Regimental Museums

The Royal Scots

The Museum is situated in Edinburgh Castle. It is a private one and, as we do not receive any part of the admission charge to the Castle, it is financially dependent on voluntary contributions. Admission is free and all visitors are welcome.

On entering the Museum after being introduced to the Regiment by a modern piper, the visitor is immediately taken back over three hundred years to the raising of the Regiment by Sir John Hepburn in 1633. There follows an account of the Regiment’s activities up to the present day.

Scottish National War Museum

Investigate the story of Scotland at war within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost and won are told through military artefacts and personal collections

Find out about life for Scots at war from the field of battle to the Home Front. Learn about the courage of Scots men and women in wartime; discover war stories and Scottish military life from weapons to the reality of war.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Visit the Museum of the famous Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in Edinburgh Castle. Experience over 300 years of history from Scotland’s only Cavalry Regiment. See the captured enemy standard from the Battle of Waterloo. Read about three Victoria Crosses and find out about our part in the First and Second World War. Contrast the old and the new, the sword with the musket and the horse with the tank. Discover the heroes that fought and died. It is a history without end for the Regiment continues today proud in their tradition and of their motto “Second to None”.

The Kings Own Scottish Borderers

The history of the Regiment from 1689 to the present day is traced through displays of uniforms, badges, medals, weapons and relics from the various campaigns in which it has been involved. Tableaux and dioramas dramatically bring to life the Regiment’s battles and aspects of the soldier’s profession.

The Royal Highland Fusiliers

The Royal Highland Fusiliers were formed in 1959 by the amalgamation of two of the British Army’s most distinguished Regiments The Royal Scots Fusiliers, 21st of Foot and The Highland Light Infantry 71st/74th of Foot.

The Cameronians

The collection on display at Low Parks Museum tells the story of the Cameronians, raised in Douglas in 1689 by James, Earl of Angus. With the original recruits being Covenanters this was the only regiment in the British Army with a religious origin. As Scotland’s only rifle regiment, it took the decision to disband in 1968 rather than lose its identity by amalgamating with other regiment.

The Black Watch

The Black Watch Museum is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle. The Castle is set in its own beautiful gardens and grounds. A visit to this ancestral home of The Black Watch brings this glorious Regiment’s past vibrantly to life.

The Highlanders

The Highlander’s Museum covers three floors of Fort George’s former Lieutenant Governors’ House. The museum has roughly 20,000 artefacts and an estimated 10,000 documents and photographs. The museum is the largest regimental museum in Scotland, outside of Edinburgh.

The Gordon Highlanders

At The Gordon Highlanders Museum, we are committed to preserving and sharing the legacy of the world-famous Gordon Highlanders for future generations. Based in the heart of north-east Scotland, in the beautiful former home of prominent Scottish artist, Sir George Reid, the museum is open to visitors from Tuesday-Saturday.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum traces over 200 years of one of Scotland’s elite military regiments – The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Housed in Stirling Castle visitors to the Museum can see a rich collection of material from all around the world.

National Army Museum

The National Army Museum’s study collection is a world-class resource that tells the fascinating story of the British Army and its role in shaping the world we live in today.

Education Organisations

Education Scotland

Education Scotland’s vision is that Scottish learners will progress in one of the most effective education systems in the world, renowned for the ability of national and local partners to work flexibly together to achieve high-quality and equitable outcomes for all.

Inspire Aspire Character Education

A resource to help your pupils make a personal connection with the values and heroes from WW1. The ‘Inspire>Aspire’ Organisation have created a pilot personal development programme to mark the centenary of the First World War. Using their unique poster template, learners are provided with a new opportunity for self-discovery and self-reflection, whilst learning about the values from this period of our history and the heroic stories of those who fought and suffered on the front, often making the ultimate sacrifice. Please note: The first 50 schools to apply will be 100% grant funded.

Military/Veterans Organisations

The Royal British Legion

Poppyscotland merged with The Royal British Legion in 2011. The Legion is committed to helping young people understand the issues of Remembrance, conflict and the importance of peace. To achieve this, they offer free learning resources designed to assist teachers and others working with young people.

Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory

Our sister charity, Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory makes all the wreaths and poppies for Scotland.

Legion Scotland

It is the job of Legion Scotland to keep alive the memory of those that died.

Ministry of Defence

Up to date information on our Armed Forces.

Veterans UK

There are many organisations that provide help and support to UK veterans, but the number of organisations can mean it is sometimes difficult for veterans and their families to know who to contact for advice on a particular topic. Veterans-UK is now the first stop for veterans.


Legasee is one of the first consolidated attempts to document the views of individuals who have served their country.

First World War

The First World War Centenary Partnership

The First World War Centenary Partnership is a network of over 1,000 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museums). Together, they will present a vibrant global Programme of cultural events and activities, and digital platforms which will enable millions of people across the world to discover more about life in the First World War.

McLean Museum First World War posters project

The McLean Museum has one of the most extensive collections of First World War Posters in Scotland. This unique collection was created by the Museum when Thomas Thomson, Treasurer of the Museum, started to seek out First World War material from 1915 onwards. Collected contemporaneously with the war, it includes many rare and unusual items. The whole collection will eventually be made available to the public as part of a commemorative project funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £51,300.

War Memorials

War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK. They provide advice and information to anyone as well as running grant schemes for the repair and conservation of war memorials.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The CWGC commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. The cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 153 countries across the world. The Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

The Scottish War Memorials Project

This site has been set up by a group of like-minded enthusiasts who share an interest in Scottish war memorials. The hope is that it will be a place to share information about memorials and a place where members can help each other with their research.



Scran is a charity and online learning resource base with over 360,000 images & media from museums, galleries, archives and the media. Local Authority schools and teachers in Scotland have full, free access. Use their Pathfinder packs to find relevant images for your teaching including one on Poppyscotland and Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory as well as relevant exhibitions.

Edinburgh’s War 1914-1918

This virtual history archive project is the coming together of educational institutions and community groups. The project was conceived in 2009 by the Centre for the Study of The Two World Wars, the University of Edinburgh, and is working in collaboration with Edinburgh City Libraries, local historians and community groups. The focus of the project is to tell the story of the people and institutions of Edinburgh, Leith and the Lothians during the war years of 1914 to 1918.

Remembering Scotland at War

Remembering Scotland At War is a pioneering online museum with a social networking area particularly aimed at ‘capturing memories’. It has been developed by Museums Galleries Scotland to showcase and encourage personal accounts from civilians, younger and older veterans, and currently serving military of how conflict has affected them.

Their Past Your Future

From the World Wars to the Cold War, Their Past Your Future from the Imperial War Museum gives history teachers and students in UK schools everything they need to explore the course, causes and consequences of conflict from the First World War to today.


The National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. It is a living and lasting memorial to commemorate and celebrate those who have given their lives in the service of their country, those who have served and those who have suffered as a result of conflict.

National Museums Scotland

Schools workshops at National Museums Scotland including the National War Museum. The workshops enhance students’ knowledge of a wide range of topics in a practical, experiential fashion.

The Royal College of Surgeons

A significant part of the collections of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh are closely connected with military campaigns dating from the mid-eighteenth century. They cover the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15), the Crimea (1853-56), the Second Boer War (1899-02) and the First and Second World Wars. These collections include specimens from casualties as well as instruments and documents.