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Qualifying Learning Groups

Our free educational visits scheme is open to organised groups visiting our properties all year round. To qualify, visits must have a genuine educational purpose and bookings must be made at least 10 days in advance of your visit.

Groups That Qualify

  • Nursery, primary and secondary school groups from countries in the EU
  • After School Clubs
  • Recognised home educator groups in the European Union
  • School groups on an exchange visit to a school in the UK, only when accompanied by teachers and students from the host school
  • Groups from countries in the EU studying courses related to Scottish history, culture and tourism at universities and colleges of further and higher education
  • Groups of students on a UK student visa studying relevant courses on a full-time basis at a UK based educational establishment for a minimum of 1 semester
  • Groups from the UK studying accredited extra-mural or continuing education university courses related to Scottish history, culture and tourism
  • University of the Third Age
  • UK based Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies, and their junior equivalents, and Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade groups who are working towards a relevant badge
  • Organisations with an educational remit bringing groups of children, youths or adults with additional support needs, special learning needs or disabilities. This includes groups of refugees, asylum seekers and groups working towards Scottish Citizenship
  • Community Education Groups, Youth Groups, Local Authority Adult Education Courses and Skills/Work programmes focused on themes related to the work of Historic Scotland such as Tourism, Hospitality and Traditional Skills
  • Other qualifying Groups:
    • MOD Cadet groups
    • Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) groups

Groups That Don't Qualify

The following groups are not eligible for free visits under the Free Educational Visits Scheme:

  • Tour and coach operators
  • Third parties who arrange visits for education groups
  • English as a Foreign Language (ELF) groups and language schools
  • Organisers of study holidays arranged on a commercial basis between educational organisations, universities and holiday organisations
  • Organisations bringing groups of adults on leisure visits
  • Summer schools
  • Educational establishments outside the European Union
  • Those who do not apply in advance within required time limits

Contact us

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