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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. MacDiarmid Memorial

    Type

    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.

  2. Lochmaben Castle

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Lockerbie

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

  3. Midhowe Chambered Tomb

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Rousay

    Welcome to Midhowe Chambered Tomb

  4. Gradings

    Killin

    Owned by the MacNab Memorial Trust, this island contains the ancient burial ground of Clan MacNab who lived in the surroundings areas for almost a millennium.

  5. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Greenock

    Do one of the top 50 walks in Scotland - the circular 11km walk is reasonably level, with panoramic views of the Clyde. Start at Drumfrochar Station and then stop half way at the Visitor Centre for coffee and see the exhibition.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Gilmerton Cove

    Type

    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.

  9. Black Hill

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Lanark

    Black Hill is the site of a Bronze Age burial cairn and was once an Iron Age hill fort.

  10. Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Orkney

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

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