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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. Earl's Palace

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    Historic Sites

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    Birsay

    The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.

  2. Torhouse Stone Circle

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Wigtown

    Discover the mystical Torhouse Stone Circle near Wigtown, also known as the Standing Stones of Torhouse.

  3. Tap O'Noth

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Huntly

    This major evaluation project of an Iron Age and early historic fort is found in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire.

  4. MacDiarmid Memorial

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    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.

  5. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Castle Kennedy, now a romantic ruin is believed to have been standing in the 14th Century however there are sadly no surviving pictures, since the Castle and virtually all its contents were destroyed by fire in 1716.

  6. Soutra Aisle

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Pathhead

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

  7. Hizzy Cairn

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Hawick

    This memorial to Steven Hislop, who claimed the British Superbike title in 1995 and 2002 is found near Teviothead in the Scottish Borders. Steven and his brother Garry and his father Sandy are all buried out at Southdean Cemetery.

  8. Portpatrick - Old Church

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Portpatrick

    Whilst exploring the beautiful village of Portpatrick, stop by the Old Church which is thought to be medieval.

  9. 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.

  10. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

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