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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.


Archaeology InSites

Age of Stone
Age of Bronze
Age of Iron
Age of Invasion
Age of Warriors
Age of Worship
Age of Kings
Age of Clans
Age of Industry
Age of Leisure
Age of War
This Age

Age of Leisure

The Age of Leisure explores the pleasures of prosperity. Discover sites that show advances in science and in health, with a meteorological observatory atop the country's tallest mountain and a hydropathic sanatorium on the west coast. Learn about the earliest Tennis Court, and a Bowling and Golf Green's depicted on a rare military map in the Highlands. Study the evidence for the oldest surviving music hall in the world, or investigate the remains of an abandoned Art Deco style outdoor swimming pool on the edge of the sea. Read the story of a railway station that helped take workers away from the daily grind, or learn about the ongoing restoration of a lost Japanese style garden.

Cowden Japanese-style Garden - Clackmannanshire

The garden at Cowden is a rare designed landscape created in a Japanese style. Photographs taken in 2014 captured the scene of the ‘lost garden’ just before work began on its restoration.

Wemyss Bay Railway Station and Pier - Inverclyde

Fundamental though steam was to our industry and economy, it was a role in the leisure industry that helped to take Scotland’s workers away from the stresses and strains of a daily grind.