Scheduled ancient monuments

What is a Scheduled Ancient Monument?

Scottish Ministers are empowered to schedule monuments considered to be of national importance.  Monuments may encompass a very wide range of structures or works, many are archaeological sites or ruined buildings and are obvious - prehistoric burial mounds and stone circles, Roman forts, ruined castles.  Others lie below the surface of the land and a small number under the sea.  The site of a monument includes adjoining land considered essential to the monument's support and preservation.

The city of Stirling encompasses 20 Scheduled Ancient Monuments.  Examples include: Stirling Castle and its grounds, the Town Wall, Mar's Wark and Argyll's Ludging, as well as Stirling Old Bridge, and the forts on Abbey Craig and Gillies Hill and Cambuskenneth Abbey.  

Is a property a Scheduled Ancient Monument?

To find out if a property is a Scheduled Ancient Monument consult Historic Scotland's on-line search facility or contact Stirling Council on 0845 277 7000.

Statutory requirements if a property is a Scheduled Ancient Monument

Scheduled monuments are legally protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.  Any works to a Scheduled Ancient Monument, including repair and maintenance, may require Scheduled Monument Consent.  Contact Historic Scotland or Stirling Council in the first instance.  

Sites and Monuments Record (SMR)

The extent of scheduling should not be considered to be the only measure of archaeological interest within the City of Stirling. There are many other areas of archaeological interest and importance that await further investigation and interpretation.  Further details of sites and objects of archaeological interest discovered in Stirling can be found by contacting Stirling Council's Archaeologist by emailing or by phoning 0845 277 7000.