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Scotland has an impressive six UNESCO World Heritage Sites which cover over 5,000 years of history from stone to steel.

History, heritage and archaeology touches every corner of this country; what makes these six places so significant? These sites have special importance for everyone, including those outside of Scotland and future generations. They represent unique (or the most significant or best) examples of the world’s cultural heritage and have been recognised by the United Nations.

People will travel thousands of miles to see World Heritage Sites with their own eyes, and we’re lucky enough to have six of them in our own backyard. From the iconic red paint of the Forth Bridge to the overwhelming stillness of the Maeshowe Chambered Cairn in Orkney, each of these places has their own story to tell.

You’ve probably already explored one or two of these sites, so you can check those off your list. Now the fun really begins! Which site will you visit next? Keep checking back to the list and tick your buckets as you go.

Edinburgh Old & New Town

Narrow closes and Grecian pillars are an everyday indulgence for anyone who chooses to live, work or play in Scotland’s capital.

The Forth Bridge

With its distinctive shape and rust-red paint, this Victorian engineering icon is spectacular from every angle.

The Antonine Wall

Turf ramparts, ditches and stone forts were the only thing that stood between Roman soldiers and the edge of their world.

St Kilda

After about 4,000 years of human occupation, the last residents of St Kilda were evacuated in 1930. Their way of life is now preserved in song and folklore.

New Lanark

Over 200 years ago, this cotton mill village was downright futuristic.

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