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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

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Birsay

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

  2. Dunragit - A Stone Age Temple

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Explore one of the most important Stone Age sites in Scotland, built in around 2500 BC and a meeting place for farming communities.

  3. Cairn To Robert The Bruce

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Taynuilt

    The Cairn to Robert the Bruce can be found near Lochawe railway station, 2 miles west of Dalmally on the A85.

  4. 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.

  5. Hizzy Cairn

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    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.

  6. Nelson Monument

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 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. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Armadale

    Discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan, at our award-winning museum.

  8. 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....

  9. Ness of Brodgar

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stenness

    The Ness of Brodgar is the excavation of a massive Neolithic walled enclosure that contains numerous well preserved monumental stone buildings on an unparalleled scale –best known from its media coverage as Orkney’s Neolithic Cathedral’.

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