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Dumfries & Galloway Explorer Pass

The key to unlocking hundreds of years of history at some of the top attractions in Dumfries & Galloway. The Dumfries & Galloway Explorer is the ideal way to enjoy the fantastic heritage offered in South West Scotland.

Sweetheart Abbey


Places to Visit:

  • With its moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of a medieval castle.
  • On an island in the River Dee stands Threave Castle, a massive 14th century tower built by Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway.
  • The majestic ruins of Sweetheart Abbey were founded in 1273 by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband John Balliol.
  • In full working order, the water-powered New Abbey Corn Mill operates regularly in summer months to demonstrate how corn is milled to produce flour.  A presentation video gives an insight into the miller’s life and trade.
  • Dundrennan Abbey was the retreat of Mary Queen of Scots after the battle of Langside.  She spent her last night here on Scottish soil in 1568.
  • Maclellan’s Castle The remains of a late 16th century residence demonstrates how the architecture of the period had evolved from the heavily defended tower house to a new more domestic scale.
  • The ancient home of the McCulloch’s, Cardoness Castle is a six-storey tower house dating back to the 15th century.  Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
  • Founded around 1192, Glenluce Abbey is situated in a beautiful and peaceful valley.  Its ruins include a 16th century chapter house and visitors can see an exhibition of objects excavated on the site.
  • Founded by St Ninian in the 5th century, Whithorn Priory & Museum is the site of Scotland’s first Christian church.

Please see the Regional Explorer Pass section on our Terms & Conditions page for further information.

How does the pass work?
Your pass will become valid after your first site visit and is valid for 30 consecutive days from first day of use. Multiple sites may be visited in any one day. Only one visit per site is permitted. This pass is non-refundable and must only be used by the named signatory.

Dumfries & Galloway Pass Prices
Adult £20.00
Concession £16.00
Child £12.00
Family £40.00

Adult:Individuals aged 16-59 yrs
Concession:       Aged 60yrs+, Students in full time education (on production of valid ID),
Unemployed (proof of Jobseekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Income Support required)
Child:Aged 5-15 yrs (under 5s admitted free) *
Family:Two adults plus up to 6 children aged 5-15 yrs

* Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Example of savings

Visit (Adult):
Caerlaverock Castle £5.50
Dundrennan Abbey £4.50
MacLellan's Castle £4.50
New Abbey Corn Mill £4.50
Sweetheart Abbey £4.50
Threave Castle £4.50
Total Cost £28.00

Dumfries Pass £20.00
SAVING £8.00

Contact us

Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44(0) 131 668 8999