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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. Gradings

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Broch of Gurness

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 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.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glenfinnan

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

  5. Portpatrick - Old Church

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Portpatrick

    Whilst exploring the beautiful village of Portpatrick, stop by the Old Church which is thought to be medieval.

  6. Tap O'Noth

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Huntly

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

  7. Gilmerton Cove

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Edinburgh

    Delve deep into the past into one of Edinburgh's most intriguing and enigmatic sites and discover Edinburgh's best kept secret.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    South Mainland

    The Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlements in Shetland are one of the most important and inspirational archaeological sites in Scotland.

  9. Lochmaben Castle

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Lockerbie

    Lochmaben's magnificent ruins are a fine example of a 14th-century Z-plan Scottish tower house.

  10. Scott Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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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.

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