We welcome applications from organisers looking to hold community events at the historic monuments and buildings in our care.

Community events that happen at Properties in Care are typically activities like choir and music recitals, religious services, community ceilidhs or one-off small scale events that:

  • have no or minimal infrastructure
  • take up minimal space
  • generally are on site no more than one day, but can be repeat activity 
  • are not for profit and are wholly non-commercial activities
  • are encouraged to be of interest to our visitors if during the day

Events which do not fall within this description may be too large in scale to be considered community events.

For all types of events, we may charge a fee.

For more in-depth information on the criteria for application, download our guidance:

Community events guidance

If the event you are looking to hold adheres to the set criteria, you can start the application process by contacting: 


0131 550 7603

We would recommend you review the criteria for community events:

Before you apply

All community event applications are considered impartially and on a case-by-case basis. Please do not advertise your event until we have provided permission.

Larger events

We do consider applications for larger events, but special consideration is given to these applications due to the escalated risk to our historic environment and impact on visitor experience. Applications for large events should be submitted a year in advance. 

For details on holding a larger event at historic sites in the care of HES, please contact us by emailing events@hes.scot

Learn more about the additional considerations regarding events at sites in our care and how we manage the estate.