Historic Environment Scotland
Investigating, caring for and promoting Scotland’s historic environment.
Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.
They are responsible for more than 300 properties of national importance. Buildings and monuments in their care include Edinburgh Castle, Skara Brae, Fort George and numerous smaller sites, including Craignethan Castle in the Clyde and Avon Valley, which together draw more than 3 million visitors per year.
The body led and enabled Scotland’s first historic environment strategy ‘Our Place in Time’, which sets out how Scotland’s historic environment will be managed. It ensures the historic environment is cared for, valued and enhanced, both now and for future generations.
They are also responsible for internationally significant collections including more than 5 million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts, along with 20 million aerial images of locations across the world.
Historic Environment Scotland conservation experts provide guidance, training and technical research into Scotland’s built environment. Through an outreach programme, which promotes community and individual learning engagement with Scotland’s heritage and contribute to the Scottish Government’s strategy to tackle climate change and reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.
Historic Environment Scotland was formed in October 2015 following the merger between Historic Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
Find out more about Craignethan Castle, managed by Historic Environment Scotland in the Clyde and Avon Valley, by clicking the links on the right and below.