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We have created a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.

How to Book

Book a Free Education Visit *

Search our places to visit page and decide where you want to go. Visits must be pre-booked at least 10 days in advance in order to qualify.

* Please note this scheme applies to all sites, except:
  • Edinburgh and Stirling Castles (May - August, entry charges apply due to high visitor numbers: £2 per learner aged 15 and under, full rates for ages 16+)
  • School groups visiting Stirling Castle in May and June are exclusive to our Schools Programme so early booking is recommended
  • Kinnaird Head Lighthouse and the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses (£1 per learner year round)

To visit Edinburgh and Stirling Castles call Learning Services on 0131 652 8155 / 8156 or email

To visit all other properties call the site directly. Contact details can be found by searching the places to visit page.

Book a free planning Visit

Free planning visits are available to support your visit. To arrange at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles call 0131 652 8155/8156, or phone all other properties direct.

Book a Schools Activity

Search our Schools Activity Programme and unless otherwise stated in the activity information call Learning Services on 0131 652 8155 / 8156 to check availability and book. Please have the name of the activity you wish to book ready when you call. Popular activities go quickly so be sure to book early!

Booking Checklist

To help us provide you with the best services please have the following information to hand when making a booking:

  • The name of the property you wish to visit
  • The preferred dates and times for your visit
  • The name, address and contact details of your school or organisation
  • The name and contact details of the group leader
  • The number and age range of the group
  • The number of supervisory adults who will be in attendance
  • The reason for your visit/topic of study
  • Details of any additional support needs your group or any member of your group might have and the help they might need on the day
  • If you would like to book a free planning visit
  • If you are applying for a Scottish schools travel subsidy

Contact us

Learning Services
Historic Scotland
Holyrood Park Educ. Centre
1 Queen’s Drive
Tel: +44 (0)131 652 8155