Scheduled monuments

A scheduled monument is a monument of national importance that has legal protection under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

There are many archaeological sites and monuments in West Lothian, of which 52 are scheduled. They are part of our local and national identity and contribute to our history and education, tourism, sustainability, local distinctiveness, placemaking and quality of life. It is a finite and non-renewable resource that contains unique information and reflects the lives of people who lived in the area over the past 10,000 years.

Prior written consent of the Scottish Government is required for most works, including repairs, to scheduled monuments. Any person carrying out unauthorised works or allowing unauthorised works to be carried out on a scheduled monument, commits a criminal offence. In order to obtain further information or to make a scheduled monument consent application, you should contact Historic Scotland.