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Policy position: Historic Environment Scotland

Scattering Ashes Policy at Historic Scotland

Historic Scotland say:

Scattering of ashes is permitted at many historic sites in our care, however it should be noted that no permanent marker will be allowed. Also, due to the number of requests received, scattering of ashes at Edinburgh Castle or Stirling Castle may only be granted if the deceased had a military connection to the Castle.

If you would like further information on scattering of ashes at any of our sites, please contact the Factoring Team in writing at Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH, by telephone on 0131 668 6863 or by e-mail at

Historic Scotland is the organisation the owns and maintains over 300 over Scotland’s most important heritage sites including: Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castlem, Glasgow Cathedral, Skara Brae, Iona Abbey, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, St Andrews Castle and Melrose Abbey.

Historic Environment Scotland is non-departmental public body established under the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 being a registered charity (Scottish Charity number SC045925) and having its principal office at Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH.

Updated Oct 2021

5 thoughts on “Policy position: Historic Environment Scotland

  1. Reply
    Agnes - 22nd May 2023

    Can you scatter ashes at Bannockburn?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 24th May 2023

      Hi Agnes

      You would need to ask them directly, here is the link you need


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    Carl Prime - 11th January 2023

    Hello is it possible to scatter ashes in Princes Gardens please.

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 18th January 2023

      If you are referring to the ones in Edinburgh, sadly I don’t think the City Council will permit it.

  3. Reply
    James Beaton - 16th June 2020

    I wish to scatter my sons ashes at Glasgow cathederal is this allowed ?

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