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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. Murray's Monument

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    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.

  2. Scott Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 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.

  3. 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.

  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. Innermessan Mote

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stranraer

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

  6. 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.

  7. Sauchie Tower

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Alloa

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

  8. Kilmartin Glen

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Kilmartin

    Kilmartin Glen is located between Oban and Lochgilphead, surrounding the village of Kilmartin, on the west of Scotland.

  9. Doune Broch Centre

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Lewis

    This visitor centre is located on the hillside next to the Doune Broch, one of the best preserved Iron Age brochs in Scotland.

  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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