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William Wallace Statue

A huge monument to the ‘Guardian of Scotland,’ with a great view over the Lowlands.

TravelCurious Tip

To reach the statue you must walk through the woodlands, so make sure you bring appropriate footwear

Found on the grounds of the Bemersyde estate, near Melrose in the Scottish Borders, this mighty statue commemorates the Scottish hero William Wallace. It was commissioned by David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, who Sir Walter Scott once described as a man whose "immense vanity obscured, or rather eclipsed, very considerable talents”. Among monuments like the Wallace statue and the Temple of the Muses, he also founded the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland.


Carved from red sandstone and erected in 1814, the statue stands at 31 feet high and depicts Wallace in full battle regalia, with his frankly ludicrous broadsword and St Andrew’s cross on his shield. Thankfully, it looks nothing like Mel Gibson. You can take the steps up to the top to enjoy a towering view over the Bemersyde gardens and the Scottish Borders.


Wallace’s Legend

Inscriptions at the foot of the statue read: “Wallace, great patriot hero, ill requited chief.” Although that is his position in Scottish mythology, actually very little is known about him outside of his military campaign of 1297-1298 and the weeks leading to his death in 1305. He only fought two battles, of which he won one and lost one, and then spent some time in France before he was betrayed and executed. Hollywood and some national epics have rather polished his story, creating a legend that reflect plucky underdog attributes: grit and independence.

Nearby Attractions

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Holyrood Palace
Holyrood Palace is the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland.
Rosslyn Chapel
Scotland's medieval masterpiece is among its most beautiful heritage attractions.
Roslin Castle
A grand semi-ruined castle overlooking the River Esk.
Melrose Abbey
Now part-ruined, lavish Melrose Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland, founded in 1136.
Scott's View
One of the favourite views of Sir Walter Scott, overlooking the valley of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.
Glenkinchie Distillery
A wonderful whisky distillery offering tours for a unique taste of Scotland's 'water of life.'

Related Tours

Day Trip from Edinburgh to Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose & the Borders
Scotland is a nation renowned for its natural beauty. On this full-day excursion to the Scottish Borders, discover the stunning architecture of Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Castle, and Melrose Abbey.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive to Roslin
  • Hear about the bloody battles and interesting discoveries at the village of Rosslyn 
  • Explore the mysterious interiors of Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Castle
  • Head into the heart of the Scottish Borders, towards the natural beauty of Melrose
  • Discover the beautiful architecture of Melrose Abbey 
  • Stop for a traditional Scottish lunch at Melrose (not included in price) 
  • Visit spectacular Scott's View 
  • Pay your respects at Sir William Wallace's memorial 
  • Round your day off at Glenkinchie Distillery, learning and sampling some of Glenkinchie's finest malts (not included in price) 
  • Enjoy a drive back to Edinburgh 
Mysterious Roslin

You will begin your tour with a short scenic drive to Roslin, a small village just 7 miles from Edinburgh. The tiny village of Roslin, is home to an amazing legacy of Templar knights, medieval conspiracies, and bloody battles.

Heralded as the eventual reliquary of the Holy Grail, the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel is full of exquisite medieval carvings depicting intriguing biblical, masonic, pagan and Templar themes, not found anywhere in the world. You will also have a chance to visit Roslin Castle, which remains an imposing shadow of its former glory.

The Scottish Borders and Beyond

You will then head into the heart of the Scottish Borders, to the town of Melrose, an area rich in hills, valleys and rivers - and birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens. Home to the lavish Melrose Abbey, founded in 660, you will explore the beautiful architecture and the fascinating lives of the medieval monks who lived and died here. In Melrose, your guide will recommend a spot for enjoying some traditional Scottish fare before you continue your tour. 

After lunch you will head to Scott’s View, one of the most spectacular vistas of Scotland. You will also have the opportunity to pay your respects to the huge monument to Scotland’s greatest warrior hero- Sir William Wallace. Intriguingly this massive monument was lost for eighty years, with no-one apparently remembering where it was. Rounding the day to warm your insides, visit to the charming Glenkinchie Distillery, one of few Lowland distilleries left in Scotland. Here you will learn about, and sample some of Glenkinchie's finest malts.

 Enjoy one of Scotland's treasured lowlands and enjoy the beauty of Scotland's natural landscapes, while marveling at several of its most world-renown sites. 
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