Subscriptions are paid for via the Foxy e-commerce website.
IMPORTANT - the email (username) and password that you generate when you subscribe are ALSO the login details for Who Owns Scotland.
USING THE SITE
Log in to the site via the LOGIN button in the top menu. Use the username and password that you generated when you subscribed.
When you are logged in you will see the Property Map page and can view the landownership records.
Use the normal drag and zoom controls to navigate around the map. Landownership parcels located within 20km of the centre of the map will be loaded automatically. When you pan to another part of the country, a new batch of parcels will be diplayed.
Hovering your cursor over the parcel will automatically display the property name and owner.
Click on a Property to see the detailed property data.
IMPORTANT - to navigate around the map after you have viewed property data, you MUST click one of the Clear Selected Property buttons.
Logout when finished.
There are two search facilities.
The Search box on the homepage allows you to search the various pages on the website but NOT the underlying landownership database.
On the property page you can conduct a search of the database by searching for properties and owners. Enter the value to search, click the search button and a dropdown list of results will appear in the right hand column. Please note this will only search these two fields. Be aware also that the name you think is the name of the property or owner may not in fact be the case. You may think that an estate is owned by 'John Smith' but in fact it is owned by a company called Northern Estates Ltd. that is, in turn, owned by 'John Smith'. Entering 'John Smith' will not therefore return the property you are looking for.
Note that there are currently a number of properties with the same name (there are two 'Tulloch Estates' for example and all of the National Forest Estate is identified as 'National Forest Estate' in the property name field. Becuase databases cannot distinguish between such records, a search for 'Tulloch Estate' will return just one of the properties. Similarly a search for 'Scottish Ministers' (who own the National Forest Estate) will return just one of the many hundreds of National Forest Estate properties. I am working to fix this (26 September 2022) by ensuring that all properties have unique names. This will take a month or so to achieve.
You can also navigate to a particular location. This search is based on Ordnance Survey data and not Who Owns Scotland data. If, for example, you wish to find out who owns land near Aviemore, type in Aviemore, click "Search" and a list of addresses will appear. These will include street names but generally you will want to select 'Aviemore | Town' which will take you to Aviemore on the property map.
Use the turquoise icon in the top right hand corner of the map to select the desired mapping background. It is set by default at "Leisure" which provides Ordnance Survey 1:250,000, 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 mapping backdrops. Other Options are available and they will generally be better if you have a slow internet connection.
You can choose whether to display the map tip which, by default, appears when you hover your cursor over the map. Check the 'Hide Property Popup' box below the map to switch it off and on.
If you have any questions or comments about the way the website works, you will hopefully find them answered at the Frequently Asked Questions page. Alternatively you can contact me with queries or suggestions for improvement.