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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. Ruthwell Cross

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Thought to date back to around AD 680, this magnificent cross is one of the most famous and elaborate Anglo-Saxon monumental sculptures.

  3. Highland Mary

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    Highland Mary is a statue located in the resort town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  4. Doune Broch Centre

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Lewis

    This visitor centre is located on the hillside next to the Doune Broch, one of the best preserved Iron Age brochs in Scotland.

  5. Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 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.

  6. Scott Monument

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 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.

  7. Torhouse Stone Circle

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Wigtown

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

  8. Nelson Monument

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Perched high on Calton Hill in the east end of the city centre, is the monument to Admiral Lord Nelson's victory, and death, at the battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

  9. Rosslyn Chapel

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Roslin

    Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.

  10. 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.

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