Overview

Your ticket to Scotland's history 

Free admission to over 70 of Scotland’s top visitor attractions is yours with an Explorer Pass. 
Buy an Explorer Pass valid for 3 days or 7 days and visit as many of our properties as you wish within that time – for no additional cost.

A 3-day pass can be used on any 3 days within a 5-day period. A 7-day pass is for any 7 days within a 14-day period. Multiple sites can be visited on any single day. You can visit a specific site only once.

Buy your Explorer Pass

If you're visiting just one region of Scotland, one of our Regional Explorer Passes could be for you:

When you buy an Explorer Pass online, you’ll receive an email with your pass attached as a PDF. This can be printed and used at any site. You must select the date of your first visit when purchasing a pass online – your pass will become valid from this date.

You can also buy an Explorer Pass in person at the first property you visit.

Download the Explorer Pass map

Search our properties for places to visit (please note the Palace of Holyroodhouse is not included in the Explorer Pass).

Pre-booking is required at: 

Trinity House Museum (call 0131 554 3289)

Lochleven Castle (book on site or online)

St Vigeans Sculptured Stones (call 01241 878 756)

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn (book on site or online)

Explorer Pass prices

Visit more, save more

Prices are valid from 1 April 2017.

Your first visit using the pass must take place by 31 March 2018. Any unused passes will expire thereafter.

 

3 Day Pass

7 Day Pass

Adult

£31.00

£42.00

Student/Concession

£24.80

£33.60

Child

£18.60

£25.20

Family

£62.00

£84.00 

Please be aware, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is not included in the Explorer Pass.
Buy your Explorer Pass

Pass types

Flexibility

Adult

Individuals aged 16–59

Student / Concession

  • Aged 60+
  • Students in full time education (with valid ID)
  • Unemployed (proof of Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit required)

Child

Aged 5–15 (children under 5 admitted free)  
Must be accompanied by an adult

Family

2 adults and up to 6 children aged 5–15

Buy your Explorer Pass

If you're visiting just one region of Scotland, one of our Regional Explorer Passes could be for you:

If you are staying in Edinburgh only, then the Royal Edinburgh Ticket, which covers Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is the ticket for you. It also offers unlimited travel on board all of Edinburgh Bus Tours' city tours. 

Contact

Here to help

Customer Service Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Telephone: 0131 668 8999
Email: customer@hes.scot

Historic Scotland

The benefits

  • Free admission

    Free admission to over 70 paid attractions

  • Free events

    Free entry to daytime events

  • Fast track entry

    Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle

  • Discounted audio tours

    20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle