Essential maintenance
HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:
- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)
- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)
- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)
General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.

We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.


ScotlandsPlaces has its own gazetteer of Scottish places and administrative units. The gazetteer is an A-Z index of inhabited places in Scotland, both past and present.

It has been created from central government and local government records and older gazetteers. When you search for a place by name or postcode, the website looks for a match in the gazetteer. There may be several matches as this place has changed over time. Select a place to find out which period it relates to and see all the records available from the three archives.

Did you know that before 1975, Scotland was divided into counties, parishes and burghs?

Find out more about how Scotland's places are classified into Administrative Units.

Browse Places A-Z