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Historic Buildings of Scotland

Scotland's historic buildings are represented by far more than her famous castles. Scotland's heritage in stone includes key industrial and civic buildings, domestic dwellings, houses of famous Scots, military installations and specialist constructions such as lighthouses.

For example, the buildings on site at New Lanark in their day represented such an extraordinary industrial idea that the area is a World Heritage Site. Similarly, the construction and survival of Fort George now represents the finest surviving 18th-centry fort anywhere in Europe.

 Other vanished aspects of life in Scotland are acknowledged in the preservation of places such as Biggar Gas Works, long overtaken by newer technology. Also in this category is the fascinating Inveraray Jail, now not just a visitor attraction but a record of the attitudes towards punishment and reform prevailing in 18th and 19th-century Scotland.

Yet another category is the preservation of usually humble dwellings associated with famous Scots – such as Robert Burns, Hugh Miller or Andrew Carnegie. Even humble dwellings of the everyday Scottish folk have their own fascination, making the Black House at Arnol or the Tenement House in Glasgow also of great interest.


Shetland Orkney Northern Highlands Western Isles Skye & Lochalsh Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands Aviemore and the Cairngorms Fort William & Lochaber Argyll & Bute Perthshire, Angus & Dundee Loch Lomond, Stirling & the Trossachs Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley Glasgow Dumfries & Galloway Kingdom of Fife Lothians & Borders Edinburgh


Tenement House (NTS)

Historic Buildings in Scotland »

Thatched blackhouses, buried ice houses, dovecots, mort houses and waterworks – modest buildings with a fascinating past.

Castles & Stately Homes in Scotland »

Ancient strongholds, royal palaces, grand tower houses and great mansions all have played a part in Scotland's story.

Historic Sites & Monuments »

Great stone circles, elaborate burial cairns, rock faces carved with abstract designs and Pictish symbol stones - a permanent reminder of Scotland's past.

Scottish Abbeys, Churches & Cathedrals »

From simple Norman chapels to splendid abbeys and handsome parish churches with fascinating graveyards - Scotland's Christian heritage covers over a thousand years.