Discover traces of the First World War

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It is almost impossible to imagine the magnitude of the impact of the First World War, both on Scotland and the rest of the world. In the 100 years since its outbreak, there are only a handful of individuals remaining who were alive at the time of the conflict, while those who actively engaged in it are no longer with us. But this period in history does not only endure in the pages of history and austere stone memorials.

There are places and attractions across the country where you can find connections to the First World War and gain a deeper understanding of its lasting legacy. From military relics and fascinating museums to well-known buildings which played a part on the Home Front, these are just some of the reminders of this turbulent time in history which can be seen in Scotland.

  • The Titan Crane © Andrew Lee Photography
    The Titan Crane © Andrew Lee Photography
  • Hoxa Batteries, Hoxa Head, Orkney
    Hoxa Batteries, Hoxa Head, Orkney
  • The airships R34 and NS7 flying overhead at the Royal Naval Air Station, East Fortune
    The airships R34 and NS7 flying overhead at the Royal Naval Air Station, East Fortune
The Titan Crane at Clydebank, Glasgow © Andrew Lee Photography

On the Home Front

Discover sites which played a role in the war effort of the First World War from former drills halls and factories to hospitals.

4 inch Quick-Firing on the Isle of Hirta, St Kilda, Orkney © Christine Walling

The war at sea

Find the locations of relics of Scotland’s naval defences and the site of one of the most dramatic incidents in naval history.

Lt. Harvey-Kelly (left of the Haystack) during his August 1914 flight from RFC Montrose to France © Imperial War Museum

Attack from the sky

The First World War introduced aerial warfare to Scotland. Discover places and attractions connected with the dawn of aviation.