One of our roles is to conserve the historic properties in our care, which include both prehistoric and historic monuments, as well as associated collections representing around 5,000 years of Scotland’s past.

When considering every type of event, we must assess if it will impact our duty to:

  • protect and maintain historic sites
  • ensure these historic sites are a safe environment for both visitors and staff
  • encourage public enjoyment and engagement of our historic environment

We usually do not permit anything which has the potential to affect the historic fabric or archaeology of a historic place including naked flames and marquees or temporary structures.

What type of consent do you require?

A large number of Properties in Care are also scheduled monuments which means they would require additional consent for some event activities.

If you have a particular historic site in mind, you can identify whether it is a scheduled monument by searching our Historic Environment Portal.

Although we do facilitate royal, military or ministerial activities at particular sites, as a public body, we are unable to accommodate requests for activities of a political nature. Download our Managing Access to Properties in Care [PDF, 515KB] document for further details. 

Filming or photography, that is part of your proposed event, will also require permission:

Site exceptions

Some Properties in Care have different application processes due to the volume of visitors or legal status.

If you want to hold an event at one of the following sites, please contact them directly for information:

Learn how we manage the estate and ensure that the sites in our care are conserved and protected for future generations.