Terms and Conditions

1. Copyright


1.1 Copyright is reserved to the Highland Council on data held within the Highland Historic Environment Record (HER) unless otherwise indicated. The information may be freely used for private or commercial research but the source must be acknowledged. 

1.2 The reproduction of material from the HER in published form requires written permission from Highland Council. Data may not by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, sold or re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without our prior written consent. 

1.3 Where Highland Council does not own copyright of the material, permission to reproduce the material should be sought from the copyright owner. 

1.4 Reports containing historic maps sourced from the National Libraries of Scotland are published on the HER website with the permission of the NLS Map Library. Further information can be obtained from www.nls.uk/maps

1.5 We believe that the authors of reports published on the HER have received permission to reproduce materials contained therein and that proper acknowledgement has been made.  

1.6 Images which originate from National Museums Scotland are published on the HER website with kind permission of that organisation. Copyright is held by National Museums Scotland and the images must not be reproduced in any form without prior consent being obtained. Any requests should be referred to Maggie Wilson, NMS Enterprises Ltd.

Registered Office:
NMScotland Enterprises Ltd
c/o National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street
Tel: 0044 (0)131 4026
Fax: 0044 (0)131 4012
e-mail: m.wilson@nms.ac.uk

2. Commercial use policy


2.1 You are welcome to use the information on these web pages for development management purposes, agri-environment schemes, constructing management policy and other commercial uses. However, the HER information should not be used in isolation and you are strongly advised to seek specialist advice from the Highland Council Archaeology Unit.  

2.2 Highland Council cannot be held responsible for the misuse or misinterpretation of any information held in our HER and accept no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on the resource.

3. Database

3.1 The information in this database has been drawn together from a wide variety of sources and has rarely been verified in the field by Highland Council staff. The listings are as comprehensive as possible but they should not be regarded as definitive and the original sources should be consulted as appropriate. No responsibility can be accepted by Highland Council or any of its staff for any errors or omissions and no claims for compensation or negligence will be accepted. 

3.2 There may be information concerning existing or newly discovered archaeological sites which has not yet been added to the computerised HER. Further field survey, excavation and aerial photography may reveal additional sites of archaeological interest. 

3.3 The whereabouts of any artefacts, documentary sources, photographs or other physical material referred to in the HER cannot be guaranteed. 

3.4 Any information obtained from the HER must not be used to the detriment of the historic environment.

4. Mapping

4.1 The Ordnance Survey mapping used in this web-site is provided by Highland Council under licence from the Ordnance Survey (licence number 100023369) in order to fulfil its public function to make available Council-held public domain information. 

4.2 HER data represented on the interactive map is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent an accurate or complete representation of archaeological sites or features. Highland Council cannot be held responsible for the misuse or misinterpretation of any mapped information and accepts no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on the resource. 

4.3 Spatial data relating to Scheduled Monuments and Listed Buildings is derived from data supplied by Historic Scotland and is subject to Crown copyright.

5. Public access

5.1 The Scottish Outdoor Access Code must be followed when seeking to gain access to any of the sites in the HER. Where appropriate, the permission of the landowner or tenant must be sought. 

5.2 The inclusion of a shipwreck in the HER does not imply that it can be safely dived.

6. Legal protection

6.1 Many of the sites and buildings recorded in the HER are protected by law and it is a criminal offence to damage them.   

6.2 It is an offence to use a metal detector on a Scheduled Monument.   

6.3 Any alteration to a Listed Building, or work on a Scheduled Monument requires prior permission from Historic Scotland.


7. Cookies


7.1 The Highland HER website uses cookies to store information on your computer to improve the usability of our site. Cookies are small files downloaded onto your computer which allow this website to recognise your machine while you are browsing and they are deleted once your browsing session has finished. They are used on this site to collect usage statistics through Google Analytics and to remember your position on the interactive map as you navigate the site. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but certain parts of the site will not work as well. Find out more about the use of cookies on Highland Council websites.