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Young People

Scotland’s Historic Environment is full of inspiring places providing exciting opportunities for young people to discover their own heritage, engage with stories and characters from the past, be inspired creatively and learn new skills for life and work.

Visits provide excellent opportunities for outdoor learning and experiences outside of a traditional classroom setting, support Curriculum for Excellence, national and vocational qualifications and offer fun experiences which promote health and wellbeing.

Education visits for schools, FE Colleges, Universities and Youth Work Organisations are free of charge, free planning visits enable group leaders to get the most from a visit and access is available for groups with additional support needs.

Our team of Learning Development Officers can offer advice on how to get the most from a visit or discuss potential projects. On site resources such as replica handling objects and costumes help bring the past to life and create fun and memorable experiences.

How to find out more

Check our places to visit page to find out more about Historic Scotland sites in your local area or contact Learning Services to discuss how we can best support the needs of your group.

Get a flavor of what you could do from the examples below:

Building Confidence
Initiatives like our Linlithgow Palace Summer Tour Guide scheme enable young people to develop as confident individuals


Learn New Skills
Gorse cutting in Holyrood Park. Our Historic Scotland Rangers promote outdoor skills through schemes such as Junior Rangers and Duke of Edinburgh


Get Creative
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with professionals from across the creative arts like this youth project at Caerlaverock Castles during the Big Draw


New Technology
Learning Lab at Stirling Castle has all the latest tech. Young people from the ‘Getting Started’ group used Ipads to create ghostly images around the castle.


Travel & Tourism
Did you know Historic Scotland is the largest operator of paid for visitor attractions in Scotland? Tourism students from Cardonald College created a mobile app for Edinburgh Castle


Contact us

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