Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland creates and manages records relating to Scotland’s architecture and archaeology.

Through their website you can access Canmore - the online catalogue to Scotland’s archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage.

You can also access Scran, where you can search more than 480,000 heritage digital resources. It is one of the UK’s largest educational online services and currently supports more than 4000 schools, libraries, colleges and universities.

National Records of Scotland

Both official and government records are maintained by the National Records of Scotland. You can access research guides via their website and most of their digital records are available as a subscription service via ScotlandsPeople - the official Scottish Government site for searching government records and archives. You can also access over 2000 photographic images using the ScotlandsPeople digital image library.

Scotland's Places

ScotlandsPlaces lets you explore thousands of records of Scotland for free by using a place name, postcode or by simply clicking on a map. The search results bring together three national collections - Historic Environment Scotland, the National Records of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland


Statistical Accounts of Scotland

This key source for local history contains information about local parishes. The site includes the background to the compilation of the work, and an exhibition on maps, boundaries and the history of parishes in Scotland.


The National Archives

The National Archives website has a wealth of resources and research guides available online. 


The National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland isone of the major research libraries in Europe and is also Scotland's largest library. Collections range from rare historical documents to online journals. You can also watch past events from the National Library of Scotland on the NLS player and access free online talks by NLS curators. 


The Scottish Local History Forum

The Scottish Local History Forum website contains access to the Scottish Local History Directory which provides details of Scottish local history resources and the organisations which hold them.