Inchrye Abbey c.1900, © Courtesy of HES (Inchrye Abbey album)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and to help you get in the festive mood we wanted to share some of our best winter images. HES holds a large archive illustrating archaeological sites, buildings, industry and maritime heritage across Scotland and is accessible to the public via our online database Canmore.

Canmore contains information and collections from our own survey and recording work, as well as from a wide range of other organisations, communities and individuals who are helping to enhance this national resource. With more than 320,000 records and 1.3 million catalogue entries there is plenty to capture your interest.

Browse our winter gallery to see some examples of the wonderful items we hold in our archives.

Aerial photography

Clear winter skies allow the HES aerial photography team to capture spectacular imagery of Scotland blanketed in snow, from picking out the intricate patterns of the terraced gardens of Drummond Castle in Perthshire, to identifying the earthwork remains of Woden Law hill fort in low oblique light.

Religious monuments

HES field surveyors have recorded a great many churches and religious monuments over the past hundred years creating a fascinating collection which captures the intricacies of religious architecture and iconography, including beautiful examples of stained glass windows and stone carvings.

Festive images

Our collections also contain a number of rare or unusual images relating to the holiday season, ranging from a Christmas tree balanced in the building site of Hyde Park Cavalry Barracks to a selection of Christmas cards drawn by renowned architects and archaeologists. At the same time, a fascinating glimpse of Scottish winters past is offered by Victorian and early twentieth century imagery drawn from our private photograph album collections.

10% off all images

Enjoyed looking through our winter gallery? Why not give one of our captivating images as a gift this Christmas! We are offering 10% off all image orders in the run up to Christmas: just enter the code Jingle10 (offer applies to personal orders only).

Spark your imagination by browsing our image highlights galleries  or choose from thousands of digital images covering the whole of Scotland on Canmore.

Buy a digital image for £8.91 or a print starting from £16.20 (after discount) – have a look at our full price list.

To order, simply click on your selected image and choose order image from the options at the bottom of the screen. Alternatively enter the image reference numbers through our online order form.

Digital images can be ordered until 23rd December. If you want us to post a print to you, your order must be with us by 14th December. A fantastic range of framed prints is also available.


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Laura Masterton

Laura works in the public services team answering questions on our archives and supplying images for everything from family history research to biscuit tins.