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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. Old Scatness

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    South Mainland

    Welcome to Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village. Visit us between May and August for a look at Iron Age Shetland with excavated, and reconstructed buildings, living history demonstrations and tours.

  2. 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.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glenfinnan

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

  4. Earl's Palace

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Birsay

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

  5. Banks Chambered Tombs

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

  6. Broch of Gurness

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Orkney

    The Broch of Gurness is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an Iron Age settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.

  7. The Whithorn Story

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    • 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.

  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. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Castle Kennedy, now a romantic ruin is believed to have been standing in the 14th Century however there are sadly no surviving pictures, since the Castle and virtually all its contents were destroyed by fire in 1716.

  10. Kilchurn Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    Lochawe

    Kilchurn Castle was built in the mid-1400s by Sir Colin Campbell, 1st Lord of Glenorchy.

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