Historic Sites in Scotland

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in Scotland and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Scotland and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Scotland you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in Scotland, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our Explore page.

Historical sites in Scotland: Regional Index

Scotland: Site Index

Ardoch Roman Fort

Braco Fort - A Roman Fort - fantastic 6 foot high ditches can still be seen although there is now no remaining wooden or stone at all. But this is one of my favourite Roman sites in Scotland

Photo by Bert Kaufmann (cc)

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle has been the official Highlands home of the British royal family since the reign of Queen Victoria.

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Bannockburn Battlefield

Bannockburn Battlefield was the site where Scottish leader Robert the Bruce defeated the English, repelling their attempts to control Scotland and once again affirming its sovereignty.

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Bar Hill Fort

Bar Hill Fort was one of the Roman forts along The Antonine Wall.

Battle of Drumclog

The Battle of Drumclog was fought on June 1st, 1679 at Drumclog in South Lanarkshire between the army of John Graham of Claverhouse and a group of Covenanters.

Bearsden Bath House

The Bearsden Bath House was a Roman bath complex which would have served a fort of The Antonine Wall.

Photo by Bert Kaufmann (cc)

Bothwell Castle

Bothwell Castle is a ruined medieval stronghold near Glasgow which played a role in the Wars of Independence.

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Caerlaverock Castle

Set in truly jaw-dropping Scottish countryside, Caerlaverock Castle was an important fortification, providing defence for the Scottish crown in a period of deep rooted rivalry with England.

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Callanish Stones

The Callanish Stones are a collection of Neolothic standing stones on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

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Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle played host to Mary Queen of Scots.

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Crichton Castle

Crichton Castle is a distinctive fourteenth century castle.

Croy Hill

Croy Hill was the site of one of the Roman forts of The Antonine Wall.

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Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield was the site of the final battle of the Jacobite uprising and resulted in the defeat of the Jacobites by government forces.

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Dirleton Castle

Dirleton Castle was an imposing medieval fortress and noble residence, which is now a picturesque ruin not far from Edinburgh.

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Doune Castle

Doune Castle in Perthshire, central Scotland is a 14th century military stronghold built by Robert Stewart, Regent Albany and includes one of the best-preserved great halls in the whole of Scotland.

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Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle served as a wartime prison, a royal shelter and a defence against both foreign and local threats.

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Dumfries House

Dumfries House is a beautiful Palladian stately home in Scotland, particularly noted for its collection of original 18th-century furniture.

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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace was a royal residence and the final resting place of many a Scottish monarch.

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Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunstaffnage Castle is a medieval stronghold once captured by Robert the Bruce.

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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a medieval fortress and royal castle turned national monument and World Heritage site.

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Falkland Palace

Falkland Palace was the country retreat and hunting lodge of the royal Stuart dynasty.

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Glamis Castle

A magnificent castle in Glamis, Scotland, the French chateau styling and the historic setting provides an excellent day out.

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Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most impressive surviving medieval structures.

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Hailes Castle

Hailes Castle was a medieval stronghold, the pretty ruins of which date back mostly to the fourteenth century.

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Holyroodhouse Palace

Holyroodhouse Palace is the Scottish royal residence famed as having been home to Mary Queen of Scots.

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Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey is a well-preserved twelfth century Augustinian monastery turned abbey located in an important defensive position.

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Inchmahome Priory

Inchmahome Priory was a medieval monastery which once sheltered a young Mary Queen of Scots.

Photo by Historvius

Kinneil House and Museum

Kinneil Estate is a fantastic historic site, centred around the 15th century Kinneil House. Also at the site are a Roman fortlet, the ruins of a medieval church, a museum and the cottage of inventor James Watt.

Liberton Tower

Liberton Tower is a 15th century tower in Edinburgh.

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Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and host to most of the Stuart kings.

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Lochleven Castle

Lochleven Castle was a medieval stronghold most renowned for being the prison of Mary Queen of Scots.

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National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland has a diverse collection of artefacts and pieces relating to the history and culture of Scotland.

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Rothesay Castle

Rothesay Castle is a distinctive medieval ruin with strong links to the royal Stewart dynasty.

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Scone Palace

Scone Palace was once the coronation site of the Kings of Scotland and today operates as an historic house and garden.

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Skara Brae

Skara Brae is Northern Europe’s best preserved Neolithic village and a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Orkney Isles.

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is an iconic royal palace, a medieval stronghold and a focal point for many of the most important events in Scotland’s history.

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Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle was the imposing medieval stronghold of an influential Scottish family.

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The Antonine Wall

The Antonine Wall was a Roman defensive wall, the remains of which can now be seen in Scotland.

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Torphichen Preceptory

Torphichen Preceptory was an important base in Scotland for the Knights Hospitaller.

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Trimontium Museum

The Roman fort of Trimontium no longer stands, but the nearby museum uses artefacts and replicas to tell a story of a military power and the struggles that took place on the border with Scotland.