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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

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glenfinnan

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

  2. Cunninghame Graham Memorial

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Gartmore

    This unique cairn was erected in memory of the Scottish author Robert Cunninghame Graham in 1937 and contains stones from several South American nations.

  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. Ascog Fernery

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Rothesay

    Ascog Victorian Fernery and Gardens is a open to visitors from 10am to 5pm and we ask for a donation of 4 pounds per person with all proceeds going towards upkeep.

  5. 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.

  6. Earl's Palace

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    Historic Sites

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    Birsay

    The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.

  7. Old Scatness

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    South Mainland

    Welcome to Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village. Visit us between May and August for a look at Iron Age Shetland with excavated, and reconstructed buildings, living history demonstrations and tours.

  8. The Whithorn Story

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. The Helix

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Falkirk & Forth Valley

    The Helix is an exciting new parkland providing activities such as cycling, walking, watersports and much more. The Helix is also home to The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures which are a true feat of engineering.

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