The 'visit a place' section of the new HES website

Our new website is live! Have you had a chance to look around it yet?

We’ve been working hard to make sure our new site meets our users’ needs, and we’ll be continuing to do so.

You, our users, are key. We’ve spoken to you to ensure that we know exactly what you need from us.

And as everyone involved in the digital sector knows, ‘content is king’. It’s a well-worn cliché, especially among the Digital Team here at Historic Environment Scotland.

But as cliché as it is, it’s still as relevant as ever. So we’ve rewritten all of our content to ensure it best meets your needs.

We’re all really proud and excited to let you see it, so we’ve picked a few key parts to get you started.

Visit a place

Here you can ponder where to go for your next epic day out at one of over 300 stunning properties that we look after.

Whet your appetite by reading about the varied history of our sites and browsing galleries of images, then set forth on your next adventure.

If your thirst for castles, palaces, and brochs isn’t easily quenched you can also find details of our Explorer Passes or even our Membership which can save you money on visiting many of our sites.

The 'visit a place' section of the new HES website

Plan your next day out using our new visitor attractions search.

Advice & support

Looking for tips on how to insulate your property? Interested in Scotland’s six stunning World Heritage sites? Or are you looking for key information on a listed building?

We’ve got everything you need in Advice and Support, including access to our decisions portal where you can see Scotland’s designated heritage, and decisions made around them.


Where better to learn about our history than in the very places that these stories unfolded?

Take your pupils from the classroom to the castle and give them a learning experience like no other. Our Schools Activity Programme is full of exciting class visit opportunities, plan your next field trip now!

The schools activity programme database.

Search for schools activities using our new database of events.

Grants and Funding

We offer a wide range of grants and funding for projects that share our aims to protect and promote our historic environment. You can find out about funding available and apply for funds for your project.

The Grants and Funding section of the HES website.

Apply for resources with one of our many grants schemes.

Archives and Research

Delve into the past with our vast selection of online and offline collections.

Study images of Britain from Above, or lift the lid on Scotland’s past with Canmore or our Collections Database, housing incredible items from our rich history.

About Us

Finally, you can read about who we are and what we do in our About Us section.

You can also stay bang up to date with what we’re doing with our new blog and news centre, and receive alerts straight to your mailbox. It couldn’t be easier to stay in the know!

The board members of Historic Environment Scotland.

Find out about each of our board members.

Website feedback – we want to hear from you!

While we’re really happy with the new website, there are always ways we can improve it. As a Digital Team, we are always looking at feedback and data to improve upon the websites and products we look after.

If you have any ideas or feedback on the website you’d like to tell us, then you can get in touch with us using our contact form or emailing us at


About Author


Donna Laidlaw

Donna works in the Digital Team and looks after our websites, making sure they are kept up-to-date. She's also managed several projects, including the new Edinburgh Castle website.