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From ancient hillforts and medieval tower-houses to abandoned townships and coastal tank traps, we look after a unique and valuable collection of historic sites within Scotland’s national forests and land.

They include ancient cairns and burial chambers, stone circles and ceremonial rock art, brochs and duns, abandoned farms and relict field systems.

Standing stone and ruined cottage at Knapdale

Some sites are over 8,000 years old – flint scatters left by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers – while others tell the story of our more recent history, such as the extensive anti-tank defences along the Moray coast. Some are familiar landmarks on the Scottish landscape, but an amazing number are largely unknown. Some have only been recently discovered – and even more may survive unknown and unrecorded.

We are proud to look after these remarkable examples of our cultural heritage – to protect, conserve and present them for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations.

Learn about our work

Silhouette of a person holding a measuring tool; a mountain in the backgroundArchaeological investigation

Only by developing our knowledge can we understand how best to protect, conserve and present each site.

Archaeological investigation


A man walking towards a carved marker stoneImproving access to archaeological sites

Learn how we conserve and present our cultural heritage for our visitors.

Improving access


A large group of schoolchildren that appear to be looking at an eclipse while stood next to a large boulderOutdoor archaeological learning

Exploring evidence from our shared past can help us understand the world we live in.

Outdoor archaeological learning

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