Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk

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.

Historic Scotland

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

West of Scotland Archaeology Service

Highland Historic Environment Record

Aberdeenshire Sites and Monuments Record

Angus Sites and Monuments Record

Moray Sites and Monuments Record

Orkney Sites and Monuments Record

East Lothian and Midlothian Historic Environment Record

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
Francis Street
STORNOWAY
Isle of Lewis
HS1 2NF

Shetland Sites and Monuments Record:

Shetland Amenity Trust
Garthspool
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0NY

Dumfries and Galloway Historic Environment Record:

Archaeology Service
Environmental Planning
Newall Terrace
Dumfries
DG1 1LW

Tel: 01387 260154

Fife Sites and Monuments Record:

Steve Liscoe
Fife Council
Kingdom House
Kingdom Avenue
Glenrothes
KY7 5LY

Tel: 01 592 583 391