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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. MacDiarmid Memorial

    Type

    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.

  2. Cairnholy

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    Explore the site of two remarkably complete Neolithic burial cairns at Cairnholy, south east of Creetown.

  3. Scott Monument

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 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.

  4. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Take a walk along the footpath leading to the castellated Agnew Monument, built in 1850 in memory of Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw Castle.

  5. Rosslyn Chapel

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Roslin

    Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.

  6. 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.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glenfinnan

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

  8. Highland Mary

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Dunoon

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

  9. Broch of Gurness

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Orkney

    The Broch of Gurness is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an Iron Age settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.

  10. Doune Broch Centre

    Type

    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.

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