Scottish beach detecting

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Scottish beach detecting

Post by Saffron » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:45 pm

Help required from our northern neighbours, or even English that know the law on detecting in Scotland.

In the next few months I could be having a few short trips up to Scotland (mainly the Borders centered on Kelso, but could take in any of the south of Scotland below the Glasgow - Edinburgh line, and in the spring could include Oban area).

Sadly some of the old links that I found in this subforum no longer work. So can anybody point me to links giving the current rules regarading detecting in Scotland. I know the rules on access are much better in Scotland than the more restrictive Enlish laws but I assume for inland you still require landowners consent (for the time I will be there not work running around door knocking) so will be targetting beaches - where I believe I am allowed to detect between MHWM and MLWM.

Links or confirmation of this and other advice would be VERY much appreciated.

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Re: Scottish beach detecting

Post by Lowland » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:28 pm

Hi saffron
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Re: Scottish beach detecting

Post by Saffron » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:01 pm

Many thanks for PM Lowland, much appreciated.

Lowland's PM actually related to inland so any information about beach detecting would still be appreciated.

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Re: Scottish beach detecting

Post by Raptorman » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:33 pm

No permits required for Scottish beaches just check there is no scheduled monument or buried power cable(one on my local beach) and your all good.http://www.crownestatescotland.com/the- ... -detecting

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Re: Scottish beach detecting

Post by Saffron » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:22 pm

Raptorman very many thanks for that link and information which confirms my understanding.

I had not seen the CE Scotland page that you provided but had seen the Outdoor Access Code that it links to, but about the only outdoor activity it had no information about was metal detecting ;;z

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Re: Scottish beach detecting

Post by Raptorman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:08 pm

Saffron wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:22 pm
Raptorman very many thanks for that link and information which confirms my understanding.

I had not seen the CE Scotland page that you provided but had seen the Outdoor Access Code that it links to, but about the only outdoor activity it had no information about was metal detecting ;;z

Evan
It really is a difficult one regarding metal detecting in Scotland. Like in England and Wales most of the time you will need permission from the land owner. I have a pal who managed to get permission from Glasgow council to search park land belonging to them. In Scotland we have what is called the 'right to roam' which basically means you can walk across any piece of land as long as you cause no lasting damage. I also seem to think I read on a website somewhere that metal detecting is allowed on open countryside here again as long as no visible damage is done but don't hold me to that.

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Re: Scottish beach detecting

Post by fiddiwebb » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:06 pm

Just to avoid any confusion for metal detecting in Scotland you must get the landowners permission to search any ground be it councils for parks or farmers fields.

Where it can get confusing is searching the foreshore, most can be searched free as it is crown property but some parts of the foreshore are privately owned, just use your common sense and if in doubt ask. ie if you intend to search the foreshore in front of a inhabited castle/stately home/Highland estate, then check with the owners.

Just to throw another spanner in the works the crown do not own rights to the foreshore in Orkney/Shetland which comes under Udal law so you need the landowners permission to search the foreshore in Orkney/Shetland.

Any finds of historical importance found in Scotland must be reported to the Treasure Trove Unit in Edinburgh, just drop them an email with pic or pop in in person if in Edinburgh, the TTU is located in the National Museums of Scotland in Chamber street.
The other option is to report your find to the nearest available museum where the find was found.

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Re: Scottish beach detecting

Post by smudge.g » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:59 pm

You'll need to be aware of the differences between English and Scottish treasure Laws as they are quite different. Precious metals are not the only items claimed by TT and I've even had a copper alloy medieval pendant claimed under TT a few years ago. (similar for friends' assemblages found that contained zero precious metals but were historically important !!.)
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