Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation's historic environment, and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
Stirling heads on the ceiling of the royal palace

Contact us

Stirling Castle
Castle Wynd
Tel: +44 (0) 1786 450 000
Email: Stirling Castle

A picture of James V from Stirling Castle

Historic Scotland

Our main office is in Edinburgh but our staff, properties, monument conservation units and regional offices are spread across the country. The agency has had a number of different names and emphases of function over the past few decades but we became Historic Scotland in 1991.

Key roles

Our responsibilities are widespread and encompass tourism and education through the properties in our care; safeguarding the nation’s heritage through our role in the planning system and leading the way in research and training in traditional building skills and materials.

For more background about Historic Scotland visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk