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Grab a free ticket to a top heritage attraction to celebrate St Andrew’s Weekend!

23 November 2012

Free tickets are still available for more than 40 of Scotland’s top heritage attractions to people who pre-register online as part of this year’s St. Andrew’s celebrations.

The ticket giveaway, which is being run by Historic Scotland, includes attractions such as Stirling Castle, recently voted the UK’s best loved heritage attraction by members of Which ? magazine and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.

Edinburgh Castle’s 10,000 free tickets have now all been allocated for the weekend of 1st and 2nd December however there are still lots of great sites across Scotland to explore.

Visitors need to register in advance at a special website

in order to download a free ticket for each person for the attraction they would like to visit over the weekend of Saturday 1st December and Sunday 2nd December 2012.

The Ticket Giveaway is part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals programme – which celebrates three of the country’s most distinctive festivals - St. Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at Historic Scotland said;

“This is a great way to enjoy some of Scotland’s best loved heritage attractions and uncover some hidden gems along the way.

“There is no limit on the number of sites that people can sign up for however there are some restrictions on the number of tickets available at certain sites to maintain a quality visitor experience.

“Visitors need to register in advance to gain free access so we’d advise people to sign up as soon as possible so that they don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit a great heritage attraction for free.”

  • People can register until 4pm on the day of their visit (Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd December) to access a free ticket however it is advisable to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment in obtaining tickets for the site you wish to visit. Please note that there are restrictions on the number of tickets available at some sites.

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                         Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858