Find out more about the heritage of your local area

Dig deep into the history of places in Scotland and beyond to discover fascinating insights into hidden stories and histories of buildings, towns and cities.

If you’re looking for live information about designated sites and places (for example scheduled monuments and listed buildings) please go to the Historic Environment Scotland Portal for the most up to date data. The PastMap search should not be relied upon to confirm the presence of current designations.

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Essential maintenance
HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:

- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)
- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)
- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)

General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.
We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.

Modern
Look at the locations of Scotland’s sites and monuments superimposed on today’s Ordnance Survey and OpenStreetMap bases…
Historic
Use historic 19th and 20th century OS maps as a backdrop to historic environment data and look at how the landscape has changed over time…
Aerial
Compare features from the air against what is known in Scotland’s historic environment records, and look in more detail from a bird’s-eye view…
Data
Discover where the archaeology, historic buildings and landscapes of Scotland are, and follow the links to their descriptions and stories…