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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. Castle Lachlan

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Strachur

    Discover the remains of the former stronghold of the MacLachlans, one of Scotland’s oldest clans.

  2. Hizzy Cairn

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Hawick

    This memorial to Steven Hislop, who claimed the British Superbike title in 1995 and 2002 is found near Teviothead in the Scottish Borders. Steven and his brother Garry and his father Sandy are all buried out at Southdean Cemetery.

  3. Soutra Aisle

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Pathhead

    Soutra Aisle dated 1686 is a family burial vault, constructed when the Scottish Church banned monuments inside churches.

  4. Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Orkney

    Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5,000 years old.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Brough of Birsay

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Birsay

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

  8. 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.

  9. Dwarfie Stane

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    Historic Sites

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    Hoy

    Welcome to Dwarfie Stane.

  10. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

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    Historic Sites

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    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

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