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Scotland is famed for its rich heritage, and you can find a door to the past hidden deep within many of its forests. Ruins of ancient settlements can help us understand how people once lived, and there are plenty of stories and fables to bring forgotten places back to life.

Kraiknish Dun Archaeology

Just as we care for the natural environment, we are responsible for looking after historic landscapes that contain many sites of archaeological interest.



Railway entrance to coal mineIndustrial heritage

Explore the iron works, coal pits, lead mines and slate mines that shaped Scottish industry.

Industrial heritage


Ruined cottageHistoric townships

Visit the places Scotland's population once called home.

Historic townships


Stone circle in a woodland clearingPrehistoric sites

From Neolithic tombs to recumbent stone circles, discover an ancient past.

Prehistoric sites


World War Two bunker in a woodlandWorld War Two

Discover the remains of Scotland's wartime coastal defences.

World War Two


Axe-marked treeHistoric woodland use

Discover the remains of Scotland's wartime coastal defences.<

Historic woodland use

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