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Welcome to Secret Scotland

The Secret Scotland project (SeSco) aims to collect items of interest and knowledge about Scotland which are little known, or hidden away in archives that only a privileged few might have easy access to.


What is SeSco?

  • It's a free encyclopaedia.
  • A research project for the people.
  • A free and open online community project for everyone.
  • A good excuse to get out more!
  • A a reason to use that digital camera.
  • A game - how many pages/articles will you contribute?

What does SeSco offer?

  • The Main Site, where anyone may create and save pages.
  • The Forum, where site content may be discussed.
  • The Blog, where news, announcements, and interesting items are posted as required.
  • The Flickr Photo Pool, where interesting images can be shared.

Use the Navigation Menu on the left to explore the site.

Read the FAQ for a quick introduction, and start submitting pages and enjoying the project and the community.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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Contributing pages:

What is a page or article?

A page in SeSco usually contains a single article about a subject, and the terms page and ''article' are used interchangeably for simplicity.

In reality, a page may contain more than one article if a subject has an extended history, or contains more than one related subject.

What makes a good Page?

Unique subjects that can be easily described, preferably with a picture attached so that the reader can quickly and easily understand the subject, especially if it is something unusual.

How do I get the latitude, longitude and grid reference for my subject? The easiest way is just to use our map page to pinpoint the location, and it will give you the map code to insert under the Map heading on the page.

For a more detailed description of how to use our embedded map, and what can be done with it, please refer to the Map 101 page.

Do you accept multiple images per page?

Of course. Many of our subjects are either lost, or in danger of being lost. As a result, we may have access to the only records of them if official organisations have failed to identify or record these subjects.

What are my legal rights when taking photographs?

We're not lawyers, and can't advise you, but you can find advice here

  • Do I need to resize my photos? Are there size limits?
  • Why must I agree to allow commercial use of my image?

Browsing the site:

  • I would be interested in reusing Geograph content, is that possible?
  • I disagree with the location or title of an image - what can I do?
  • I'm concerned about a photo or comment I have seen on the site.
  • Counties, I'm confused, which do you display?
  • What do all these strange words mean?

The Geograph Website:

  • Theres a page I once saw on geograph, and I can't find it again!
  • Do you RSS feeds available?
  • Open source? Creative Commons? What's that all about?
  • Who built this marvellous site?

Issues in using the Secret Scotland site:

Please ask, using the Contact Form.

You may also find answers to more detailed questions not answered here in the Help pages included in the Navigation menu to the left.

I have a further question, what should I do?

Please ask, using the Contact Form.

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WWII Battle HQ
WWII Battle HQ at Inverallochy

Secret Scotland aims to provide a common resource where secret, hidden or otherwise notable Points of Interest around Scotland may be recorded and shared, and is modelled after the class-leading format of Wikipedia.

If you have an interesting subject of local interest, then please consider sparing a moment to add a page, to help expand and support this site.

ROC Post
Lost ROC post we 're-discovered'

By secret or hidden, we're really just referring to anything that might be described as lost, unknown, uninvestigated, unexplained, undiscovered, unexplored, forgotten, undisclosed, underground, subterranean, camouflaged, disguised, suppressed, or similar. In simple terms, it could just be something (or somewhere) that's just a bit out of the ordinary, and might not be noticed if not highlighted. As inspiration, these are a few of the existing Categories :

Map on a page feature

The site features a very easy method for including a Google map on any page, to show where Points of Interest are located. Please refer to the Map101 page for further information and instructions.

Together with our own map, there will usually be a set of automatically generated links to a number of other online mapping services. These are set to show aerial images (rather than maps) of the area described on the page, and may occasionally appear to be blank. This is not a fault, and merely indicates that the service provider currently has no aerial imagery available for that location. You can obtain a usable view either by zooming out a few steps, or switching to their Map view.

In the case of pages with multiple points, the linked aerial views will be centred on the main subject, identified by a marker on our map. Clicking on a marker will usually open a descriptive text window. This point should be used as a starting point to identify related locations in the linked aerial views.