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

Buy your pass


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 visit

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


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Pass types Definition Price
Adult Aged 16-64yrs £44.00
Concession Aged 65yrs+, full-time students (with valid ID) and unemployed (proof of Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit required) £35.00
Child Aged 7-15yrs. Under 7s free. Children must be accompanied by an adult £26.00
Family 2 adults and up to 3 children (7-15yrs) £88.00

Now all there’s left to do is enjoy exploring

Buy your Explorer Pass
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

Family walking along beach towards Blackness Castle