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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass


Doune Castle

Pay only once and enjoy admission to Scotland's top visitor attractions.

Whether you’re looking for a family day out or have an interest in Scottish History you’ll find plenty to do at our properties.

With attractions ranging from the Royal Castles of Edinburgh & Stirling to the ancient mystical sites of Skara Brae and Maeshowe on Orkney, you're sure to see the very best of Scotland's fascinating history.

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Pass Benefits:
  • Free entry to Historic Scotland's 78 paid properties
  • Free entry to our fantastic programme of daytime events
  • Beat the queues at Edinburgh & Stirling Castles
  • 20% discount on audio guides at Edinburgh Castle


Explorer Passes offer great value for money and you can save even more over the winter months with our special winter prices! Prices are valid for visits taking place between 1st November 2014 and 31st March 2015.

 3 days (over 5 days)          7 days (over 14 days)
Adult Pass£23.20£30.40
Child Pass£13.60£17.60
Concession/Student Pass            £19.20£24.80
Family Pass£46.40£60.80


Prices are valid for visits taking place between 1st April 2015 and 30th September 2015.

 3 days (over 5 days)          7 days (over 14 days)
Adult Pass£30.00£40.00
Child Pass£18.00£24.00
Concession/Student Pass            £24.00£32.00
Family Pass£60.00£80.00

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Ticket Types:
AdultIndividuals aged 16-59 yrs
Concession/Student                      Aged 60yrs+, Students in full time education (with valid ID),
Unemployed (proof of Jobseekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or
Income Support required)
ChildAged 5-15 yrs (under 5s admitted free) *
FamilyTwo adults plus up to 6 children aged 5-15 yrs

* Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For a list of all properties included in the Explorer Pass view our places to visit where you can also download a map of all staffed properties.

When buying the Explorer Pass online, you will receive an email with your pass attached as a PDF document. This can be printed and used at any site. Explorer Passes are also available to buy in person at the first Historic Scotland property you visit.

How it works?
A 3 day pass is valid over 5 days and can be used on any 3 days within that 5 day period. A 7 day pass is valid over 14 days and can be used on any 7 days within that 14 day period. When purchasing the pass online you must select the date of your first visit and your pass will become valid from your selected date. Multiple sites may be visited in any one day and only one visit per site is permitted. For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Example of savings

Visit (Adult):
Edinburgh Castle £16.50
Stirling Castle £14.50
Urquhart Castle £8.50
Total Cost £39.50

3 Day Adult Pass £30.00
SAVING £9.50

Contact us

Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44(0) 131 668 8999

Regional Explorer Passes

Are you only visiting one area of Scotland....if so you may find one of our Regional Explorer Passes a good option allowing you to visit all our properties within a specific region of Scotland.

Island's Pass