Stirling has some of Scotland’s most significant archaeological sites and many of these internationally important monuments are within a 15 minute walk of the city centre: these include battlefields, hillforts, medieval gardens and much, much more. 

The primary responsibility of the Archaeology Service is to advise Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, principally through the planning process, on the conservation and management of the archaeological resource within their areas. We aim to ensure that all development and other land use takes into account the need to conserve the historic environment by improved management through the provision of:

  • professional advice to landowners,
  • public utilities,
  • private developers,
  • foresters,
  • other land managers and
  • the wider public.

View or download the Current Development Plan policies,  Local Development Plan extract and statutory Supplementary Guidance.

Stirling’s past is a unique resource and the Archaeology Service seeks to promote these assets and encourage the public use of them. Stirling’s Archaeologist, together with the Ranger Service run a series of archaeological digs for the public, if you’re interested in taking part, or have an idea for a dig yourself or simply want to learn more about Stirling’s rich heritage please get in touch!

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