Scheduled Monument

Elgin CastleSM1229

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Supplementary Information Updated
Secular: castle; motte
Local Authority
NJ 21142 62831
321142, 862831


The scheduling extends up to but excludes all boundary walls. The scheduling specifically excludes the Duke of Gordon Monument. It excludes the above ground elements of all modern structures, fixtures and fittings within and around the monument including the panoramic plinth, handrails, stone steps and metal railings, and the top 300mm of all gravel paths.



No Bibliography entries for this designation


HER/SMR Reference

  • NJ26SW0007

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map showing the scheduled area is the legal part of the scheduling. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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Remains of Elgin Castle, looking west, during daytime, on a clear day with cloudy sky
Remains of Elgin Castle, looking southeast, during daytime, on a clear day with cloudy sky

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