The Map images resource from the National Library of Scotland allows you to access and view over 48,000 maps as high-resolution, colour, zoomable images. The maps date between 1560 and 1961 and relate primarily to Scotland, though there are a small selection of maps of England, Ireland, Great Britain and Belgium.
Main Map Categories:
Maps of Scotland
Town Plans and views
Ordnance Survey maps (c. 1840s-1960s)
Land utilisation maps
Air Photo mosaics
With around two million cartographic items, the NLS map collection is the largest in Scotland and one of the biggest in the world. Holdings cover all parts of the globe, through some 700 years, from medieval manuscript maps to current digital mapping. If you cannot find what you are looking for online, it may be available in print.
Provides access to:
Geology of Britain Viewer
UK Soil Observatory
Groundwater levels timeline
BGS maps portal
Open-loop ground source heat pumps
BGS Infiltration SuDS map
The Geology of Britain viewer is a simple tool, aimed at the general public, which helps you explore the geology where you live.
The UK Soil Observatory (UKSO) is a collaboration of institutions providing and delivering information about the diverse soil types of the UK. The UKSO map viewer is free and easy to use, and has some of the most accurate soil data for the UK available.
The groundwater levels timeline map viewer provides online access to a timeline of monthly groundwater levels across the UK from 1970 to the present day.
BGS maps portal provides high resolution viewing of images of almost all small and medium scale maps produced by BGS since mapping started in 1832.
Open-loop ground source heat pumps is a tool developed by the BGS in collaboration with the Environment Agency that provides an indication of whether the conditions for ground loop systems exist in a given area.
The national BGS infiltration SuDS map provides an assessment of the suitability of the subsurface for the installation of infiltration sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).