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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. Nelson Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 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.

  2. Broch of Gurness

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 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.

  3. Bishop's & Earl's Palaces

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 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.

  4. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

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    Historic Sites

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    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  5. Dunskey Castle

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Portpatrick

    The magnificent ruins of Dunskey Castle are picturesquely perched on a rocky outcrop jutting out into the Irish Sea.

  6. Lochmaben Castle

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    Historic Sites

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    Lockerbie

    Lochmaben's magnificent ruins are a fine example of a 14th-century Z-plan Scottish tower house.

  7. Margaret Wilson Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Stirling

    Standing in the Old Town Cemetery in Stirling, the monument commemorates the young Scottish Convenanter, Margaret Wilson.

  8. Brough of Birsay

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Birsay

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

  9. Cultoon Stone Circle

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Bowmore

    Cultoon Stone Circle is located approximately 4 miles from Portnahaven on the Isle of Islay.

  10. Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Sandwick

    The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe.

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