Discover the origins of the most famous document in Scottish history. Scotland’s nobles swore independence from England in a letter sent from Arbroath Abbey in 1320.
Marvel at the only episcopal palace ever built in Norse Scotland and its stunning Renaissance neighbour.
Delve into a site that saw a great deal of action during the Wars of Independence with England. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, was hotly fought over.
Get up close to an Iron Age complex said to be one of Scotland’s finest examples of a later prehistoric settlement.
Cross the moat to find yourself in a fairytale setting, complete twin-towered gatehouse and lofty battlements.
Learn about the lawlessness of the McCullochs, for whom this elegant six-storey tower house was built.
Seek out the unusual defences of the last great private stronghold built in Scotland, including its rare caponier or shooting gallery.
Contrast the peacefulness of the abbey with the conflict that the monks’ loyalty to Robert the Bruce attracted.
Visit a stronghold that stood at the heart of an ancient kingdom covering the area now known as Strathclyde.
See the mighty hilltop castle built by Robert II in the 1370s, soon after he came to the Scottish throne.
Visit the secluded spot where Mary Queen of Scots sheltered during her last hours in Scotland.
Get a sense of the standing of the Lindsay family from the beauty of their lordly seat and its great garden.