Record Offices in Scotland

This is a list of record offices in Scotland. It starts with the national websites and then lists the county record offices, arranged in modern county order. They are a great place to search records of births, marriages & deaths, and also have numerous other archives you can look through. Check the relevant website before you visit, as you may need to book ahead.

On 1 April 2011, the General Register Office for Scotland merged with the National Archives of Scotland to become the National Records of Scotland (NRS). However the new website is not fully working yet, so we have left the two old sites below for now.

County Record Office Address Phone Number
Scotland National Archives of Scotland (NAS) The National Records of Scotland, H.M. General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY +44 (0)131 5351314
Scotland General Register Office for Scotland 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3YT +44 (0)131 3340380
Aberdeenshire (plus Banffshire & Kincardineshire records) Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ +44 (0)1224 522513
Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives, Old Aberdeen House, Dunbar Street, Aberdeen, AB24 3UJ +44 (0)1224 481775
Angus Angus Archives Angus Archives, Hunter Library, Restenneth Priory, By Forfar, DD8 2SZ +44 (0)1307 468644
Angus Dundee City Archives Archive and Record Centre, Support Services, 21 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BY +44 (0)1382 434494
Argyll (plus Bute records) Argyll and Bute Council Archives Argyll and Bute Council Archives, Manse Brae Area Office, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QU +44 (0)1546 604774
East Ayrshire East Ayrshire Archives Burns Monument Centre, Kay Park Cottage, Kay Park, Kilmarnock, KA3 7RU +44 (0)1292 521819
North Ayrshire North Ayrshire Heritage Centre North Ayrshire Heritage Centre, Manse Street, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, KA21 5AA +44 (0)1294 464174
South Ayrshire South Ayrshire Archives Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB +44 (0)1292 286385
Banffshire Banffshire records are in the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives
Berwickshire (plus Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire records) Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre Heritage Hub, Heart of Hawick, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE +44 (0)1450 360699
Bute Bute records are in the Argyll and Bute Council Archives
Caithness Highland Council Archive Service Caithness Archive Centre, Wick Library, Sinclair Terrace, Wick, Caithness, KW1 5AB +44 (0)1955 606432
Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre, Elgin Hostel, Dunvegan Road, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EE +44 (0)1478 614078
Clackmannanshire Clackmannanshire Archives Information Librarian & Archivist, Library Services, Alloa Library, 26/28 Drysdale Street, Alloa, FK10 1JL +44 (0)1259 453600
Dumfries (plus Kirkcudbrightshire & Wigtownshire) Dumfries and Galloway Archive Centre Archive Centre, 33 Burns Street, Dumfries, DG1 2PS +44 (0)1387 269254
Dunbartonshire East Dunbartonshire Information and Archives East Dunbartonshire Information and Archives, William Patrick Library, 2-4 West High Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1AD +44 (0)141 7773142
East Lothian John Gray Centre John Gray Centre, 15 Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX +44 (0)1620 820695
Fife Fife Archive Centre +44 (0)1592 583352
Fife University of St Andrews Library University Library, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16 9TR +44 (0)1334 462283
Glasgow (plus some Lanarkshire records) Family History Centre Family History Centre, Level 3, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN +44 (0)141 2872937
Inverness-shire (plus some Nairn records) Highland Council Archive Service Highland Archive and Registration Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5SS +44 (0)1463 256444
Lochaber Archive Centre, West Highland College, An Aird, Fort William, Inverness-shire, PH33 6FF +44 (0)1397 701942
Kincardineshire Kincardineshire records are in the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives
Kinross-shire Perth & Kinross Council Archive Perth & Kinross Council Archive, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP +44 (0)1738 477012
Kirkcudbrightshire Kirkcudbrightshire records are in the Dumfries and Galloway Archive Centre
Lanarkshire North Lanarkshire Council Archives NLC Archives and Records Centre, Records Manager, Learning and Leisure Services, 10 Kelvin Road, Cumbernauld, G67 2BA +44 (0)1236 638980
Midlothian Midlothian Local Studies and Archives Local Studies and Archives, 2 Clerk Street, Loanhead, Midlothian, EH20 9DR +44 (0)131 2713976
Midlothian Edinburgh City Archives Edinburgh City Archives, Level 1, City Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ +44 (0)131 5294616
Moray Moray Local Heritage Services Local Heritage Officer, Moray Local Heritage Centre, Institution Road, Elgin, IV30 1RP +44 (0)1343 569011
Nairn Nairn records are in the Highland Council Archive Service in Inverness
Orkney Orkney Library & Archive Orkney Library & Archive, 44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG +44 (0)1856 873166
Peeblesshire Peeblesshire records are in the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre in Hawick
Perthshire Perth & Kinross Council Archive Perth & Kinross Council Archive, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP +44 (0)1738 477012
Renfrewshire Renfrewshire Central Library Paisley Central Library, Heritage and Information, 68 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BB +44 (0)141 889 2360
Ross and Cromarty Highland Council Archive Service Highland Archive and Registration Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5SS +44 (0)1463 256444
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, Elgin Hostel, Dunvegan Road, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EE +44 (0)1478 614078
Roxburghshire Roxburghshire records are in the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre in Hawick
Selkirkshire Selkirkshire records are in the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre in Hawick
Shetland Shetland Museum and Archives Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay’s Dock, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 OWP +44 (0)1595 695057
Stirlingshire Stirling Archives Stirling Archives, 5 Borrowmeadow Road, Stirling FK7 7UW +44 (0)1786 450745
Sutherland Highland Council Archive Service Highland Archive and Registration Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5SS +44 (0)1463 256444
Caithness Archive Centre, Wick Library, Sinclair Terrace, Wick, Caithness KW1 5AB +44 (0)1955 606432
West Lothian West Lothian Archives Archives and Records Centre, 9 Dunlop Square, Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 8SB +44 (0)1506 773770
Wigtownshire Wigtownshire records are in the Dumfries and Galloway Archive Centre

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