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We are delighted that many of our sites are now open again, so enjoy the cold and crispy days in our courtyards, gardens and grounds and get ready for a historic visit!

Whether you are looking for exciting day trips to our castles and cathedrals or an educational escape no matter the weather, there are so many benefits that come with taking a step back in time at our sites 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.

Find out more about our conservation work


Events are back

We are delighted to welcome back events to our sites, including Castle of Light: A Kingdom of Colours at Edinburgh Castle, Tales from the Castle at Stirling Castle, exciting exhibitions and much more.

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. Also, booking online gives you the best price for Edinburgh, Stirling & Urquhart Castles and Skara Brae.

Visiting us

We are pleased that many of our sites are open again, and are reopening soon. 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.

What to expect from your visit

  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, this may include one-way systems and where areas of sites are closed
  • In line with Scottish Government guidance, we strongly encourage visitors to continue to wear face coverings in interior spaces

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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What you can do to help us

We want everyone to be able to enjoy our sites safely, and so we ask that you respect the following before and during your visit:

  • We recommend booking online to guarantee entry. If you are a Member your ticket will be free, but please make an online booking to guarantee entry. Not a member? Join now to start enjoying the benefits historicenvironment.scot/membership
  • Plan ahead and check information on our website and social pages before you visit
  • Wear a face covering in interior spaces if you are able to
  • Please don’t visit if you have Covid-19 symptoms
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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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