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Historic Places

With 5,000 years of history, the distinctive character of our country is well known. Ours is a cultural heritage worth taking care of and celebrating. It's also vitally important to the way we all feel about where we live. Both humans and nature have shaped our environment – over thousands of years. And although this is most easily seen in our buildings and monuments, it is also embedded in the landscapes around us.

Scotland's Protected Places are these very areas – where you can truly appreciate Scotland's extraordinary history.

You can find out more about the main protected places designations by clicking on the links on the right.