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Immerse yourself in Scotland’s history and explore our fantastic historic sites. Enjoy a day trip with friends and family or take timeout for yourself, history awaits everyone.

Whether you’re looking for exciting day trips to our majestic castles and cathedrals, or walks in our beautiful gardens, our action-packed sites, events, and activities are perfect for you and all the family.

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to some of our sites.

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Explore a vibrant line-up of events for the start of 2024! Ranging from beautiful exhibitions or walks with our rangers around Holyrood Park to an afternoon at Edinburgh or Stirling Castle to indulge in a dining experience fit for royalty.

Check out our events programme

Book ahead

Don’t miss out! To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking tickets online in advance to guarantee entry to our sites. This is essential when planning a visit to some of our busiest sites including Blackness Castle, Doune Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, Skara Brae and Urquhart Castle.

Explore iconic sites and Scotland's fascinating history with our Explorer Pass - a great and easy way to visit many of our properties! The pass is valid for 7 consecutive days. The pass includes entry to the sites mentioned above. Visits must be booked in advance.

Visiting us

We are pleased that many of our sites are open again. While some of the buildings may be closed, the grounds can still be enjoyed by all. Please check individual listings for more information. For our ticketed sites, we do recommend booking in advance to guarantee entry.


Many of our unstaffed sites are open

From standing stones to castle grounds, many of the sites in our care are open to visit for free. Be sure to check a site is open before you travel.

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Still have questions?

Take a look at our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about visiting our sites

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