10 Ancient Sites in Scotland to Visit in 2023

When thinking about ancient sites in Scotland you’re probably thinking of standing stones on a desolate moorland. It can be that but did you know that there’s actually a lot more to Scotland’s ancient ruins? 

Callanish (sometimes known as the Gaelic word Calanais) is probably one of the most well known stone circle sites in Scotland and it’s been recently used as inspiration in many films and tv series. 

1. Callanish Standing Stones

The Clava Cairns are a really interesting site and it’s another Outlander location that is said to have inspired Craigh na Dun in the book series so it’s often visited by fans.

2. Clava Cairns

Skara Brae is the most well known of the ancient sites on Orkney and a Scottish World Heritage UNESCO site. It’s a prehistoric village which was discovered in the late Victorian period.

3. Skara Brae

Just 5 miles down the road and a 10 minute drive from Skara Brae is the Ring of Brodgar. So it makes sense to combine these sites in a full on day of ancient goodness!

4. Ring of Brodgar

There are only 4 of the huge standing stones left out of the original 12 and it’s not as well preserved as many other sites but still impressive nonetheless.  These stones are massive! 

5. Stones of Stenness

The Crannog centre in Perthshire aims to recreate what life was like in the Iron Age in a crannog which is an ancient loch dwelling. 

6. Crannog Centre

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