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Give a year full of great days out

4 December 2009


Need an idea for a special Christmas present for friends or family?  How about a gift which lasts all year and gives unlimited free access to over 70 of Scotland’s top visitor attractions?

By giving Historic Scotland Membership, you’ll be giving a series of lasting memories of fun days out – and a present which really will be appreciated.

Membership costs as little as £30 a year for concessions, with a family membership (two adults plus children) costing just £74.

Buying a gift membership couldn’t be simpler through Historic Scotland’s website: and all major credit cards are accepted.

And if you purchase a gift membership online at the moment, a special promotion means that you get an extra three months free.  That means your gift recipient gets 15 months’ membership and you only pay the cost of 12 months.

A promotion earlier this year prompted Membership numbers to grow to 100,000 plus.  The offer proved particularly attractive to the Scottish market as it offered a year round solution to a ‘day out’, for a great value price.

There’s also a 20% discount for existing Historic Scotland members purchasing a new annual membership as a gift.

Claire Smith, Historic Scotland Membership Manager said: “Membership offers fantastic value for money with a great range of benefits at any time of year, and at the moment, our special online offer of three months free means it’s an even better buy.

“Purchasing gift membership means you’re choosing a really special present – it represents a year’s worth of great days out at Scotland’s best heritage attractions.  And members can take pride in the knowledge that they’re contributing to the preservation and protection of the amazing 345 properties in Historic Scotland’s care.”

Membership gives unlimited free entry to all Historic Scotland properties and sites from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders.  And with these totaling 345, there’s certainly plenty to choose from.  In the North, they 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.

Each of these fascinating historic attractions is unique, promising a great day out, with plenty to see and do, whatever your interests or age.

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 on-site shops and online shop - includes books, clothing and gifts.

  • Half-price entry to over 500 heritage attractions in England, Wales and the Isle of Man in your first year of membership - free entry for renewal or life members.

  • 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 and handbook (with full details of all of our sites), an events guide and information on all your membership benefits.

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

Once you’ve bought a gift membership, Historic Scotland’s Membership Team can either send you a special gift pack to present to the recipient, or send the gift membership directly to them, accompanied by a personal message from you.

Notes for editors

  • 345 outstanding historic properties and sites throughout the country are in the care of Historic Scotland. These include some of Scotland’s leading tourism attractions and most important heritage sites, including Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For details visit:

  • 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 currently:

Category Description Price
Adult One person aged 16-59 £39
Adult plus children One person aged 16- 59 plus children (aged 5 to 15) £44
2 Adults Two people aged 16-59 £69
2 Adults plus children Two people aged 16-59 plus children (aged 5 to 15) £74
Concession One person aged 60 or over, full time student, in receipt of state benefit, Young Scot card holder, disabled £30
Concession plus children One person aged 60 or over, full time student, in receipt of state benefit, Young Scot card holder, disabled; plus children (aged 5 to 15) £35
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, disabled £53
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, disabled; plus children (aged 5 to 15) £58

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing Manager
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871