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Burns Monument

Enormous, 70' high, Grecian-style memorial to the poet Robert Burns, erected by subscription in 1823 and surrounded by attractive gardens. Nearby is the Brig o' Doon, Alloway Auld Kirk, Burns' Birthplace Museum and Cottage.

Photo: tormentor4555 via Wikipedia.

Location/Address: Burns Memorial Gardens
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA7 4PQ
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Useful Website Address: Burns Museum website (NTS)
Tip/Nearby: Brig o' Doon, Alloway Auld Kirk, Burns' cottage and museum all within walking dostance. Park at museum.
Primary Management: National Trust for Scotland

A 17th century residence (possibly the original Maxwell House?!), built inside a forbidding triangular medieval fortress, surrounded by a romantic moat, besieged by the English, ruined by religion. Plus a colony of Natterjack toads AND the site of an earlier castle.

What more could you ask?

It is about 6 miles south of Dumfries off the B725.  Follow the A75 west from the M6/M74.

Location/Address: Glencaple
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Post Code: DG1 4RU
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Caerlaverock Castle
Tip/Nearby: Sweetheart Abbey
Primary Management: Historic Scotland

Named for the mountain Cairn Gorm, the Cairngorm National Park in North East Scotland is Britain’s largest - twice as big as the Lake District - and most remote. Though famed for its mountains, it is actually a diverse area of area of 1748 square miles which includes castles, distilleries and a whole lot more - as well as being home to some of Britain's rarest animals. And it is one of the few places in the UK that offers skiing on real snow.

Location/Address: Cairngorms National Park Authority
14 The Square
County: Moray
Post Code: PH26 3HG
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
CALLANISH Standing Stones

The Callanish (or Calanais in Gaelic) Standing Stones is a complex of 50 stones in a cruciform arrangement roughly aligned north-south, with an inner circle of 13 stones and a small chambered cairn. They date from 3000BC and there are several other prehistoric sites nearby, including 3 additional circles. As with other stone circles in Britain, there is no satisfactory explanation for the purpose of these monuments - though, according to tradition they are petrified giants.

There is a modern visitor centre managed by Urras nan Tursachan (The Standing Stones Trust).

Location/Address: Calanais Visitor Centre
Isle of Lewis
County: Western Isles
Post Code: HS2 9DY
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Tip/Nearby: Other prehistoric sites - details tba
Primary Management: Historic Scotland

Calton Hill, at the east end of Edinburgh City, is a landmark that is included within the boundary of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It is home to a number of monuments, not least the unfinished National Monument and the Dugald Stewart Monument and is used for casual strolling as well as celebratory events. There are panoramic views from the top.

Location/Address: Edinburgh
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH7 5AA
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: A postcard from Calton Hill
Tip/Nearby: Edinburgh City Observatory, Holyrood
Primary Management: Local Authority

This was the ancestral stronghold of the Menzies clan from the 16th - 19th centuries. It was occupied by Jacobite rebels in 1715 and 1745 and, in 1746, Charles Edward Stuart - Bonnie Prince Charlie - the Young Pretender - stayed at Castle Menzies on his way to defeat at Culloden. 4 days later, the Duke of Cumberland, commander of the Government forces in hot pursuit of the rebels, stopped by too.

In 1957, the castle was purchased as a ruin for just £300 by the Menzies Clan Society who have proceeded to, very gradually, restore it. It is somewhere between a mansion and a fortress. It has a walled garden too, though the website suggests this may not be particularly well kept. It is also possible to visit the Old Kirk of Weem - the Menzies Mausoleum - in the nearby village of Weem.

Location/Address: Weem
Nr Aberfeldy
County: Perthshire
Post Code: PH15 2JD
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Useful Website Address: Menzies Castle website
Tip/Nearby: Aberfeldy
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

A stone marks the spot claimed to be the centre of Scotland. It is on the Glen Truim road, between the A889 and the A9, part of the 250 mile network of military roads built for the Government by General Wade after the Jacobite rising of 1715. This section was built in 1719 and is a section of the road between Fort Augustus and Ruthven Barracks at Kingussie. The stone replaces an earlier marker and was unveiled on 5th June 2015.

Post code is approximate.

Location/Address: Glentruim Road
3 miles south of Newtonmore
County: Highland
Post Code: PH20 1BE
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: In the middle of Scotland
Useful Website Address: Newtonmore Community website
Tip/Nearby: Highland Folk Museum, Macpherson Clan Museum, Ruthven Barracks
Primary Management: National Park

A small, but fascinating, museum dedicated to the history of the Macpherson clan, though also relating to the Highlands in general. There is a surprising amount to see. Learn about one of the last Jacobites and the story behind Macpherson's lament…

Location/Address: Main Street
County: Highland
Post Code: PH20 1DE
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Useful Website Address: Clan Macpherson Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Highland Folk Museum, Highland Wildlife Park
Primary Management: Other

There are actually two parts to the Clava Cairns prehistoric complex. At Balnuaran are three well-preserved burial chambers, two with entrance passages, each one surrounded by standing stones. The cairns are of a type found in the Moray/Inverness region. They were built c2000BC, almost certainly for high standing individuals, and appear to align with the midwinter sunset. The cemetery was reused about 1,000 years after it was built. At Milton of Clava, down the road, is the remains of a medieval chapel, the site of another cairn and, possibly, standing stones.

Location/Address: Nr Culloden
County: Highland
Post Code: IV2 5EU
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: Clava Cairns
Useful Website Address: Information from Historic Scotland
Tip/Nearby: Culloden Battlefield, Fort George
Primary Management: Historic Scotland

A memorial in a dramatic Highland setting, unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1952, to all the officers and men of the commandos who gave their lives in the Second World War, and who trained in the moors and mountains nearby. A garden of remembrance was subsequently added, where veterans' ashes could be scattered. It is also used for those who died in more recent conflicts, for example the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan. The main monument depicts three WW2 Commandos in battledress, looking over the Nevis mountain range. The memorial receives thousands of visitors and is situated about a mile to the north west of Spean Bridge, at the junction of the A82 and B8004. There is parking.

Location/Address: Nr Spean Bridge
County: Highland
Post Code: PH34 4EG
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry, Ben Nevis
Primary Management: Local Authority
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