popular and more widely used, we also have a duty of care to protect our historic monuments and ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

For this reason anyone who wishes to operate a UAV on a property under the care of HES must obtain prior consent. To start the process, a filming/photography application form must be submitted to up to 14 days in advance (significantly longer for more complicated requests). 

Please carefully read our drone guidance for information on drone usage at our sites before submitting an application form. 

Drone guidance