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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. Kirkcolm - Viking Carved Stones

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    Stranraer

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

  2. Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Orkney

    Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5,000 years old.

  3. Scott Monument

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    • 2 Historic Attraction
    2 Historic Attraction

    Edinburgh

    On the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832, the great and good of the city came together to agree on a fitting monument to this outstanding Scottish literary figure.

  4. Dunagoil Vitrified Fort

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    Bute

    Discover this ancient Iron-Age fort located at the southern end of the Isle of Bute.

  5. MacDiarmid Memorial

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Langholm

    Overlooking the town of Langholm, this memorial takes the form of a giant metal open book and is dedicated to the poet Hugh MacDiarmid.

  6. Nelson Monument

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 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.

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Armadale

    Discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan, at our award-winning museum.

  8. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

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    Historic Sites

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    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  9. 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.

  10. Knap of Howar

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    Historic Sites

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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.

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