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A year of days to remember at Scotland's top heritage sites - Membership, the perfect gift

9 November 2010


With Christmas fast approaching, here’s a great idea for a really special and imaginative gift for friends or family : a passport to a host of entertaining days out to remember.  

Enabling free, unlimited access all year round to a huge range of outstanding heritage attractions throughout the country, Historic Scotland Membership makes a perfect present.

Annual membership costs as little as £32 a year for concessions, with a family membership (two adults plus children) at just £76, so it’s excellent value.

And there couldn’t be a better time to buy membership as a present.  If you purchase gift membership online at the moment, you get an extra three months free.  So you only pay for 12 months’ membership but your gift’s recipient gets all the perks of membership for 15 months.

This special three months free offer, which runs until 31 December, is only available online.  Buying a gift membership couldn’t be simpler through, with all major credit cards accepted.  And existing Historic Scotland members buying someone a membership can take advantage of a 20% discount.

Once you’ve purchased a gift membership you can choose the special gift pack to be either sent directly to you or to the recipient, together with your personal message.

Historic Scotland Membership Manager Claire Smith said: “Membership really is the perfect gift for any occasion – and of course, it’s particularly good value at the moment with our three months’ free promotion.  

“By buying membership as a gift, you’re choosing a unique present. You’re giving 15 months’ worth of interesting, fun days out at a wonderful variety of amazing historic sites.  Each of these fascinating properties offers lots to see and do, whatever your interests or age.  The lasting memories your recipient will take away from their visits will be something they’ll really treasure.  And both you and your gift recipient can take pride in the knowledge that you’re supporting the preservation and protection of Scotland’s heritage properties.”

Membership gives unlimited free entry to all Historic Scotland sites – 345 in total -  from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders. In the North, these range from the awe-inspiring prehistoric village of Skara Brae, to the Neolithic tomb of Maeshowe, the medieval Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, the formidable 18th century Fort George, and the Georgian elegance of Duff House.  Central Scotland’s prime attractions include the majestic Stirling Castle, the spiritual pilgrimage centre of Iona Abbey, the idyllic ruins of Inchmahome Priory, and the fascinating Bonawe Iron Furnace.  And South region properties include the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, the picturesque Linlithgow Palace, the imposing ruined Border Abbeys, and the charming New Abbey Corn Mill.  

In addition to free entry to Historic Scotland properties, membership also offers:

Free entry to over 400 Historic Scotland daytime events, from living history and music, to battle re-enactments and spectacular jousting tournaments.

20% retail discount in all Historic Scotland shops.

Half-price entry to over 500 heritage attractions in England, Wales and the Isle of Man in your first year of membership - free entry when you renew.

Free quarterly magazine with news and features on our properties and sites, history and heritage conservation projects.

The opportunity to take part in members’ activities, from guided tours and lectures to lunches and concerts.

A membership pack containing your membership cards, handbook (with full details of all of our sites), and information on all your membership benefits.

An exclusive online area allowing you to manage and update your membership details.



  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland’s Membership Unit can be contacted on: 0131 668 8999.

Annual membership categories and costs are:

Adult:  One person aged 16-59 - £40.50
Adult plus children:  One person aged 16- 59 plus children (aged 5 to 15) - £45.50
2 Adults:  Two people aged 16-59 - £71
2 Adults plus children:  Two people aged 16-59 plus children (aged 5 to 15) - £76
Concession:  One person aged 60 or over, full time student,in receipt of state benefit, Young Scot card holder - £32
Concession plus children:  One person aged 60 or over, full time student,in receipt of state benefit, Young Scot card holder; plus children (aged 5 to 15) - £37
2 Concessions:  Two people where one or both are: aged 60 or over,full time student, in receipt of state benefit, Young Scot card holder - £56
2 Concessions plus children:   Two people where one or both are: aged 60 or over, full time student, in receipt of state benefit, Young Scot card holder; plus children (aged 5 to 15) - £61

For further information, interviews and images

Ellen Drummond Ferroni
0131 668 8685 / 07801 820757