5 Ruins and Prehistoric Sites Every Scotland Traveller Should See

Boats on Loch Tay | © Chris Fleming/Flickr
Boats on Loch Tay | © Chris Fleming/Flickr
Photo of Tasnim Nazeer
Freelance Journalist22 November 2017

Scotland has a wealth of history and culture to enjoy, from mysterious ruins to prehistoric sites. There are many different prehistoric sites and ruins in Scotland. Here are our top picks of the five ruins and prehistoric sites that every Scotland traveller should visit.

Scottish Crannog Centre

Scottish Crannog Centre | © Steve Hodgson /Flickr

The Scottish Crannog Centre is an ancient Loch dwelling on Loch Tay where you can visit the iron age dwelling and also go on guided tours. This place shows you just what the iron-age was like and takes you back in time to experience the archeological sights. Set in the beautiful Perthshire area of Scotland, this is a must-visit for anyone who wants to be entertained, informed and enjoy the wonderful surrounding area.

The Standing Stones of Stenness

Stenness Stone Circle | © Jeff Hart/Flickr

Orkney Mainland is home to these ancient prehistoric tombs of stones in the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae. If you want to visit something eerie but beautiful, these stones set amongst a breathtaking landscape are sure to please any adventurous traveller.

Kilmartin Glen

Kilmartin Glen | © Christian Hacker/Flickr

Kilmartin Glen is the location of two distinct prehistoric stone circles that date back to the era of 3000-1200 B.C. The stones are set among beautiful landscapes and nature that will take your breath away. There is a museum and cafe and guided tours are available if you want to make a visit to this must-see ancient landscape.

The Brochs Glenelg

Glenelg 2017 | © Laura Del/Flickr

These prehistoric stones are called The Brochs. Situated amongst a stunning landscape you will find the two brochs, Dun Trodden and Dun Telve. This area has some of the best views of the mainland with the first century homesteads. The Brochs are also near to Fort William and Sheil Bridge.

The Village St Kilda

120 The Village, Hirta, St Kilda | © Mark Hodgson/Flickr

These medieval ruins are situated in the picturesque Scottish village of St Kilda. We know very little about the people of St Kilda, however they left an amazing contribution to history with the number of ruins and dwellings that were rebuilt over time. Take the time out to have a look at the village and step into the past.

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