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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. Cairnholy

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    Explore the site of two remarkably complete Neolithic burial cairns at Cairnholy, south east of Creetown.

  2. 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.

  3. Highland Mary

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Dunoon

    Highland Mary is a statue located in the resort town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  4. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

    Type

    Historic Sites

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    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  5. Ness of Brodgar

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    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. MacDiarmid Memorial

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    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.

  7. Bosta Iron Age House

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Bernera

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

  8. The Helix

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Falkirk & Forth Valley

    The Helix is an exciting new parkland providing activities such as cycling, walking, watersports and much more. The Helix is also home to The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures which are a true feat of engineering.

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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.

  10. Scott Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 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.

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