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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. Knap of Howar

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    Papa Westray

    Papa Westray is one of Orkney’s smaller isles, only about six square miles in extent, and much less hectic than its bigger neighbours in Orkney.

  2. Murray's Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Newton Stewart

    The steep climb up to Murray’s Monument is well worth the effort, offering amazing views of Galloway and beyond.

  3. Kilmartin Glen

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    Kilmartin

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

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glenfinnan

    Set amid superb Highland scenery, this monument is a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen.

  5. Bosta Iron Age House

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Bernera

    Bosta Iron Age Forts on the Isle of Lewis were discovered after a series of rescue excavations in 1996.

  6. Nelson Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Perched high on Calton Hill in the east end of the city centre, is the monument to Admiral Lord Nelson's victory, and death, at the battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

  7. Bishop's & Earl's Palaces

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 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.

  8. Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 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. Ruthwell Cross

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Dumfries

    Thought to date back to around AD 680, this magnificent cross is one of the most famous and elaborate Anglo-Saxon monumental sculptures.

  10. Doune Broch Centre

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Lewis

    This visitor centre is located on the hillside next to the Doune Broch, one of the best preserved Iron Age brochs in Scotland.

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