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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. Brough of Birsay

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Birsay

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

  2. MacDiarmid Memorial

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    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.

  3. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Armadale

    Discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan, at our award-winning museum.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    South Mainland

    The Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlements in Shetland are one of the most important and inspirational archaeological sites in Scotland.

  5. Nelson Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 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.

  6. Torhouse Stone Circle

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Wigtown

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

  7. Scott Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 3 Historic Attraction
    3 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. The Helix

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Falkirk & Forth Valley

    The Helix project is transforming 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into an exciting new parkland which will include The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures.

  9. Highland Mary

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Dunoon

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

  10. Murray's Monument

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    The steep climb up to Murray’s Monument is well worth the effort, offering amazing views of Galloway and beyond.

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