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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. 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.

  2. Earl's Palace

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    Historic Sites

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    Birsay

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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    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.

  6. Tap O'Noth

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Huntly

    This major evaluation project of an Iron Age and early historic fort is found in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire.

  7. 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.

  8. Brough of Birsay

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Birsay

    The Brough of Birsay features the remains of a busy complex of Pictish, Norse and later settlements around Birsay Bay.

  9. Torhouse Stone Circle

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Wigtown

    Discover the mystical Torhouse Stone Circle near Wigtown, also known as the Standing Stones of Torhouse.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    South Ronaldsay

    Enjoy a unique hands-on link to the past. Visitor Centre talks, displays & artefacts guide you through 6000 years of Orkney's pre-history since the last Ice Age. Stunning coastal walk. Gift shop, hot drinks, snacks & picnic area.

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