Online historic environment data
Useful websites you can visit to search others' records of archaeological sites. You can find out whether a site is already recorded elsewhere, and learn more about a site.
Use Historic Scotland's Data Services to search for Listed Buildings, or archaeological sites protected as Scheduled Ancient Monuments
Archaeology Data Service (ADS)
Use ADS's ARCHSEARCH to perform a basic search, a more detailed advanced search, or a map search, to see the sites they hold records of.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
Use the Royal Commission's Canmore search portal to search their archives and records of buildings and archaeological sites around Scotland.
The Royal Commission's PASTMAP is a map-based search where you can look for different types of sites in different datasets.
The National Map Library of Scotland
The website of the National Map Library of Scotland has a collection of geo-referenced historic maps, including the OS 1st edition 6-inch series, which dates to the mid-late 19th century and is very useful for historic coastal sites. Use the slide bar to explore the historic maps over a modern map or satellite view to explore your local coastline and see how much it’s changed.
Historic Environment Records
Check the local online Historic Environment record for your area to see if a site you've found is recorded there, or to find out more information about a site
Not all Historic Environment Records are available online yet, but you can contact the appropriate office with your query
Western Isles Sites and Monuments Record:
Western Isles Archaeological Service
Museum nan Eilean
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Isle of Lewis
Shetland Sites and Monuments Record:
Shetland Amenity Trust
Dumfries and Galloway Historic Environment Record:
Tel: 01387 260154
Fife Sites and Monuments Record:
Tel: 01 592 583 391