over 5,000 years of history in just a few days with our Explorer Pass

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Our Explorer Pass is a great and easy way to visit many of our properties across Scotland. The pass is valid for 7 consecutive days. The pass includes entry to Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae and Fort George. It’s a great way to explore Scotland’s iconic sites and get the most out of its fascinating history and heritage.

The number of Explorer Passes are limited. They often sell out a week or more in advance, so please plan ahead.

Find out where you can use your Explorer Pass on the Sites you can visit page above.

Winter Offer

From 1 November 2023 you can take advantage of our winter offer.

Receive 20% discount on your Explorer Pass and visit any of our 30+ sites open throughout the winter months at no extra cost. First date of use must be on or before 28 March 2024, any unused passes will expire thereafter. The 20% discount will be applied at checkout once you have selected dates between 1 November 2023 and 28 March 2024.


Explorer Passes do not include access to the following:

  • Properties in the care of The National Trust for Scotland
  • Members of the Historic Houses Association
  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey 
  • Or properties in the care of private trusts including Calanais Visitor Centre and Kinnaird Head Lighthouse

Frequently Asked Questions

Explorer Pass Terms and Conditions

How it works

How it works


  • Visit all our sites with one pass
  • Guaranteed entry when you pre-book
  • 20% discount on audio guides at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and Glasgow Cathedral
  • Pre-book your visits
Prebook your visits

Sites you can visit

We strongly recommend checking the opening days and times of the sites you would like to visit prior to purchasing your pass. Use the links below to check opening times and make your advance bookings: 

Aberdour Castle and Gardens

Arbroath Abbey

Balvenie Castle (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Blackhouse, Arnol

Blackness Castle

Biggar Gaswork Museum (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Bishop's & Earls Palaces, Kirkwall (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Broch of Gurness (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Brough of Birsay (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Caerlaverock Castle

Cairnpapple Hill (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Caroness Castle (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Castle Campbell & Gardens (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Corgarff Castle (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Craigmillar Castle

Craignethan Castle (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Crichton Castle (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Crossraguel Abbey (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Dirleton Castle

Doune Castle

Dryburgh Abbey

Duff House

Dumbarton Castle

Dundonald Castle 

Dundrennan Abbey (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Edinburgh Castle

Edzell Castle & Garden (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Elcho Castle (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Elgin Cathedral

Fort George

Glenluce Abbey (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Hackness Martell Tower & Battery (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Hermitage Castle  (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Huntingtower Castle

Huntly Castle

Inchcolm Abbey (open 1 Apr - 31 Oct)

Iona Abbey 

Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Jedburgh Abbey 

Kildrummy Castle (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Kinneil House

Kisimul Castle (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

Linlithgow Palace 

Lochleven Castle (open 1 Apr - 31 Oct)

MacLellan's Castle (open 1 Apr - 31 Oct)

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

Melrose Abbey (grounds and museum only)

New Abbey Corn Mill

Skara Brae 

Spynie Palace (open 1 Apr - 30 Sept)

St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Cathedral

Stirling Castle 

Tantallon Castle

Urquhart Castle


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Prices from 1 November 2023 to 28 March 2024

Pass types Definition Price
Adult Aged 16-64yrs £35.00
Concession Aged 65yrs+, full-time students (with valid ID) and unemployed (proof of Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit required) £28.00
Child Aged 7-15yrs. Under 7s free. Children must be accompanied by an adult £21.00
Family 2 adults and up to 3 children (7-15yrs) £70.00

Now all there’s left to do is enjoy exploring

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Historic Scotland

Pass Benefits

  • Free admission

    Free entry to all Historic Scotland sites that are open

  • Great Value for money

    Includes entry to Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles plus many more sites

  • Discounted audio guide

    20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and Glasgow Cathedral

  • Guaranteed entry

    Just pre-book your ticket with your explorer pass online before you visit

  • Winter offer

    20% off pass prices 1 Nov 2023 - 28 Mar 2024

Family walking along beach towards Blackness Castle