Use of cookies

Site usage - cookies and website traffic analysis

When you use the Edinburgh Castle website your computer will be issued with “cookies”.

These allow a computer – but not the person using it – to be identified by the Historic Scotland server.

This provides a secure way to:

  • Measure visitor numbers
  • See which cities they come from
  • Find out which parts of the website people use

All of this means we can improve our website and its content.

You can set your computer to accept or cookies or not. Not accepting them can mean you are unable to get certain personalised services.

The information collected by our traffic analysis system includes IP address, pages visited, browser type and operating system.

A full list of cookies used on Historic Environment Scotland websites is available here