SPAB Scotland

Members of the SPAB living and working in Scotland decided to form their own semi-autonomous group in 1995. Scotland has its own building traditions, architectural language and property laws, all of which are best dealt with locally. All members of the SPAB residing in Scotland are automatically members of SPAB Scotland. If you are a SPAB member residing outside Scotland and would like to find out more about SPAB Scotland events and activities, please contact our Scotland Officer, Lucy Stewart at to be added to the mailing list. Members north of the border get all of the benefits of SPAB membership, plus a dedicated series of events, both technical and recreational.

Membership administration is handled by the SPAB in London, so please join online.

SPAB Scotland has its own Committee, which is currently made up of eleven members. There can be up to 12 Committee members, and the term of appointment is three years. Key posts may require availability for up to eight meetings a year outside of working hours.  If you would like to know more about being part of the committee or simply helping out with one or two events, please get in touch with us. Our current Chair is Jamie McNamara. 

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Thatch survey 2014-2015

Scotland has a long tradition of using thatch, and one of the most diverse ranges of thatching materials and techniques found in Europe. But thatched buildings have largely disappeared from the rural landscape in many parts of Scotland. This survey is the essential first step in identifying the type and quality of thatched buildings which remain, so that skills and resources can be directed most effectively.


Your donation will support a variety of activities, including providing free educational lectures, advice and campaigning on behalf of Scotland's historic built environment. 

Our priority at the moment is to provide heavily discounted places for young people (under 30) at our upcoming working parties, which have been postponed to 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Our working parties are a fun and unique way for people with a love for Scottish Heritage to get involved with repair projects on a building in need. Assisting young people to learn more about traditional skills and materials encourages a life-long appreciation for these crafts. The working parties also provide young people with an opportunity to engage with heritage and architectural professionals in a relaxed environment.

SPAB Scotland are very grateful for any and all donations that support our work. 


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Unique chance to tour Inverness Castle with LDN Architects prior to their major new intervention to this historic site.
Presented by SPAB Scotland.

08/09/2021 - 08/09/2021
General Interest

Tour price £15

Start 1400
Finish 1630 latest


Two days on the Island of Mull, with tours of Duart Castle and lime burning as well as a chance for some hands-on work.
Presented by SPAB Scotland.

18/09/2021 - 19/09/2021
General Interest, Leisure Learning
Duart Castle, Lochdon, ISLE OF MULL, PA64 6AP

Day 1 (Sat 18th Sept) - £20
Day 2 (Sun 19th Sept) - £30

Exact start times to be confirmed, approx 11-3 Saturday, and 10-4 Sunday


This talk looks at the many lighthouses of Scotland, and how they are repaired and cared for in difficult circumstances.
Presented by SPAB Scotland.

22/09/2021 - 22/09/2021
General Interest

Members - £5
Non-Members - £6

Start time 18.00
Finish 1930 (inc 30 mins Q&A)


This talk investigates the new extension to the Scapa Flow Museum, category A listed WWII buildings in Orkney.
Presented by SPAB Scotland.

06/10/2021 - 06/10/2021
General Interest

Member £5
Non-member £6

Start time 1800
Finish 1930 (Inc 30 mins Q&A)


Harbour walls are notoriously difficult to repair and maintain. Join us to find out more about this delightful hidden east coast harbour.
Presented by SPAB Scotland

08/10/2021 - 08/10/2021
General Interest, CPD
Cove Pier, Cove, COCKBURNSPATH, TD13 5XD

£15 per ticket
Meet at 10am at the public car park, for the 10 minute walk down to the shore.  Please note, low tide is 10.20am and we aim to be on the beach by this time where we will set the scene.
Finish by 12 noon.