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Our free apps help you plan your adventures in Scotland and explore the sites in a new, interactive way.

Costumed performer outside Caerlaverock Castle promoting the new Castle Quest app

1 Historic Scotland app

If you are looking to plan out your adventures to some of Scotland’s iconic historic attractions, the free Historic Scotland app is packed with everything you need to get inspired for your next holiday or day trip.

Intuitive and easy to use, the app allows you to search 300+ sites in the care of Historic Scotland by region or interest, such as ‘families’, ‘gardens’, ‘picnics’ and ‘military history’. You can also view all sites on an interactive map of Scotland.

Not sure where you want to go? Don’t worry - the app offers you a variety of ideas, including events in your area and itinerary ideas for every region of Scotland, with new content added regularly to provide a source of inspiration.

Features:

  • create your own Historic Itinerary and share on your social channels
  • search ‘what’s near me?’ within a 50km radius of your current location
  • ‘Inspire Me’ – find ideas on where to visit with the latest features and itineraries
  • search by region or ‘best for’ category
  • image galleries
  • interactive map view
  • pricing, opening times and facilities information
  • location and travel information
  • events search
  • Historic Scotland tweets and site closure notifications
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Are you having problems with the app? Do you think there is room for improvement? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions. Email us at marketing@hes.scot

2 Caerlaverock Castle Quest

Meet the characters of Caerlaverock Castle and discover what their lives were like here in 1312, as you bring them to life with our Castle Quest augmented reality game.

Explore the castle and grounds as you undertake your quest, hearing tales as you go from the staff as they prepare for the return of Sir Eustace Maxwell to Caerlaverock after the siege of 1300.

  • Hear stories from 11 members of the castle household; from our resident cook to a monk from neighbouring Sweetheart Abbey
  • Collect a piece of flag from each character you meet
  • Piece together your flag to complete your challenge

We will be expanding the quest to include the woodland walk and old castle when essential conservation works are complete. Stay tuned!

Learn about the fascinating history of Caerlaverock Castle and pre-download the app before your visit:

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3 Audio Guides

We may be closed at the moment, but for a limited time only enjoy listening to our audio guides from the comfort of your own home.

Our audio guides work best on your phone through your browser, especially on Safari and Chrome. We're aware that the there may be problems trying to access the tours on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe.

Let the castle capture your imagination in this audio guide presented by authors Ian Rankin and George R Martin, actor Saoirse Ronan and more.

Edinburgh Castle Audio Guide

Download the Edinburgh Castle large print audio guide script [PDF, 1.06MB]

Find out more about the music, sounds and archived voices of Edinburgh Castle’s audio guide in the audio credits [PDF, 6.3MB]

Stirling Castle

From high on a volcanic outcrop, Stirling Castle guarded the lowest crossing point of the River Forth for centuries. Today it remains a great symbol of Scottish independence and national pride.

Explore the castle’s long, turbulent history:

Stirling Castle Audio Guide

Download the Stirling Castle large print audio guide script [PDF, 753KB]

Doune Castle

Doune was a royal retreat, built to impress.

Storm the castle with Terry Jones from Monty Python, and learn about the filming of Outlander with Sam Heughan:

Doune Castle Audio Guide

Download the Doune Castle large print audio guide script [PDF, 1.09MB]

Fort George

Fort George is one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe. Hear all about this fine example of 18th-century military engineering:

Fort George Audio Guide

Download the Fort George large print audio guide script [PDF, 628KB]

Glasgow Cathedral

Scotland’s largest city sprung up around this awe-inspiring, medieval cathedral.

Follow a similar path to the one that medieval pilgrims would have taken to see the tomb of St Mungo, and listen to the sounds of Glasgow Cathedral’s choir.

Glasgow Cathedral Audio Guide

Download the Glasgow Cathedral large print audio guide script [PDF, 470KB]

Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey is one of Scotland's most sacred sites. Discover the story of this once vibrant centre of Christian worship founded by St Columba in 563 AD:

Iona Abbey Audio Guide

Download the Iona Abbey large print audio guide script [PDF, 616KB]

Jarlshof

Journey 4,000 years back in time at this Neolithic settlement. Explore the broch, Bronze Age smithy and the Norse House built by the Vikings:

Jarlshof Audio Guide

Download the Jarlshof large print audio guide script [PDF, 768KB]

Jedburgh Abbey

Tour this impressive range of buildings and discover what life was like for the Augustinian Canons who once lived and worshiped here:

Jedburgh Abbey Audio Guide

Download the Jedburgh Abbey large print audio guide script [PDF, 667KB]

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey is a magnificent, grand ruin. In our audio guide, discover more about the place so beloved by Robert the Bruce, he chose it as the final resting place for his heart.

Melrose Abbey Audio Guide

Download the Melrose Abbey large print audio guide script [PDF, 804KB]

Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower dominates a rocky crag in Scotland's borders. Discover more about the place that inspired the great Romantic novelist, Sir Walter Scott.

Smailholm Tower Audio Guide

Download the Smailholm Tower large print audio guide script [PDF, 703KB]

St Andrews Castle

Throughout the Middle Ages, this castle was the official residence of Scotland's leading bishop. Explore the castle that was caught in the struggle of the Protestant Reformation.

St Andrews Castle Audio Guide

Download the St Andrews Castle large print audio guide script [PDF, 628KB]

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