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Tickets to some of Scotland’s best known heritage attractions up for grabs to celebrate St Andrew's Day!

25 November 2013

Pre-register by 5pm on the 29th November for chance to secure free entry to some of Scotland’s top heritage attractions

People planning a visit to some of Scotland’s top heritage attractions can still apply for the opportunity to secure free entry this St. Andrew’s weekend by pre-registering online.

35 Historic Scotland properties – including the newly refurbished renaissance palace at Stirling Castle once home to the young Mary, Queen of Scots, Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness and the magnificent borders abbeys are among those taking part in the great ticket giveaway, with tickets still available for several sites.

Visitors just need to pre-register online at before 5pm on the 29th November for the chance to secure free entry for up to two adults and three children.

The ticket giveaway is taking place as part of this year’s St. Andrew’s Day celebrations and applications can be made for either Saturday 30th November or Sunday 1st December.

In order to ensure a quality experience for visitors, the number of pre-registered tickets will be capped at each site. There is no limit to how many sites can be applied for, although visitors are being urged to be quick to register so they don’t miss out on the chance to visit a great historic property for free.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at Historic Scotland said;

“Tickets are going fast for this year’s ticket giveaway however there is still limited availability for some sites.

“This includes the opportunity to see the recently refurbished renaissance palace at Stirling Castle in all its glory or why not take a trip to one of the magnificent Borders abbeys?

“Fort George, the only property in our care that still performs its original purpose being both a historical, yet working army barracks, provides a fascinating insight into our military history.  Or why not visit Dumbarton Castle with its majestic views?

“Across Scotland there is a wealth of historical properties taking part so if your first choice isn’t available why not try somewhere new and pre-register online for the chance to enjoy a great day out?”

The ticket giveaway will close at 5pm on Friday, 29th November. For tickets and a full list of participating sites visit

For details of opening hours for individual sites, visit

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Ticket Giveaway is part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals programme. Follow events on Twitter with the hashtag #standrewsday

  • 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, inspiring our people and our visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity as Scotland prepares to welcome the world in 2014 and beyond. Find out more about Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty at

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For further information

Iona Matheson
Media & PR Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858