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 Environment Scotland

Use Historic Environment Scotland's Heritage Portal to search for Listed Buildings, or archaeological sites protected as Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Use Canmore to search the national records of buildings and archaeological sites around Scotland.

PastMap is a map-based search where you can look for different types of sites in different datasets, including Historic Environment Scotland's national records and many regional Historic Environment Records. 

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.

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

Aberdeen Sites and Monuments Record

Aberdeenshire Sites and Monuments Record

Angus Sites and Monuments Record

Moray Sites and Monuments Record

East Lothian and Midlothian Historic Environment Record

The historic environment records for:

are available through PastMap

Not all Historic Environment Records are available online yet, but you can contact them with your query

Fife Sites and Monuments Record:

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

Tel: 01 592 583 391