Loch Trool, Galloway Forest Park


Robert the Bruce

Who was he?

Robert the Bruce paintingRobert the Bruce © Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Well, for starters, he is a ruler which the history books remember; many regard Robert the Bruce as being Scotland's most successful monarch. He was a nobleman from the south west of the country, who gained his nation's crown and won the country independence in the early 14th century.

Uncover his life and legacy

Want to get to know the man behind the legend? There's no better way to find out more about this King of Scots than by following in his footsteps.

Explore historic buildings, medieval abbeys, ruins, battlefields and caves across Scotland which played an important role in his life and see monuments dedicated to his memory. You can discover his homeland, Dumfries & Galloway, as well as other places he had connections with across the counry.

…it is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

Declaration of Arbroath 1320