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Valentines Day


To celebrate Valentine’s Day we have searched our collections for our most romantic images.

Through our active surveying and recording programmes, RCAHMS adds new online images to the Canmore database every day. These range from interior and exterior views of buildings to archaeological sites, aerial photographs, and digital drawings. Our survey photographs also provide close up imagery of architectural details, which in this gallery includes decorative cherubs, marriage lintels and even rainwater heads.

The RCAHMS aerial photography team fly throughout the year capturing spectacular and sometimes unusual views of the Scottish landscape. From the air, a heart and flower design in fields near Loch Ussie becomes clearly visible, while the site of Inchmahome Priory is revealed as a heart-shaped island.

RCAHMS also maintains an active digitisation programme of its Collection items, copying photographs and historic views, photograph albums, original architects’ drawings, new survey drawings, engravings, sketches, books and maps. Examples of some of the more personal images from our photographic albums offer a glimpse of love in years gone by.

Can you spot the romantic connections in our eclectic selection of Valentine’s images?