Terms and Conditions


Copyright is reserved on data held within the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Sites and Monuments Record (SMR).  The data may be used for personal research without charge but all output resulting from the use of data must acknowledge the source as 'compiled by and copyright of Western Isles Archaeology Service'.

The online SMR is intended to be used for personal research only.  Data may be downloaded to disk or printed out for personal use only, but it may not in any way of trade or otherwise, be lent, sold or re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the prior consent of the Western Isles Archaeology Service.

If you wish to use information derived from the SMR for publication in printed or multimedia form, or to compile resources for commercial or organisational use, permission must be obtained in writing from the Western Isles Archaeologist, 6 Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DP.  A copyright reproduction fee may be charged.


Details contained within these databases have been drawn together from a variety of sources and have not always been verified in the field by the Archaeology Service.  The listings are as comprehensive as possible but there can be no guarantee that they are complete.  Further field survey, excavation and aerial photography may reveal additional sites of archaeological interest.  The information here is believed to be correct, however, no responsibility can be accepted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar or any of its staff for any errors or omissions and no claims for compensation or negligence will be accepted.


The majority of sites or buildings in the SMR are not open to the public and permission to visit a site should always be sought from the landowner or tenant.  The inclusion of a shipwreck in the SMR does not imply that it can be safely dived.

Protection of Sites

Law protects many of the sites and buildings recorded in the SMR and it is a criminal offence to damage them.  It is also an offence to use a metal detector on a scheduled ancient monument.  Any alteration to a Historic Building, Listed Building, or work on a Scheduled Monument requires prior permission from Historic Scotland.

Development Control for Archaeological Sites

The online SMR is not suitable for development control purposes, or for assembling information for agri-environment schemes, nor for constructing management policy for the sites.  All consultants for such work should approach the Western Isles Archaeology Service directly at 6 Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DP.  A search fee may be charged.