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Scottish Historic Buildings Trust

Everyone has driven or walked past a forlorn and unloved historic building at some time. You may have wondered why it isn’t being used or why someone doesn’t do something with it. The answer is often complex and the solutions equally so. It takes a special group of people to identify a way forward and restore these buildings to the benefit of the community.

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) is a dynamic and innovative charity that does just that. It is dedicated to regenerating significant historic buildings for the benefit of others throughout the whole of Scotland.

Visit us in January and February

Riddle’s Court is delighted to be hosting some wedding Open Viewing Days in January and February, where our Events Team will be onsite and to answer any questions you might have about our beautiful and unique wedding venue.

For more information, and to book your one-on-one timeslot, visit our Eventbrite page.

What we do

Riddle's Court installation of sandstone roundels

Our Projects

SHBT has over 40 years’ experience delivering complex projects that regenerate neglected historic buildings and give them a sustainable future.

Riddle's Court Geddes Ceiling

Our Buildings

SHBT holds a property portfolio of stunning historic buildings that are available to lease or hire for offices, events and functions.

Riddle's Court Lady Rosebery reads to a youngster


SHBT actively promotes community engagement with the history of our buildings and the complexities of the building restoration process.

Riddle's Court Wedding Confetti in the Courtyard


Our historic buildings offer a romantic setting for your wedding ceremony or special occasion. Celebrate in the heart of Scottish history in atmospheric venues around the country. For more information, visit our dedicated weddings website and get in touch with a member of our Events Team who will answer any questions you might have about planning a memorable day.

News and Events

Knockando Cottage Restored

Our Commitment to the Climate Emergency

Posted on: 06.11.21

The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) recognise the current climate emergency and are committed to doing what we can to play our part in mitigating the effects of Climate Change.

The Tron Kirk Spire

SHBT to take over the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Posted on: 24.05.21

The City of Edinburgh Council has given the green light to the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust to take forward a project to restore the much-loved Tron Kirk on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Performers at Riddle's Court during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court returns to the Fringe and announces its 2019 line-up

Posted on: 03.08.19

PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court has a jam-packed and vibrant programme of entertainment planned for this August, as it continues its partnership with the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.

King's Chamber Bedroom

ZAC & ZAC Photography


The King’s Chamber is an extraordinary one-bedroom holiday apartment on the Royal Mile. A hidden gem, it features 16th-century painted ceilings created for a royal banquet, combined with a tasteful mix of traditional and modern furnishings.