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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. Dunragit - A Stone Age Temple

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Explore one of the most important Stone Age sites in Scotland, built in around 2500 BC and a meeting place for farming communities.

  2. 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.

  3. Innermessan Mote

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Built in the 12th century by Norman Kings, Innermessan Mote rises above 30 feet and boasts a mesmerising history.

  4. Cairn To Robert The Bruce

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Taynuilt

    The Cairn to Robert the Bruce can be found near Lochawe railway station, 2 miles west of Dalmally on the A85.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Orkney

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

  10. Brough of Birsay

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Birsay

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

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