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  • Glenfinnan Monument at the head of Loch Shiel
    Glenfinnan Monument at the head of Loch Shiel
  • A detail of the National Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig, Stirling
    National Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig, Stirling
  • Looking up at a statue of Robert the Bruce on the castle esplanade with the National Wallace Monument behind, Stirling
    A statue of Robert the Bruce with the National Wallace Monument behind, Stirling
  • The Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay
    The Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay

Discover the stories and characters behind Scotland’s monument and ruins, which honour the country’s legends and reveal a colourful past. Many monuments are in memory of great people from kings to legends, while the ruins reveal ancient villages and how ancestors used to live.

Plan a trip around the monuments and ruins of Scotland and enjoy an historic day out.

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  1. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Take a walk along the footpath leading to the castellated Agnew Monument, built in 1850 in memory of Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw Castle.

  2. Kilchurn Castle

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    Castles

    Gradings

    Lochawe

    Kilchurn Castle was built in the mid-1400s by Sir Colin Campbell, 1st Lord of Glenorchy.

  3. National Wallace Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stirling

    A national landmark, where visitors discover the life and legacy of the patriot and martyr Sir William Wallace. See Wallace’s legendary battle-sword - the centerpiece of the magnificent Hall of Heroes, and enjoy panoramic views from the Crown.

  4. Campbeltown Cross

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Campbeltown

    The Campbeltown Cross is a medieval cross is located in the centre of Campbeltown in Argyll.

  5. Ness of Brodgar

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stenness

    The Ness of Brodgar is the excavation of a massive Neolithic walled enclosure that contains numerous well preserved monumental stone buildings on an unparalleled scale –best known from its media coverage as Orkney’s Neolithic Cathedral’.

  6. Clava Cairns

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Clava Cairns are a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves; ring cairns, kerb cairn and standing stones in a beautiful setting.

  7. Kirkcolm - Viking Carved Stones

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Discover Galloway’s Viking and Celtic connections in Kirkcolm churchyard, where these 10th century Viking Carved Stones are found.

  8. Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Sandwick

    The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe.

  9. Bishop's & Earl's Palaces

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Kirkwall

    These palaces near St Magnus Cathedral are regarded as two of the finest examples of architecture in Scotland and highlight Orkney’s strong Norse and ecclesiastical links.

  10. Kilmartin Glen

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Kilmartin

    Kilmartin Glen is located between Oban and Lochgilphead, surrounding the village of Kilmartin, on the west of Scotland.

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