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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. The Whithorn Story

    Type

    Exhibitions

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Whithorn

    Whithorn is a great place to spend a day learning all about the priory and the pilgrims who travelled here to honour St Ninian.

  2. Cultoon Stone Circle

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Bowmore

    Cultoon Stone Circle is located approximately 4 miles from Portnahaven on the Isle of Islay.

  3. MacDiarmid Memorial

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    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.

  4. Innermessan Mote

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Built in the 12th century by Norman Kings, Innermessan Mote rises above 30 feet and boasts a mesmerising history.

  5. Midhowe Chambered Tomb

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Rousay

    Welcome to Midhowe Chambered Tomb

  6. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Greenock

    Do one of the top 50 walks in Scotland - the circular 11km walk is reasonably level, with panoramic views of the Clyde. Start at Drumfrochar Station and then stop half way at the Visitor Centre for coffee and see the exhibition.

  7. Margaret Wilson Monument

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Standing in the Old Town Cemetery in Stirling, the monument commemorates the young Scottish Convenanter, Margaret Wilson.

  8. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  9. Earl's Palace

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Birsay

    The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.

  10. Dunragit - A Stone Age Temple

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Explore one of the most important Stone Age sites in Scotland, built in around 2500 BC and a meeting place for farming communities.

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