Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk


Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk Project (SCH@RP) is our exciting new project. To visit the project website, click here.

The Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk Project (SCH@RP) was officially launched on August 13th 2012 in Edinburgh Castle. Seventy guests joined SCAPE's patron, Sally Magnusson and Chairman, Professor Christopher Smout at the event. An outline of the project is given below:

Scotland has thousands of amazing archaeological sites around its coast. Many of them are remarkably well-preserved, with buildings of all periods and fantastic artefacts lying buried under layers of sand.

Coastal erosion is threatening many of these sites. Some scientists believe that in the coming years, the problem will increase because of rising sea levels and an increase in stormy weather. Whether these predictions are true or not, there is a huge problem NOW. We need to act fast to save some of Scotland's best sites before they are lost for ever.

Past surveys have shown us where some sites are located, but many of these may now have changed or even be lost. Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk is a new project which will work with local communities to update our records. You will be able to use our interactive map, our mobile phone app or download a recording form to help us update our records. You can also tell us which sites you think should be investigated in more detail - and we will help you organise twelve community projects at your favourite sites.

The project is generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and The Crown Estate. Work will get underway in August when the logo icon will take you to our brand new website and interactive map where you will be able to start exploring coastal heritage in your area.

If you would like to be involved and kept up to date with project progress, keep an eye on our website. You can also register your interest by contacting us at



WWII structure, Montrose

Brora saltpans, Sutherland

Churchill Barriers, Orkney

Recording on North Uist