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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.

Find out where you can visit

Please note: 

  • Numbers of Explorer Passes are limited. They often sell out a week or more in advance, so please plan ahead.
  • The passes do not include properties in the care of The National Trust for Scotland, members of the Historic Houses Association, the Palace of Holyroodhouse or those in 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
  • No additional booking is required (with the exception of Maeshowe which must be prebooked)
  • 20% discount on audio guides at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and Glasgow Cathedral
Prebook your visit to Maeshowe


Visit more, save more!

Category 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 5-15yrs. Under 5s free. Children must be accompanied by an adult £21.00
Family 2 adults and up to 3 children (5-15yrs) £70.00

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

  • No need to pre-book

    Just turn up and show your pass (with the exception of Maeshowe which must be prebooked)

Family looking at Caerlaverock Castle