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    Historic Environment Scotland

    Our books tell the stories of Scotland. From landmark works of expert research to creative collaborations with internationally renowned authors, our aim is to explore ideas and start conversations about the past, present and future of our nation's history and heritage.

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    A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh

    In this sumptuous new book, Alexander McCall Smith curates his own distinctive story of Edinburgh - combining his affectionate, incisive wit with a wealth of stunning imagery drawn from Scotland's national collection of architecture and archaeology.

    Who Built Scotland: A History of the Nation in Twenty-Five Buildings

    Kathleen Jamie, Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson and James Crawford travel across the country to tell the story of the nation, unravelling the places, people and passions that have had an enduring impact on the landscape and character of Scotland.

    Who Built Scotland: A History of the Nation in Twenty-Five Buildings

    In Who Built Scotland, the authors pick twenty-five buildings to tell the history of a nation. In vivid travelogues, they explore Scotland's social, political and cultural heritage, placing our people, ideas and passions at the heart of our architecture and archaeology. This is a story of how we shape buildings and how buildings, in turn, shape us.

    St Kilda: The Last and Outmost Isle

    A detailed yet accessible account of Britain's most remote island. This new book explodes the myth of St Kilda as a 'lost world', demonstrating how, for 3,000 years, it has been connected to and influenced by communities across the Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland.

    Bloody Scotland

    Crime fiction inspired by Scotland's iconic buildings: in Bloody Scotland twelve of Scotland's best crime writers use the sinister side of the country's built heritage in stories that are by turns gripping, chilling and redemptive.

    The Honours of Scotland: The Story of the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny

    The Honours of Scotland tells the turbulent story of the Honours - Scotland's crown jewels - and the equally dramatic tale of the Stone of Destiny.

    St Peter's, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal

    In this landmark book, Diane Watters looks at the history of St Peter's Seminary, Cardross. She traces the story of an architectural failure which morphed into a tragic modernist myth. This is a historian's account of St Peter's: an exploration of how one of Scotland's most singular buildings became one of its most troubled - and most celebrated.

    Scotland's Landscapes: The National Collection of Aerial Photography

    The third book in a series showcasing Scotland's National Collection of Aerial Photography. Features some of the most recent high quality photography of the nation, divided into four chapters that capture the essence and uniqueness of Scotland's landscapes: Islands, Highlands, Lowlands and Coastlines.

    Historic Environment Scotland