Looking after our cultural heritage

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 forests.

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

borenich ringfort next to loch tummel
Borenich ringfort overlooking Loch Tummel (Photo by Eddie Martin)

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.

Protecting our cultural heritage

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.

Visiting heritage sites