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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. Soutra Aisle

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Pathhead

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

  2. The Whithorn Story

    Type

    Exhibitions

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    • 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.

  3. Sauchie Tower

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Alloa

    Sauchie Tower, also known as Devon Tower, is situated in the village of Fishcross in Clackmannanshire.

  4. Bishop's & Earl's Palaces

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 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....

  5. Bosta Iron Age House

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Bernera

    Bosta Iron Age Forts on the Isle of Lewis were discovered after a series of rescue excavations in 1996.

  6. Clava Cairns

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Clava Cairns are a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves; ring cairns, kerb cairn and standing stones in a beautiful setting.

  7. Scott Monument

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    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.

  8. Dwarfie Stane

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Hoy

    Welcome to Dwarfie Stane.

  9. National Wallace Monument

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stirling

    A national landmark, where visitors discover the life and legacy of the patriot and martyr Sir William Wallace. See Wallace’s legendary battle-sword - the centerpiece of the magnificent Hall of Heroes, and enjoy panoramic views from the Crown.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    South Ronaldsay

    Enjoy a unique hands-on link to the past. Visitor Centre talks, displays & artefacts guide you through 6000 years of Orkney's pre-history since the last Ice Age. Stunning coastal walk. Gift shop, hot drinks, snacks & picnic area.

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