9 lesser-know historic gems of Scotland that are worth a visit

Scotland is packed with world-famous historic sites that tell the nation’s story but there are lots of lesser-known places that offer an equally important tale from the country’s past.

Monday, 21st January 2019, 6:20 pm
Updated Monday, 21st January 2019, 6:28 pm

We asked readers to put forward their historic ‘hidden gems’ that are well worth a look. Here we look at nine places that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Reader Sar Ah recommended a visit the deserted township of Rosal in Naver forest, Dornoch, given it was "steeped in lesser-known Scottish history". It was cleared of its residents between 1814 and 1818.
Reader Donald MacKenzie recommended a trip to Kilmartin Glen in Argyll where a spectacular collection of rock art, which was left by our prehistoric ancestors some 5,000 years ago, can be found.

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One of the most unusual castles in Scotland, the medieval stronghold of Caerlaverock is surrounded by water and a set of triangular defensive walls.
This pair of large Iron Age hill forts sit about 1km apart on adjacent hills overlooking Strathmore and likely served as both military and ceremonial centres. A great afternoon can be spent walking between the two.
Dunfermline is the former royal centre for Scotland with the abbey the final resting place of several Scots kings and queens, including Malcom III, his wife St Margaret and Robert the Bruce. Charles I was born there in 1600 .
The ancient administrative centre of the Lords of the Isles is well worth a visit to understand how the Hebrides was ruled from the 13th to 15th Centuries.
The old township of Auchindrain in Argyll stands much as it did in the 1700s. Incredibly, the the community survived until 1963 and offers a unique insight into the old ways of Scotland.
Designed by William Adam in 1732, Haddo House is one of Scotlands grandest Palladian-style country mansions and is stacked full of art and antiques. It is also surrounded by 80 hectares of glorious Aberdeenshire countryside. .
Accessible only by boat, the forbidding fortress of Threave Castle was built by feared nobleman Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway, in 1369. Ring a bell on the banks of the river to call the boatman.