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Historic Scotland launches St. Andrew’s Weekend Ticket Giveaway

14 November 2012

Over 40 of Scotland’s top heritage attractions will be giving away thousands of free tickets to people who pre-register online as part of this year’s St. Andrew’s celebrations.

                       Sisters Eilidh Lamb, age 9 and Ceit Lamb, age 10 launching the St Andrew’s Weekend Ticket Giveaway

The ticket giveaway, which is being run by Historic Scotland, includes attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s number one paid for tourist attraction, the newly refurbished renaissance palace at Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.

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.

Edinburgh Castle will have a limit of 5,000 tickets and Stirling Castle will have a limit of 3,500  over the weekend, in order to ensure that visitors have the best possible experience.

Edinburgh Castle and St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral will once again be free to walk up visitors on Friday 30th November. This is to provide visitors with the opportunity to view the Honours of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny on Scotland’s national day which both reside at Edinburgh Castle.

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.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “This is a great  opportunity for people to get out and about and explore their history and heritage, during the St. Andrews celebrations.

“Edinburgh Castle was voted the top UK Heritage Attraction at the recent British Travel Awards for the second year running and Stirling Castle was voted the best Visitor Attraction at the Thistle Awards and the best-loved UK attraction by readers of Which? magazine. These are fantastic accolades which showcase the continued appeal of some of our most well known historic attractions to visitors both at home and around the globe.

“But there are also lots of fantastic hidden gems taking part, making this a great opportunity to find out more about Scotland’s rich and varied past.”

For tickets and a full list of participating sites visit

Picture Caption
Sisters Eilidh Lamb, age 9 and Ceit Lamb, age 10 In the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle launching the St Andrew’s Weekend Ticket Giveaway

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

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866