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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. Sauchie Tower

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Alloa

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

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. Bosta Iron Age House

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Bernera

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

  6. Soutra Aisle

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Pathhead

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

  7. Cunninghame Graham Memorial

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Bishop's & Earl's Palaces

    Type

    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....

  10. 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.

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